“Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.”
James M. Barrie
I know it is the season to be jolly but it was a little hard for me yesterday. My day began with an ophthalmologist letting me know I needed additional treatments for my eye discomfort. When I returned to my car from my appointment I was greeted by snowl, just enough to make driving a little challenging. I then spent time searching for a source of the medication my doctor wanted me to use only to find it was no longer being produced, after making numerous calls, an acceptable substitute.
Fortunately a therapeutic nap restored my jolliness and I was able to get on with the day. As you know I am a big advocate of investing in happiness. In that spirit I offer some tips I recently picked up from an article by Elizabeth Scott, MS.
The phrase, “Laughter is the best medicine,” has become a cliché because it’s so true. We know that laughter has benefits far beyond mood. Laughter can actually enhance immunity and prolong life. (See this article for more on the benefits of laughter.) However, to elevate your mood, laughter can’t be beat — in fact, the mere expectation of laughter has been known to bring benefits.) There are several quick ways to have more fun and get more laughter in your life (jokes are some of my favorites), but the long-term strategy of maintaining a sense of humor about life can bring continual happiness, as well as less stress.
Change Your Perspective
Often, your satisfaction with life is tied to your frame of reference and the comparisons you make. If you’re trying to ‘keep up with the Joneses,’ and the Joneses are millionaires, it’s much more difficult to stay happy and satisfied with your place in life than if you’re volunteering your time to help those in need, and are constantly reminded of how much you have in comparison. One quick and simple way to turn your mood around is to change your expectations and comparison. Instead of looking at what you don’t have, look at all that you do have. There will always be people who have more than you in one area of life or another, but many have less. Revel in the benefits of gratitude, and change the way you view what you have (and don’t have), and you can feel more happiness right away.
Happiness expert Robert Holden, Ph.D., who has a very successful 8-week course on the development of happiness, you don’t need need to work toward happiness, you can just be happy. Think about it: you likely already know what activities make you feel good, and what brings you joy. Just do those things. (And why not start today? As Holden recommends, “Live NOW–procrastinate later!”)
Another thing you can do is decide in the morning that you’re going to be a little happier. Think about 3 things that can make you a little happier that day, and try to do them. While building a life that fosters happiness is a good idea, you don’t need to wait until that happiness-lifestyle is in place; you can be happier now by simply choosing happiness.
“Dance as though no one is watching you. Love as though you have never been hurt before. Sing as though no one can hear you. Live as though heaven is on earth.”
Old Sam Johnson goes to his doctor complaining of aches and pains all over his body. After a thorough examination, the doctor gives him a clean bill of health.
“Sam, you’re in excellent shape for an 85 year old man. But I’m not a magician – I can’t make you any younger”, says the doctor.
“Who asked you to make me younger, already?” says Sam. “You just make sure I get older!”
Is there another word for synonym?
My two brothers arrived at boot camp together. On the first morning, their unit was dragged out of bed by a drill sergeant and made to assemble outside.
“My name’s Sergeant Jackson,” he snarled. “Is there anyone here who thinks he can whip me?”
My six-foot-three, 280-pound, brother raised his hand and said,
“Yes sir, I do.”
The sergeant grabbed him by the arm and led him out in front of the entire group.
“Men,” he said, “this is my new assistant. Now is there anyone here who thinks he can whip both of us?”
When push comes to shove… somebody’s gonna figure out that “push” and “shove” mean the same damn thing.
A man came home from the office and found his new bride sobbing convulsively.
“I feel terrible,” she told him. “I was pressing your suit and I burned a big hole in the seat of your trousers.”
“Oh, just forget it,” consoled her husband. “Remember that I’ve got an extra pair of pants for that suit.”
“Yes, I know. And it’s lucky you have!” said the woman, drying her eyes.
“I was able to use a piece from them to patch the hole!”
So a dyslexic walks into a bra . . .
A few years ago, as a solar eclipse approached, a planetarium director in Southern California sent out warnings to the community about the eclipse. He warned people not to look directly into the sun during the eclipse. Soon after issuing the warning, the planetarium director received an indignant letter from a local resident… The letter read:
“Dear Director Atherton,
If an eclipse is so dangerous, you should never have scheduled one in the first place!”
A man walks into the pharmacy and asks the pharmacist, “Do you have any acetylsalicylic acid?”
“Do you mean aspirin?” asks the pharmacist.
“That’s it! . . . I can never remember that word!!”
I’m going to be happy today,
Though the skies may be cloudy and gray
No matter what may come my way
I’m going to be happy today.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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