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On the Bright Side

Ray’s Daily

December, 5, 2018


Always look on the bright side of life

Graham Chapman

Bright Side

Recently a friend said, “So glad to hear that you and your wife are settling into your new surroundings and making new friends. Although, I’m not surprised considering your philosophy on life”.

I appreciated her comment and I do think that we are doing pretty well with the changes in our lives. It is important that we look at the positives of what we now have and not feel remorse for what we have left behind. Life is so much better on the bright side and while it is always available some of us have a hard time finding it.

I recently received the following article and have provided you an abridged copy. I think she provides sound advice.

10 Tips on How to Stay Emotionally Healthy

By Alice Landry

  1. Laugh often. – Emotional benefits of laughter include feeling a sense of contentment and joy, shifting your perspective to a positive outlook, giving you more courage and hope, dissolving tense situations, and improving overall mood.
  2. Do frequent feelings checks. – Determine how you feel when you wake up in the morning. If the feeling is negative, figure out what’s causing it and take steps to resolve the unsettling situation. Reorient your emotions with affirmations and confidence to set a new tone for the day.
  3. Focus on the positive. – Admit any negative feelings you may have, deal with them, and move on. Remember that what you focus on is what you will attract in life, so put your energy toward that which you desire, not what you don’t want.
  4. Take care of your physical self. – The mind/body connection refers to how your body responds to the way you think, feel, and act. If you are physically healthy, your emotions will tend to be high. Respect your body by exercising, eating nutritious foods, and getting proper rest.
  5. Perform relaxation exercises. – Dealing with emotional ups and downs can be exhaustive and confusing. Allow your body and mind to create a blank slate so that your intentions to heal the situation can come from a place of clarity, insight, and faith instead of fear or despair. Invest time and energy into practices such as yoga, meditation, deep breathing.
  6. Stay socially connected. – Involving yourself in projects and activities with family, friends, or the general community is a strong aspect of wellness at any age..
  7. Practice mindfulness. – Mindfulness is the state of being fully aware of your thoughts, feelings, and actions at any given wakeful moment. Living in the here and now is a powerful self-growth tool.
  8. Channel your feelings productively. – If you feel acutely angered or overwhelmed, instead of harboring negative emotions, release built-up tension through activities such as running, writing in a journal, or transforming stress into motivation to achieve your goals.
  9. Avoid all or nothing thinking. – Thinking in terms of black and white absolutes instead of shades of grey is a common element of depression. Words like disastrous, terrible, ruined, and never should be red flag signs that you may be thinking catastrophically. Consider the point that even smart people don’t always make the best choices. You can learn from your mistakes and consciously choose a healthier path next time.
  10. Begin a personal development journey. – If you are ready and willing to heal your life, realize that you are in the driver’s seat. Think of ways to improve yourself, your relationships, and your overall life every day. Choose thoughts, feelings, and actions that are aligned with truth, love, and power.


“On a cloudy day, be the sun in someone’s sky.”

Debasish Mridha


Here is the latest from retirement central.

First, eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it.

Second, the older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.

Third, some people try to turn back their odometers.  Not me, I want people to know “why”; I look this way.  I’ve traveled a long way and some of the roads weren’t paved.

Fourth, when you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to youth, think of Algebra.

Fifth, you know you are getting old when everything either dries up or leaks.

Sixth, I don’t know how I got over the hill without getting to the top.

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

Eighth, one must wait until evening to see how splendid the day has been.

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

Tenth, long ago when men cursed and beat the ground with sticks, it was called witchcraft. Today it’s called golf.


Things aren’t like they used to be and they never were.


The Rabbi in my son’s Talmud class at Yeshiva University in New York City was always so involved in the text being studied that he never looked up. He would call on a student for translation and explanation, and — without realizing it — he often chose the same student day after day. Out of respect, the students wouldn’t point this out to him.

After being called on four days in a row, a student named Goldberg asked advice from his friends. The next day when the rabbi said “Goldberg, translate and explain,”

Goldberg replied, “Goldberg is absent today.”

“All right,” said the rabbi. “You translate and explain.”


Those who get too big for their britches will be exposed in the end.


Manny was almost 29 years old. Most of his friends had already gotten married, and Manny just bounced from one relationship to the next. Finally a friend asked him, “What’s the matter, are you looking for the perfect woman? Are you THAT particular? Can’t you find anyone who suits you?” “No,” Manny replied. “I meet a lot of nice girls, but as soon as I bring them home to meet my parents, my mother doesn’t like them. So I keep on looking!”

“Listen,” his friend suggested, “Why don’t you find a girl who’s just like your dear ole Mother?” Many weeks past before Manny and his friend got together again.

“So Manny. Did you find the perfect girl yet. One that’s just like your Mother?” Manny shrugged his shoulders, “Yes I found one just like Mom. My mother loved her, they became great friends.”

“Excellent!!! So,…. Are you and this girl engaged, yet?” “I’m afraid not. My Father can’t stand her!”


A positive attitude helps you cope more easily with the daily affairs of life. It brings optimism into your life, and makes it easier to avoid worries and negative thinking. If you adopt it as a way of life, it would bring constructive changes into your life, and makes you happier, brighter and more successful. With a positive attitude you see the bright side of life, become optimistic, and expect the best to happen. It is certainly a state of mind that is well worth developing.

Dr Anil Kumar Sinha


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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