May 2, 2019
People with many interests live, not only longest, but happiest.
George Matthew Allen
I hope you are enjoying the weather as much as we are here in Indianapolis. Spring is doing its job; trees are in bloom; birds are singing and flowers are making their first appearance. For those of us who stop to appreciate what we have Spring provides a happy environment.
I am still moving a little slow as I continue to wear a boot to help my foot heal but I am still moving, with less pain every day. We continue to find reasons to enjoy what we have wasting little time concerned about what we don’t have. We are not as mobile as we once were but we are able to use alternative transportation to get around.
We have found that our days are so much better than they might have been if we let our limitations get us down. Truly life is so much better than the alternatives so enjoy each day, we do, It is all relative as told in today’s story.
It is better
Two men were jailed in the same cell. They were in the same conditions, but one of them was unhappy, and the other one was happy.
– Why are you so sad? – a happy man asked unhappy man.
– What should I joy for? I am unlucky. Recently I was free and had a rest at the resort, and there, as you know, is more interesting than here – unhappy man answered and asked a happy man: – And why are you so satisfied?
– You see, – a happy man said, – recently I was in another prison, where the conditions are much worse, and there is just a resort for me here, compared to what it was. Many people want to get here, but I am the lucky one.
Everything is relative and has to be learned in comparison. If you want to be happy, just compare your current position not with what is better, but with what would be worse.
There is only one person who could ever make you happy, and that person is you.
David D. Burns, M.D
The Chaplain had been assigned to the ship and he noticed how much grief the cooks (Mess Specialists) caught from the crew and how they gave back as much as they got. He talked to the Food Service Officer and decided to talk to the cooks and get them to be more cheerful when they served the meals to the sailors coming down the line. A smile and a cheerful comment, a willingness to serve them will reap great benefits he told them. After his pep talk the Food Service Officer and the Chaplain stood back and watched the food being served.
A new sailor aboard walked down the line but he didn’t like anything he saw so he just carried his tray down the line till he got to the desert section. He picked up a saucer containing a large piece of chocolate cake.
The Mess Specialist looked at him, “Is that all you’re gonna eat,” he asked.
The sailor said, “Yeah, the rest of it don’t look too appetizing.”
The Mess Specialist smiled and said, “Well, in that case would you like two pieces of cake?”
The Chaplain smiled and hit the Food Service Officer in the ribs, “I told you my talk did them some good.”
The kid said, “Yeah, man, I’d appreciate it.”
The cook leaned over and cut the piece of cake on the tray in half
You can easily judge the character of others by how they treat those who can do nothing for them or to them.
She said: When my husband and I arrived at an automobile dealership to pick up our car, we were told that the keys had been accidentally locked in it. We went to the service department and found a mechanic working feverishly to unlock the driver’s side door.
As I watched from the passenger’s side, I instinctively tried the door handle and discovered it was open.
“Hey,” I announced to the technician. “It’s open!”
“I know,” answered the young man. “I already got that side.”
Lottery: A tax on people who are bad at math.
I have been unable to sleep since I broke off our engagement. Won’t you forgive and forget? Your absence is breaking my heart. I was a fool – nobody can take your place. I love you.
All my love,
P.S. Congratulations on winning this week’s lottery.
Sign pinned to army barracks door: “Shut the door, stupid! Not you, sir.”
During my senior year, I reluctantly took a required psychology course. On the first day, the professor commented on each student’s major, trying to provoke a response. It was working, because some students were becoming defensive. When it was my turn, I told him I was a music major.
“So,” asked my professor, “what does your father think of you wasting your education to study music?”
“He’s just thankful,” I shot back, “that I didn’t go into psychology.”
We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.
A man was on his way home with a new car, which was absorbing all of his attention, when it struck him that he had forgotten something.
Twice he stopped, counted his parcels and searched his pockets, but finally decided he had everything with him. Yet the feeling persisted.
When he reached home, his daughter ran out, stopped short and cried, “Daddy, where’s mommy?”
Remember: Be obedient to your cat.
On a flight to Florida, I was preparing my notes for one of the parent education seminars I conduct as an educational psychologist. The elderly woman sitting next to me explained that she was returning to Miami after having spent two weeks visiting her six children, 18 grandchildren and ten great grandchildren in Boston. Then she inquired what I did for a living.
I told her, fully expecting her to question me for free professional advice.
Instead, she sat back and said, “If there’s anything you want to know, just ask me!”
The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions—the little soon-forgotten charities of a kiss, a smile, a kind look, a heartfelt compliment in the disguise of a playful raillery, and the countless other infinitesimal of pleasurable thought and genial feeling.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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