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I am, are you?

Ray’s Daily

June 17, 2019


“Whoever is happy will make others happy.”

Anne Frank


If you are like I am, you are someone who enjoys being a happy person. Unfortunately, too many of us have convinced ourselves that some big thing in the future is what we need to bring us joy. You know, that trip to the Islands, going to a big concert, a play on Broadway, the list can go on and on.

The problem is that tomorrows soon become yesterdays and we have lost another day that could be filled with happiness, not only that but what joy we find in a short burst often is disappointing and soon fades away.

The happiest people I know have learned how to find their happiness in the lives they lead. For me it is appreciating the good things I already have. Here is an abridged article that offers each of us a way to get more out of our lives.

10 Tips for Finding Happiness

By Carrie Rossiter

  1. Only you can you make yourself happy. – You really can’t rely on anyone else to make you happy. If you aren’t happy with yourself, you won’t think you deserve affection and attention.
  2. Little things can bring joy. – Get excited about everyday things. You can find something to be happy about every day: getting coffee with a friend, your favorite song playing on the radio, eating a piece of chocolate, spending time with family or getting a compliment.
  3. Expectations ruin happiness. – William Shakespeare said, “Expectation is the root of all heartache.” So many of us have expectations about what our lives should be like at a certain time in our lives.
  4. Appreciate what you have. – Happy moments make you realize how lucky you are. You start to appreciate the things you have and the more you’re grateful about what you have, the happier you’ll become.
  5. Happiness maintenance. – Happiness for any length of time requires maintenance. Once you set your mind to be happy, you have to keep at it. Keep doing things that bring you joy. Keep pushing away negative thoughts.
  6. You are not missing anything. – People always say, “I will be happy when…” Happiness comes from living in the moment. By putting our happiness on hold until the future, we’re robbing ourselves of precious moments.
  7. You are in control of your own happiness and your own thoughts. – Choose to be happy. Choose to push away negative energy. Choose to be happy rather than to suffer.
  8. Your past does not define you. – You can learn from your past experiences, but your mistakes do not define you. We can take the lessons from those bad decisions and start a new future, starting with this moment.
  9. People like to be around happy people. – Happiness and laughter are contagious. Choose carefully whom you let into your life. Surround yourself with positive people who bring you up and only want the best for you and themselves.
  10. You feel happy when you help others. – Volunteering or even just helping out a friend can reduce stress and improve your mood. We all want to feel like we are caring for others and making a difference. Helping others will help your self-confidence, give you a sense of worth and make you feel included.


“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”

Albert Schweitzer



* They don’t sell tickets, they sell chances.

* All the insurance machines in the terminal are sold out.

* You cannot board the plane unless you have the exact change.

* The Captain asks all the passengers to chip in a little for gas.

* When they pull the steps away, the plane starts rocking.

* The Captain yells at the ground crew to get the cows off the runway.

* No movie. Don’t need one. Your life keeps flashing before your eyes.

* All the planes have both a bathroom and a chapel.


We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. When the loyal opposition dies, I think the soul of America dies with it.

Edward R. Murrow

This message still rings true, especially when you realize that the loyal opposition may soon have the power and then we become the loyal opposition.



Tom had never been on a fishing boat before, and he was now thinking it was the stupidest thing he’d ever done in his life. Who would ever have believed that seasickness could be this awful? With every pitch and roll, Tom wondered how he was going to survive the remaining two hours of the trip.

One of the deckhands came up to him and said, “Don’t worry, young fella. Nobody ever died of seasickness.”

“You’ve just taken away my last hope for relief,” Tom said.


Happiness does not come from doing what you want, but wanting what you do.


A burglar alarm sent out its piercing wail in the dark of a December night in Brooklyn, and the police arrived just in time to collar the burglar, Morris Spiegel, as he was leaving the premises with a big bag full of loot.  Soon, he was in court, facing a grim-looking judge.

“Did you have an accomplice?” asked the judge.

“What’s an accomplice?” replied Morris.

“A partner.  In other words, did you commit this crime by yourself?”

“What else?” demanded the culprit.  “You can’t get honest and reliable help these days?”


My opinions may have changed, but not the fact that I am right.


Our family held a reunion when my mother was 88 years old, with grandchildren and great-grandchildren attending. The talk turned to honeymoons, and my three daughters began to tell about their trips to Las Vegas, Chicago, and Niagara Falls. One of my daughters turned to my mother.

“Grandma, where did you go on your honeymoon?” she asked.

Mother never hesitated. “Upstairs!” she said.


“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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