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You’ll be glad you did

Ray’s Daily

August 28, 2019


“Happiness depends upon ourselves.”


Choose happiness

Good morning, I plan on having a good day today and I hope you will as well. In this day and age there is too much animosity around us and I won’t let it take me down. I find that our happiness is pretty much to us so I don’t want to let negative folks make me unhappy.

As I mend from my recent fall, I am moving a little slower, but that’s not all bad since it gives me more time to appreciate my surroundings. I think I told you sometime ago that I was criticized for spending so much time looking at the flowers I did not see the weeds. I never felt bad that I chose to concentrate on the good things in life, I still don’t.

Life is too short to waste time waiting for happiness. Here is an abridged article that can show you how to brighten your days.

 Tips for Finding Happiness

By Carrie Rossiter

Happiness can be elusive, but below are ways to help find it.

  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. Do not give anyone else the power to make you feel anything. Do not make anyone your whole world.
  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.” Things happen in life that you cannot control. 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. Happiness cannot be based on a future event. It will only make time pass without enjoying the now.
  7. You are in control of your own happiness and your own thoughts. – You can select your thoughts the same way you select your clothes for the day. 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. Letting go gives you freedom. Your bad choices do not define who you are. It’s how we choose to deal with the negative things in our lives that make us who we are.
  9. People like to be around happy people. – Happiness and laughter are contagious. People tend to dwell on the negative and bring others down. 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


A friend said: Our five-year-old son went to a church conference with my wife and me. He got restless, so my wife handed him a pad and pencil and suggested he mark down every time the speaker said the word “and.” After a while, he grew bored, and I asked, “Would you like to listen for a different word?”

“Yes,” he whispered.  “I’d like to listen for ‘Amen’.”


My neighbor has a circular driveway. He can’t get out.

Steven Wright


A woman’s husband asked her what she wanted for her birthday. She thought for a moment and said, “This year I just want cold, hard cash for a change.”

The following day her husband fulfilled her request. He put $40 in nickels, dimes and quarters into a quart jar, then filled it with water and placed it in the freezer.

On her birthday he handed his wife a solidly frozen bottle of change.


“All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure.”

Mark Twain


Two rural church deacons who were having a sociable beer in the local tavern when they saw their minister drive by and take a good long look at their pickup trucks parked outside.

One deacon ducked down and said, “I hope the reverend didn’t see us or recognize my pick-up.”

The other replied indifferently, “What difference does it make. God knows we’re in here… and he’s the only one who counts.”

The first deacon countered, “But God won’t tell my wife.”


My wife keeps complaining I never listen to her…or something like that.


A new man is brought into Prison Cell 102. Already there is a long-time resident who looks 100 years old. The new man looks at the old-timer inquiringly.

The old-timer says, “Look at me. I’m old and worn out. You’d never believe that I used to live the life of Riley. I wintered on the Riviera, had a boat, four fine cars, the most beautiful women, and I ate in all the best restaurants of France.”

The new man asked, “What happened?”

“One day Riley reported his credit cards missing!”


“We can’t control the world. We can only (barely) control our own reactions to it. Happiness is largely a choice, not a right or entitlement.”

David C. Hill


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

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Comments on: "You’ll be glad you did" (1)

  1. Universal truth, happiness is inside us and we carry wherever we go our happiness and it is boomerang which attracts happiness around

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