April 26, 2019
. “The secret of life is enjoying the passage of time.”
As you know my wife and I moved into an Independent Living community about six months ago. We went from a place where we were some of the oldest folks around to one where we are some of the youngest. As you can imagine making a major life style change to an unknown living environment can be a challenge.
We have found that rather than holding on to our past we could learn to enjoy our new life. I really don’t think we could do better than what we have now. Not everyone learns to enjoy what life has to offer as time goes by but we have learned it can be done, I recently read an article written by Hannah Braime that offered a check list of how you can learn to enjoy your life. Here are some of her suggestions that I think are keys to taking advantage of the happiness possibilities.
You Can Easily Enjoy Life In A Way Most People Don’t
Focus on yourself – Other people will always be on hand to offer up their opinions and advice. Ultimately, however, it’s we, and we alone, that have to live with the consequences of our decisions.
Make time to relax – Making time to relax and reconnect with ourselves leaves us better equipped to deal with more challenging periods.
Nurture your positive relationships – Make time to nurture the positive relationships you have with friends and family. Identify the people who lift you up and focus your energy on them.
Meet new people – Community is one of the most important needs we have. Making a consistent effort to meet new people helps us fulfill that need and introduces us to new ideas and perspectives.
Spend money on experiences, not possessions – It’s experiences, not possessions, that create memories and meaning.
Cut down your junk – Physical clutter equals mental clutter; reducing the amount of stuff around us fosters a calmer mental state, too.
Make time for gratitude and appreciation – Creating a routine of writing down three things we feel grateful for each day helps us focus more on what we’re grateful for in life.
Remember that all feelings pass – A key part of enjoying life is accepting that we’re not going to feel 100% happy 100% of the time. During the more challenging times, remember that life is one big cycle of ups and downs, and remember that all feelings pass.
Allow yourself to feel happy – Many of us find it challenging to enjoy a calm, “normal” life. Give yourself permission to enjoy a drama-free existence and focus on finding pleasure in your daily experiences.
Get active – Exercises releases endorphins, natural pain-relieving and stress-busting chemicals.
Practice compassion – When we can feel co – mpassion for ourselves and compassion for others, even difficult situations become rewarding and, ultimately, more enjoyable.
“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”
A young Army private seeks permission from his commanding officer to leave camp the following weekend. “You see,” he explains, “my wife’s expecting.”
“I understand,” the officer tells him. “You go, and tell your wife that I wish her luck.”
The following week the same soldier is back again with the same explanation: “My wife’s expecting.”
The officer looks surprised. “Still expecting?” he asks. “Well, well, my boy, you must be pretty bothered. Of course you can have the weekend off.”
When the same soldier appears again the third week, however, the officer loses his temper.
“Don’t tell me your wife is still expecting,” he says.
“Yes, sir,” says the soldier resolutely. “She’s still expecting.”
“What in heaven is she expecting?” cries the officer.
Says the soldier simply, “Me.”
Whatever hits the fan will not be evenly distributed.
A boy is about to go on his first date, and is nervous about what to talk about. He asks his father for advice.
The father replies: “My son, there are three subjects that always work. These are food, family, and philosophy.”
The boy picks up his date and they go to a soda fountain. Ice cream sodas in front of them, they stare at each other for a long time, as the boy’s nervousness builds, he remembers his father’s advice, and chooses the first topic.
He asks the girl: “Do you like potato pancakes?”
She says “No,” and the silence returns.
After a few more uncomfortable minutes, the boy thinks of his father’s suggestion and turns to the second item on the list.
He asks, “Do you have a brother?”
Again, the girl says “No” and there is silence once again.
The boy then plays his last card. He thinks of his father’s advice and asks: “If you had a brother, would he like potato pancakes?”
Can a stupid person be a smart-ass?
Two deaf men were talking on their coffee break about being out late the night before.
The first man signed to his friend, “My wife was asleep when I got home, so I was able to sneak into bed, and not get into trouble.”
The second deaf man signed back, “Boy, you’re lucky. My wife was wide awake, waiting for me in bed, and she started swearing at me and giving me heck for being out so late.”
The first deaf man asked, “So, what did you do?”
The second deaf man signed, “I turned out the light!”
Like a lot of husbands throughout history, Webster would sit down and try to talk to his wife. But as soon as he would start to say something, his wife would say,”. . .And what’s that supposed to mean?”
Thus, Webster’s Dictionary was born.
Participate in life instead of just watching it pass you by.”
Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.
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