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Good morning sunshine

“If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you’ll never enjoy the sunshine.”

Morris West

be happy

When I wake up each morning I spend a little time thinking about what in the day will make me happy. I find by not letting my mind wander and get cluttered up with what’s ahead both good and not so good I start my day on a positive note.

I honestly feel our days are filled with events colored by the mental glasses we wear. Some of our glasses filter out the bright spots while others filter out the grey areas. I think our glasses are our mindset so I choose to embrace a positive mindset as the day begins,

How about you? Do you just let the day carry you away; do you sometimes look ahead and see the day under a dark cloud? I hope not, life can be dreary if you keep the sun out. I often wonder how you are doing, I even wonder if you still read the daily. Here is a five part happiness formula written by Kimberly Englot that I like, I hope you will too.

The 5 Part Happiness Formula

I am a fan of happiness. I like to read about it, write about it, teach it and live it! Happiness comes easily to me but I understand that that isn’t the case for everyone. I’ve come up with what I think is the exact formula needed. Excitement + Freedom + Joy + Inspiration + Love = Happiness. It might look a little complicated, but it really isn’t. You can start small and look for small ways to incorporate more of those states into your life.


By excitement, I don’t necessarily mean jumping up and down, or heart-pounding situations. It could be what comes with thinking about something you are really passionate about, or planning a party, or a trip. It could be a ride at an amusement park, or just rolling down the windows in your car. Anything that adds that shiver of fun to your life will instantly lift your mood.


The ability to make your own decisions goes a long way in happiness. When you base your decisions on what other people might think or say, or when you feel obligated to do things that independence disappears, and your happiness goes right along with it. Start small, or start to appreciate the things in your life that you do have complete control over, like what kind of socks you can wear or the route you take to get to work.


This is just another word for happiness, but it implies peace. Joy is an internal feeling, it comes from loving people and your environment. Joy does not depend on the things you have, but rather the way you feel about them. Add more joy to your life by creating a Gratitude Guide and writing 10 things in it every night.


Nothing like feeling inspired to act. You can’t help but succeed when you follow divine inspiration! It could be trying a new recipe, or dancing to your favorite song. It could be taking a leap to change careers or move to a new city. Big or small, inspiration instantly increases your happiness when you follow it.


You must love yourself fully, because others can only love you to the extent that you love yourself. When you fully love yourself, you also realize that everything is love. Find ways to bring more love into your life. Smile at a stranger, practice more empathy, or cuddle your cat. Anything you can do to release love, will automatically add happiness.


“It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about.”

Dale Carnegie


A young Scottish lad and lassie were sitting on a low stone wall, holding hands, and just gazing out over the loch. For several minutes they sat silently, then finally the girl looked at the boy and said, “A penny for your thoughts, Angus.”

“Well, uh, I was thinkin’. . .perhaps it’s aboot time for a wee kiss.”

The girl blushed, then leaned over and kissed him lightly on the cheek. Then he blushed.

Then the two turned once again to gaze out over the loch. After a while the girl spoke again. “Another penny for your thoughts, Angus.”

The young man knit his brow. “Well, now,” he said, “my thoughts are a bit more serious this time.”

“Really?” said the girl in a whisper, filled with anticipation.

“Aye,” said the lad. “Din’na ye think it’s aboot time ye paid me that first penny?”


Why do we press harder on the remote when we know the battery is dead?


An old Indian chief sat in his hut on the reservation, smoking a ceremonial pipe and eyeing two US government officials sent to interview him. “Chief Two Eagles,” asked one official, “You have observed the white man for 90 years. You’ve seen his wars and his material wealth.

You’ve seen his progress, and the damage he’s done.” The chief nodded that it was so. The official continued, “Considering all these events, in your opinion, where did the white man go wrong?”

The chief stared at the government officials for over a minute and then calmly replied, “When white man found the land, Indians were running it. No taxes, no debt, plenty buffalo, plenty beaver, women did all the work, medicine man free, Indian man spent all day hunting and fishing, all night having sex.”

Then the chief leaned back and smiled, “White man dumb enough to think he could improve system like that!”


When I was born I was so surprised I didn’t talk for a year and a half.

Gracie Allen


“I play golf in the low 80’s,” the little old man was telling one of the young boys at the club.

“Wow,” said the young man, “that’s pretty impressive.”

“Not really,” said the little old man. “Any hotter and I’d probably have a stroke.”


“Don’t aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally.”

David Frost


After finishing an out-of-town errand, I discovered that my car wouldn’t start because it was out of gas.  A passerby told me there was a service station a half-mile away, so I took a gas can from the trunk and trudged the distance in the sweltering sun.

The attendant filled my two-gallon can, and I lugged it back and poured the gas into the tank.  But when I tried to unlock the car door, it wouldn’t open.  Just then, I noticed an identical old car parked a short distance away.  That was my car; I had filled a stranger’s gas tank.

Wearily I walked back to the station.  “You know,” the attendant suggested helpfully, “this is merely a ‘suggestion’ on my part, but……..instead of walking back and forth to fill the tank from the can, you could put a couple of gallons in the tank and then just drive the car here.”


“The happiest people in the world are those who feel absolutely terrific about themselves, and this is the natural outgrowth of accepting total responsibility for every part of their life.”

Brian Tracy


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.



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