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Ray’s Daily

April 13, 2018


“Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.”

Frank Tyger


This gas been a good week for me so far. Besides all the activities associated with my anniversary I geard from folks that I have not seen or heard from for years.

It was a p;easent surprise when a retired top executive from Morton Salt called to reminisce about the time when Morton Salt partnered with Kiwanis Internationals first worldwide service project. Then I was invited to have breakfast yesterday with the head of the Kennedy Foundation. He, with the leadership provided by Eunice Shriver, helped our global project to succeed. They brought back great memories and reminded me that I have a lot to be thankful for. I am happy, I hope you are too, if not this may help.

10 Best Tips To Improve Your Mental Health And Happiness

1) Stop Worrying About Everything

If we added up all the hours we spent worrying about what could happen in our lives, we would never leave our house.

2) Find What Really Makes You Angry

Dr. Max recounts a story of a patient who was mad at her husband because he’d never wash the dishes. They had several arguments about that. Dr. Max suggested to the patient that she buys a dishwasher. She then replied that she and her husband would just fight about something else. Of course, it became clear that not doing the dishes represented the woman’s fear related to her husband’s lack of affection towards her.

3) Be Nice to Yourself

Being kind to yourself does not take any more energy than being mean. Therefore, why not try being nice to yourself just for once?

4) Be Nice to Others

You know the old saying, “if you can’t beat them, join them”? That’s the truest thing about life. Don’t worry about what others are doing, saying, or wearing, and stop judging them.

Instead, try swapping out these negative thoughts to positive feelings about that person, and you’ll see your mood improve. Being nice isn’t that hard.

5) Get Another Job

For some people, their job is everything. Unfortunately, it can also be what kills them slowly.

We all have to work to make a living, but we don’t need to work ourselves to death.

6) Accept People or Move On

We tend to spend a great deal of our energy in trying to change others. The silliest things can make us get angry or upset about other people. Unless you can accept someone for who they are, then you need to move on with your life so that those emotions don’t consume you.

7) Stop Saying You’re Fine

If you’re sad, say it. If things are bad, say they’re bad. Stop hiding from others by saying you are fine. People who care about you know what fine really means, and they’re willing to listen, more often than you imagine. Don’t keep things bottled in if you really have something to say.

8) Say No

It’s simple. Try it out. See how it feels. Do not recount it when you do. Saying no gives you the freedom to do what you want to do in life, and helps you to stop feeling so indebted to others.

9) Talk it Out

Everyone needs at least one person in their lives with whom they can share their thoughts and feelings.

10) Tell Others You Love Them

You may not wake up tomorrow. It’s scary, but it’s true. Don’t leave anything left unsaid. Take the chance to tell people you care while you can.


“Life is a journey, and if you fall in love with the journey, you will be in love forever.”

Peter Hagerty


Were you a kid in the Fifties or earlier? Everybody makes fun of our childhood! Comedians joke. Grandkids snicker. Twenty-something’s shudder and say “Eeeew!” But was our childhood really all that bad? Judge for yourself:

In 1953 The US population was less than 150 million… Yet you knew more people then, and knew them better… And that was good.

The average annual salary was under $3,000… Yet our parents could put some of it away for a rainy day and still live a decent life… And that was good

A loaf of bread cost about 15 cents… But it was safe for a five-year-old to skate to the store and buy one… And that was good.

Prime-Time meant I Love Lucy, Ozzie and Harriet, Gunsmoke and Lassie… So nobody ever heard of ratings or filters… And that was good.

We didn’t have air-conditioning… So the windows stayed up and half a dozen mothers ran outside when you fell off your bike… And that was good.

Your teacher was either Miss Matthews or Mrs. Logan or Mr. Adkins… But not Ms Becky or Mr. Dan… And that was good.

The only hazardous material you knew about… was a patch of grassburrs around the light pole at the corner. And that was good.

You loved to climb into a fresh bed… Because sheets were dried on the clothesline… And that was good.

People generally lived in the same hometown with their relatives.. So “child care” meant grandparents or aunts and uncles… And that was good.

Parents were respected and their rules were law…. Children did not talk back….. and that was good.

TV was in black-and-white… But all outdoors was in glorious color….And that was certainly good.

Your Dad knew how to adjust everybody’s carburetor.. And the Dad next door knew how to adjust all the TV knobs.. And that was very good.


“If you haven’t got anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me.”

Alice Roosevelt Longworth


The new army recruit was given guard duty at 2 a.m. He did his best for a while, but at about 4 a.m. he went to sleep. He awakened to find the officer of the day standing before him.

Remembering the heavy penalty for being asleep on guard duty, this smart young man kept his head bowed for another moment and looked upward and reverently said, “A-a-a-men!”


“A woman’s dress should be like a barbed-wire fence: serving its purpose without obstructing the view.”

Sophia Loren


My buddy applied for a job as an insurance salesman. Where the form requested “prior experience,” he wrote “lifeguard.”  That was it. Nothing else.

“We’re looking for someone who can not only sell insurance, but who can sell himself as well,” said the hiring manager. “How does working as a lifeguard pertain to salesmanship?”

My pal replied, “I couldn’t swim.”  He got the job.


“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.”

Denis Waitley


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

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