Ray's musings and humor

Ah, another good day

Ray’s Daily

June 2, 2017



Be happy. It’s one way of being wise.


Yesterday I said I had more tasks then I could handle so I had to prioritize what needed to be done and eliminate some tasks of lessor importance. But wouldn’t you know it something else came up and I could not do the top two things on my list.

I decided not to fret about what I couldn’t do and focus on what I did do. There is something satisfying about handling an unexpected challenge and I felt good about what I did do. And you know what? the world did not end because of what I didn’t do. So today is another good day with new opportunities and I think I will have fun doing them.

Here is an abridged article that I think has value for there is joy in the little things if you stop to appreciate them.

Increase Your Happiness in Just 5 Minutes

by Kevin Ngo

Happiness is just a feeling we each create within ourselves which means you can do it on purpose.

 The Plan

In order for you to have a happy life, you would need to have enough experiences or moments in your life that made you happy. Does this mean you have to be happy at least 51% of the time? Not necessarily. You could feel like you had a happy life even if you experienced more unhappy moments simply be focusing on the happy moments.

In almost any experience you have, whether it was good or bad will largely depend on what you give your focus to.

The Action

Going back to increasing your happiness, it’s simple: Take 5 minutes a day and do something that makes you happy. That way, when you think back on your day, you’ll have at least one happy moment to easily focus on.

Whether it’s playing an instrument, hanging out with your kids and/or spouse, reading a good book, drawing, taking a bubble bath, working out, feeling grateful, meditating, or anything else, if it makes you happy, you should be doing it more frequently.

Waiting for something to come along to make you happy is a formula for unhappiness, frustration, and stress. Understand that you create your own happiness and in order to apply this, you need to schedule that “happiness creation” into your daily or weekly routine.

Of course, 5 minutes is just a minimum. If you’re super busy, start with 5 minutes and increase it as you please.

It Can’t Be That Easy

Some of you reading this may be thinking that this is ridiculous and that being happy is way, way harder than I’m making it out to be. If so, you may want to rethink your definition of happiness. If you think happiness is achieved by making tons of money or having lots of stuff or having power and fame, then marketers have done a good job in making you believe that happiness is something external. If so, you’ll likely be chasing it for the rest of your life.

Keep It Simple

Don’t make being happy harder than it really is. Keep it simple. Focus more on the good things in your life and start setting aside some time each day to do something that makes you happy.


“The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes, but in liking what one does.”

James M. Barrie


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Money can’t buy everything…..but then again, neither can no money.


As the crowded elevator descended, Mrs. Silverman became increasingly furious with her husband, who was delighted to be pressed against a gorgeous young blonde woman.

As the elevator stopped at the main floor, the blonde suddenly whirled, slapped Mr. Silverman, and said, “That will teach you to pinch!”

Bewildered, Mr. Silverman was halfway to the parking lot with his wife when he choked, “I . . . I didn’t pinch that girl.”

“Of course you didn’t,” replied his wife, consolingly. “I did.”


The secret of getting ahead is getting started.


Early one morning, my husband, who works in a funeral home, woke me, complaining of severe abdominal pains. We rushed to the emergency room, where tests were performed to determine the source of the pain.

My husband decided not to have me call in sick for him until we knew what was wrong. When the results came back, the nurse informed us that, true to our suspicions, he was suffering from a kidney stone.

I turned to my husband and asked, “Would you like me to call the funeral home now?”

With a scornful look, the nurse turned to me and snapped, “Honey, he’s not that sick!”


The biggest troublemaker you’ll probably ever have to deal with is the one you see in the mirror every morning.


During the first day of Hanukkah, two elderly Jewish men were sitting in a wonderful deli frequented almost exclusively by Jews in New York City. They were talking amongst themselves in Yiddish – the colorful language of Jews who came over from Eastern Europe

A Chinese waiter, only one year in New York, came up and in fluent impeccable Yiddish asked them if everything was okay and if they were enjoying the holiday.

The Jewish men were dumbfounded. Where did he ever learn such perfect Yiddish, they both thought. After they paid the bill they asked the restaurant manager, an old friend of theirs, “Where did our waiter learn such fabulous Yiddish?”

The manager looked around and leaned in so no one else will hear and said, “Shhhh. He thinks we’re teaching him English.”


“The degree of one’s emotion varies inversely with one’s knowledge of the facts—the less you know the hotter you get.”

Bertrand Russell


By the time a Marine pulled into a little town, every hotel room was taken. “You’ve got to have a room somewhere,” he pleaded. “Or just a bed, I don’t care where.”

“Well, I do have a double room with one occupant an Army guy,” admitted the manager, “and he might be glad to split the cost. But to tell you the truth, he snores so loudly that people in adjoining rooms have complained in the past. I’m not sure it’d be worth it to you.”

“No problem,” the tired Marine assured him. “I’ll take it.”

The next morning the Marine came down to breakfast, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.

“How’d you sleep?” asked the manager. “Never better.”

The manager was impressed. “No problem with the other guy snoring, then?”

“Nope, I shut him up in no time” said the Marine.

“How’d you manage that?” asked the manager.

“He was already in bed, snoring away, when I came in the room,” the Marine explained. “I went over, gave him a kiss on the cheek, said, good night beautiful and when I got up this morning, he was still sitting there with his eyes wide open watching me.”


All seasons are beautiful for the person who carries happiness within.

Horace Friess


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

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