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Choose Happiness

Ray’s Daily

March 2, 2018


“Don’t water your weeds”

Harvey MacKay

Choose Happiness

I find it is not always easy to set discomfort aside but I do know that feeling good is always better. I am sure you know people who always seem to be living on the bright side, I know I do. They are the folks we gravitate to as their good spirits are infectious.

I believe that how we feel is as much about our mindset as it is what is going on in and around us. All I know is that investing in one’s personal happiness is the best thing we can do for ourselves. I don’t know who wrote the following but what they wrote makes sense to me.

To Feel Good is To Be Allowing

You attract what you ARE – when you are “making the best of it” and looking for reasons / ways to feel content DESPITE whatever may be going on in your life right now, you ARE allowing!

And ALLOWING — becoming an energetic match to what you would like to attract — is the ONLY way to manifest anything! To TRY to feel happy or content is the fastest way to match the energy of that which you want — that is HOW you ALLOW it into being!

So, go out there and FEEL BETTER today!  …Look for reasons to FEEL APPRECIATIVE!  …Try to find things to FEEL PLEASED about, and more GOOD will find you!

  • Look for the good things in your life
  • Try to find reasons to feel at peace, content, and good
  • List the positive aspects of situations and people around you
  • Think of ANY ways in which your life is “just right” right now
  • Search for examples of good news
  • Collect stories and memories of the good things that have happened in the past and are happening still, all around you
  • Ask the Universe to give you experiences to feel really happy about…

(And, best of all, when you are FEELING GOOD, the particular type of good that you like BEST of all, is the GOOD you are attracting more of!)


“Why? It’s an excellent question. But an even better one is…Why not?”

Lara Whatley


Several weeks after a young man had been hired, he was called into the personnel director’s office.  “What is the meaning of this?” the director asked.  “When you applied for this job, you told us you had five years experience.  Now we discovered this is the first job you’ve ever held.”

“Well,” the young man replied, “in your advertisement you said you wanted somebody with imagination.”


“Now, how many of you would like to go to heaven?” asked the Sunday school teacher.  All the eager three-year-olds raised their hands except Tommy.

“I’m sorry, I can’t.  My mother told me to come right home after Sunday school.”


Do not argue with a spouse who is packing your parachute.


A manager has to take on some sport by his doctor so he decides to play tennis. After a couple of weeks his secretary asks him how he’s doing.

“It’s going fine”, the manager says, “When I’m on the court and I see the ball speeding towards me my brain immediately says: To the corner! Back hand! To the net! Smash! Go back!”

“Really? What happens then?” the girl asks enthusiastic.

“Then my body says: Who? Me? Don’t talk nonsense!”


In just two days, tomorrow will be yesterday.


There’s some things you need to know. Soon as I remember I’ll tell you what they are.

I’m the Life of the Party …….even when it lasts ’till 7pm.  However, I’m Usually interested in goin’ home long before I get to where I’m goin’.

I’m Smilin’ all the time, cause I can’t hear a word you’re sayin’. I’m also good at tellin’ Stories…… over and over and over again!

I’m good on a trip for at least an hour, without my BenGay, Aspirin, Antacid…… I’m even good at opening Childproof caps…… With a Hammer!

I’m for Sure aware that other people’s Grandchildren aren’t as bright as mine. Ever noticed that they’re making Adults much Younger these days?

I’m walking more …..(to the bathroom) and enjoying it less. I’m the first one to find that bathroom wherever I go.

I’m Positive I did housework correctly before the Internet. And, I’m sure everything I can’t find, is in a secure place. I’m a walking storeroom of facts ….. I’ve just misplaced the storeroom.

I’m now spending more time with my pillows than with my spouse. I’m awake Many Hours before my body allows me to get up.

I’m in the *Initial* state of my Golden Years: SS, Cd’s, IRA’s, AARP I’ve been wondering, If you’re only as old as you feel, how could I still be alive since I ‘passed’ 50?

I’m supporting all movements now….by eating bran, prunes, raisins & chuggin’ Geritol.

I’m so cared for: long-term care, eye care, private care, dental care, and Medicare!

I’m having trouble remembering simple words like….. duh….

I’m realizing that aging is not for sissies.

I’m not Grouchy, I just don’t like traffic, waiting, politicians…..

I’m anti-everything now: anti-fat, anti-smoke, anti-noise, anti-inflammatory, and just generally antipodal.

I’m a Senior Citizen and I’m told I’m having the time of my Life!


Age doesn’t always bring wisdom. Sometimes age comes alone.


The kids said:

Home is where the house is.  –Age 6

Give me the strength to change the things I can, the grace to accept the things I cannot, and a great big bag of money. –Age 13

The only stupid question is the one that is never asked, except maybe “Don’t you think it is about time you audited my return?” or “Isn’t it morally wrong to give me a warning when, in fact, I was speeding?”  –Age 15

If we could just get everyone to close their eyes and visualize world peace for an hour, imagine how serene and quiet it would be until the looting started.  –Age 15


Your success and happiness lies in you.  Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.

Helen Keller


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 http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.


Don’t stop serving

Ray’s Daily

March 1, 2018


Be alert to give service — what counts most in life is what we do for others.


For many years my Kiwanis activities have been a major part of my life. First at the club level and then on the International staff. For some time now I have been totally inactive due in part to my health issues and my wife’s needs, As I have recovered I had hoped to again be an active participant in my clubs activities. But it looks like my wife’s needs won’t allow that to happen. She can no longer drive and her doctors have stressed the importance of her exercising daily and I have been taking her to walk with her friends early in the day.

I also do what I can to make her days go well, making sure she takes all her medications and eats adequately. In effect she has provided me the opportunity to help her in the same way Kiwanis allowed me to help others. While I miss seeing my friends each week I enjoy her sharing hers with me.

I just read the following article and reminded me that Kiwanis International serves others with the same spirit Gandhi served others.

8 Positive Life Lessons from Gandhi

1} Revenge and violence are never productive nor healing. Forgiveness is the one way to heal yourself and the world.

“An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

2} When your mind, heart and soul are in harmony, that is a surefire way to happiness.

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

3} When you feel like your purpose in this world seems unclear, immerse yourself in serving others. You will find yourself and your purpose in acts of pure selflessness.

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

4} An indomitable will in your purpose and goal is where your true strength is.

“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

5} When you consciously think positively everything in your life follows suit. You are the product of every thought your mind focuses on.

“A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

6} Make everyday you have count for something. Make it special. Live & Learn like your life depends on it. Learning is a life long process.

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

7} No matter how small or big, take up a cause and give it your all. There is no better way to leave your mark in the world than with the good you did.

“A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

8} Make every heart and every soul you encounter happy. Show other grieving souls kindness and love so that they too may happily live.

“To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi


Earn your success based on service to others, not at the expense of others.

Jackson Brown, Jr.


Sarah: I’ve been asked to get married hundreds of times.

Miriam: (surprised)? Really?!? By whom?

Sarah: My parents.


“One reason I don’t drink is that I want to know when I am having a good time.”

Nancy Astor


She said: When our son was four months old, I caught sight of my husband in another room, holding the baby on his lap, talking to him and pointing. I was touched by this father-son bonding and went into the room to eavesdrop.

“Football,” my husband said slowly, pointing to the television. “This is football.”


The real reason you can’t take it with you is that it goes before you do.


Today’s American English Lesson

Arbitrator \ar’-bi-tray-ter\: A cook that leaves Arby’s to work at McDonald’s.

Avoidable \uh-voy’-duh-buhl\: What a bullfighter tries to do.

Baloney \buh-lo’-nee\: Where some hemlines fall.

Bernadette \burn’-a-det\: The act of torching a mortgage.

Burglarize \bur’-gler-ize\: What a crook sees with.

Control \kon-trol’\: A short, ugly inmate.

Counterfeiters \kown-ter-fit-ers\: Workers who put together kitchen cabinets.

Eclipse \i-klips’\: what an English barber does for a living.

Eyedropper \i’-drop-ur\: a clumsy ophthalmologist.

Heroes \hee’-rhos\: what a guy in a boat does.

Left Bank \left’ bangk’\: what the robber did when his bag was full of loot.

Misty \mis’-tee\: How some golfers create divots.

Paradox \par’-uh-doks\: two physicians.

Parasites \par’-uh-sites\: what you see from the top of the Eiffel Tower.

Pharmacist \farm’-uh-sist\: a helper on the farm!

Polarize \po’-lur-ize\: what penguins see with.

Primate \pri’-mat\: removing your spouse from in front of the TV.

Relief \ree-leef’\: what trees do in the spring.

Rubberneck \rub’-er-nek\: what you do to relax your wife.

Seamstress \seem’-stres\: describes 250 pounds in a size six.

Selfish \sel’-fish\: what the owner of a seafood store does.

Subdued \sub-dood’\: like, a guy, like, works on one of those, like, submarines, man.

Sudafed \sood’-a-fed\: bringing litigation against a government.


Time is what keeps everything from happening at once.


At his 103rd birthday party, my grandfather was asked if he planned to be around for his 104th.

“I certainly do,” he replied. “Statistics show that very few people die between the ages of 103 and 104.”


Consciousness: That annoying time between naps.


A woman went into a bank to get a check cashed, but she didn’t have an account with them. When the teller asked for some identification, the woman showed her several charge cards, her social security card and a current library card. The teller told her they needed a driver’s license, but the woman said she didn’t have one.

“Don’t you have anything with your picture on it?” the teller asked, politely.

“Oh, sure,” she said, as she flipped to a family photo in her wallet. Pointing to the people in the picture she says proudly, “See right here….that’s me in the back row.”


I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.

Albert Schweitzer


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 http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.


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