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The road to happiness

Ray’s Daily

November 3, 2017


“There is only one success – to spend your life in your own way.”

Christopher Morley

Building the road

If you are like I am you find life to be pretty dynamic. There really is not much use to sit back and thiunk that everything is static and all our challenges are behind us. In seems to me our place in this world is a work in progress. An endeavor that requires us to review and adjust as time goes by.

We are never to old to invest in ourselves, an investment that keep our life interesting while maximizing our chance for happiness. The following checklist can be helpful as you implement your plan for the good life.

If You Want To Feel Happier In Life, Try Using This Checklist

By  Keinosuke Johan Miyanaga

Someone asked: What comprises a responsibility checklist for having a good life? Here is one of the best answers that’s been pulled from the thread. I’m not quite certain what to make of “responsibility” but here is what makes for a good life in a 3 x 3 checklist format.

3 goals to achieve happiness:

  • [ ] Stay organized. This is by far the easiest way to save time and money.
  • [ ] Have integrity. Be the better person.
  • [ ] Gain competence. Become the better professional.
  • Result: Happiness through accomplishment.

3 skills to protect happiness:

  • [ ] Forgiveness. Let go, be indifferent, be on your way. Let bygones be bygones.
  • [ ] Detachment. You will inevitably emotionally attach yourself to things that matter, but often times we overestimate what matters. Don’t emotionally invest too much into the past or into the future. Don’t let mistakes move you. Have faith in what you are doing.
  • [ ] Honesty. We cannot always be honest with others, but we sometimes have the hardest time with ourselves. If anything, be blatantly honest with yourself. Nothing good will come of messing with your own head.
  • Result: Happiness with persistence.

3 steps to create happiness:

1.[ ] Define happiness (think). If you cannot define it, you don’t know it. And defining is not describing. Yes, choose your definition. It’s about you.

2.[ ] Do happiness (act). Thinking is not doing. What you do is the difference you make. To make a difference for the better, one must act.

3.[ ] Build happiness (invest). Doing is not building. Be it a home, a family, a work environment, an entertainment system, happiness stacks. Invest in your stack. Engineer your life so it’s how you want it. Plant flowers that make you smile.  Find a pet that helps you forget. Embed joy into every wall. Manufacture happiness.


Loving your life is about trusting your instinct, taking chances, losing and finding happiness cherishing memories and learning through experiences. It’s long time journey, live consciously in the moment and enjoy your life as it unfold.


I am going to do something I have never done before. I am going to post excerpts from a piece I just got from one of our readers, You will probably immediately see why she sent it to me.


A distraught senior citizen phoned her doctor’s office. “Is it true,” she wanted to know,

“that the medication  you prescribed has to be taken for the rest of my life?”

“‘Yes, I’m afraid so,”‘ the doctor  told her.

There was a moment of silence before the senior lady replied, “I’m wondering, then,

just how serious is my condition because this prescription is marked    ‘NO REFILLS’..”


An older gentleman was on the operating table awaiting surgery and he insisted that his son, a renowned surgeon,  perform the operation. As he was about to get the anesthesia, he asked to speak  to his son.

“Yes, Dad, what is it?”

“Don’t be nervous, son;  do your best, and just remember, if it doesn’t go well, if something happens to me, your mother is going to come and live with you and your wife….”


The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for. (Mostly because we forgot why we were waiting in line in the first place!!)


One of the many things no one tells you about aging is that it is such a nice change from being young.

Ah, being young is beautiful, but being old is comfortable.


First you forget names, then you forget faces. Then you forget to pull up your zipper….. it’s worse when you forget to pull it down.


Two guys, one old, one young, are pushing their carts around Wal-Mart when they collide.

The old guy says to the young guy, “Sorry about that.  I’m looking for my wife, and I guess I wasn’t paying attention to where I was going.”

The young guy says, “That’s OK,   it’s a coincidence. I’m looking for my wife, too… I can’t find her and I’m getting a little desperate.”

The old guy says, “Well, maybe I can help you find her… what does she look like?”

The young guy says, “Well, she is 27 yrs. old, tall, with red hair, blue eyes, is buxom…wearing no bra, long legs, and is wearing short shorts.

What does your wife look like?’

To which the old guy says,   “Doesn’t matter, — let’s look for yours.”


“Gather the crumbs of happiness and they will make you a loaf of contentment.”



Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

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