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Have a happy life

Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.

Marcus Aurelius


As you know I believe that we all deserve to be happy as we go through life, It is not too easy if we walk alone with unable to enjoy sharing in so much that is offered us. You cannot demand friendship or a supportive environment, it is something we earn by what we do. Bottom line, be likable and you will be liked,

Years ago Dale Carnegie published a list of 50 thoughts on how you can become the person you would like to be, There are too many to list them all here but here are some I find to be especially worthwhile.

  • Don’t criticize, condemn or complain.
  • Give honest, sincere appreciation.
  • Become genuinely interested in other people.
  • Talk in terms of the other person’s interests.
  • Show respect for the other person’s opinion. Never say, “you’re wrong.”
  • If you are wrong, admit it quickly and emphatically.
  • Try honestly to see the other person’s point of view.
  • Talk about your own mistakes before criticizing the other person.
  • How to face trouble:
  1. Ask yourself, “What is the worst that can possibly happen?”
  2. Prepare to accept the worst.
  3. Try to improve on the worst.
  • Remind yourself of the exorbitant price you can pay for worry in terms of your health.
  • Keep busy.
  • Don’t fuss about trifles.
  • Don’t worry about the past.
  • Never try to get even with your enemies.
  • Count your blessings—not your troubles.
  • Create happiness for others.


Lead the life that will make you kindly and friendly to everyone about you, and you will be surprised what a happy life you will lead.

Charles M. Schwab


Aaron is sitting on a bench in the park with his friend Irving. Neither has spoken for 10 minutes when Aaron suddenly says, “Do you know what, Irving?”

“No, what Aaron?”

“Mine Rivka,” continues Aaron, “is very knowledgeable.

She reads the Times newspaper every day from front to back; she watches the news on TV every hour; she reads all kinds of books and she regularly goes to evening classes. She is so up-to-date about current affairs that she can talk all night on any subject.”

“So what?” says Irving, “Mine Sadie doesn’t need a subject.”


Shipwrecked woman to husband: “I can’t believe I’m finally losing weight and the nearest mirror is a thousand miles away!”


An 80 year old man goes in to see the doctor.

Doctor says, “What is the problem?”

Old man says, “Well, it’s my wife. Our sex life has gone downhill drastically.”

The doctor replies, “How long have you been married?”

Old man, “50 years next month.”

Doctor, “When did you first start noticing this?”

Old man, “Well, first last night, and then again this morning.”


“Nothing is impossible for the man who doesn’t have to do it himself.”

H. Weiler


Women believe if a pet cat strays, it’s because of a lack of affection at home.

Women believe if a pet dog strays, it’s because of a lack of affection at home.

Women believe if a woman strays, it’s because of a lack of affection at home.

Women believe if a man strays, it’s because men are scum.


He who laughs, lasts.

Mary Poole


My 60-something friend Nancy and I decided to introduce her mother to the magic of the Internet. Our first move was to access the popular “Ask Jeeves” site, and we told her it could answer any question she had.  Nancy’s mother was very skeptical until Nancy said, “It’s true, Mom. Think of something to ask it.”

As I sat with fingers poised over the keyboard, Nancy’s mother thought a minute, and then responded, “How is Aunt Helen feeling?”


I am a nobody, and nobody is perfect; therefore I am perfect.


A lady is having a bad day at the roulette tables in ‘Vegas. She’s down to her last $50. Exasperated, she exclaims, “What rotten luck! What in the world should I do now?”

A man standing next to her, trying to calm her down, suggests, “I don’t know why don’t you play your age?”

He walks away. Moments later, his attention is grabbed by a great commotion at the roulette table. Maybe she won! He rushes back to the table and pushes his way through the crowd. The lady is lying limp on the floor, with the table operator kneeling over her. The man is stunned. He asks, “What happened? Is she all right?”

The operator replies, “I don’t know. She put all her money on 29, and 36 came up. Then she just fainted!”


I’m a big believer that your life is basically a sum of all the choices you make. The better your choices, the better opportunity to lead a happy life.

Karen Salmansohn


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.

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