November 7, 2019
“Be happy with what you have. Be excited about what you want.”
I.like many others have responsibilities and duties that could easily bog me down to the point I would not enjoy my days. One of the things I have learned as a care giver is that we need to have our own time to recharge and stay upbeat with the persons that need our help.
I recently read an article that I think can help us make sure we get the most out of our days. Staying close to positive friends, expressing gratitude are just some of the points I find help me. What about you, are you as happy as you want to be?
How to Enjoy Life In a Way Most People Don’t
Many of us assume that we need to make drastic changes to our habits, routines and/or bank balances to be happy. In reality, however, that’s not the case. Often, we already have everything we need to enjoy life—it’s just a question of prioritizing what’s really important.
Here are simple ways you can enjoy your life more, starting today:
- 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.
- Avoid the News – It’s all too easy to get sucked into public drama, online and offline. Trust that if something important happens, you’ll know about it.
- Nurture Your Positive Relationships – Make time to nurture the positive relationships you have with friends and family.
- 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.
- Explore New Places – New places and cultures offer a different perspective on the world and add a healthy dose of inspiration and possibility to our lives.
- Keep a Wish List – Whenever you think of something you’d like to try, or a place you’d like to visit, write it down and keep a collection.
- Try New Things – Commit to trying a certain number of items from your wish list each year to make sure they don’t just stay as wishes.
- 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.
- 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. Starting a gratitude journal can help too.
- Track How You’re Spending Your Time – When we’re conscious of how we’re spending our hours, we can make the most of the time we have on this planet.
- Be Deliberate in Your Choices – We’ve never had so many opportunities to create a lifestyle that we truly love, yet many of us still live life on autopilot. Be deliberate in your life choices: remember that it’s your life and no-one else’s.
The only thing that will make you happy is being happy with who you are, and not who people think you are.
The minister was passing a group of young teens sitting on the church lawn and stopped to ask what they were doing. “Nothing much, Pastor,” replied one boy. “We were just seeing who can tell the biggest lie about their sex life.”
“Boys, boys, boys!” he scolded. “I’m shocked. When I was your age, I never even thought about sex.”
In unison they all replied, “You win!”
There are two theories on how to successfully argue with a Jewish mother. Unfortunately, neither works.
A group of country neighbors wanted to get together on a regular basis and socialize. As a result, about 10 couples formed a dinner club and agreed to meet for dinner at a different neighbors’ houses each month. Of course the lady of the house was to prepare the meal.
When it came time for Jimmy and Susie Brown to have the dinner at their house, like most women, Susie wanted to outdo all the others and prepare a meal that was the best that any of them had ever lapped a lip over. A few days before the big event, Susie got out her cookbook and decided to have mushroom smothered steak. When she went to the store to buy some mushrooms, she found the price for a small can was more than she wanted to pay. She then told her husband, “We aren’t going to have mushrooms because they are too expensive.” He said, “Why don’t you go down in the pasture and pick some of those mushrooms? There are plenty of them right in the creek bed.”
She said, “No, I don’t want to do that, because I have heard that wild mushrooms are poison.”
He then said, “I don’t think so. I see the varmints eating them all the time and it never has affected them.”
After thinking about this, Susie decided to give this a try and got in the pickup and went down in the pasture and picked some. She brought the wild mushrooms back home and washed them, sliced an diced them to get them ready go over her smothered steak. Then she went out on the back porch and got Ol’ Spot’s (the yard dog) bowl and gave him a double handful. She even put some bacon grease on them to make them tasty. Ol’ Spot didn’t slow down until he had eaten every bite. All morning long Susie watched him and the wild mushrooms didn’t seem to affect him, so she decided to use them.
The meal was a great success, and Susie even hired a lady from town to come out and help her serve. She had on a white apron and a little cap on her head. It was first class. After everyone had finished they all began to kick back and relax and socialize. The men were visiting and the women started to gossip a bit.
About this time the lady from town came in from the kitchen and whispered in Susie’s ear. She said, “Mrs. Brown, Spot just died.”
With this news, Susie went into hysterics. After she finally calmed down, she called the doctor and told him what had happened.
The doctor said, “It’s bad, but I think we can take care of it. I will call for an ambulance and I will be there as quick as I can get there. We will pump out everyone’s stomach and everything will be fine. Just keep them all there and keep them calm.”
It wasn’t long until they could hear the wail of the siren as the ambulance was coming down the road. When they got there, the EMTs got out with their suitcases and a stomach pump and the doctor arrived shortly thereafter. One by one they took each person into the master bedroom and pumped out their stomach. After the last one was finished, the doctor came out and said, I think everything will be fine now, and he left. They were all looking pretty peaked sitting around the living room, and about this time the town lady came in and said, “You know, that fellow that ran over Ol’ Spot never even stopped.”
I love cooking with wine. Sometimes I even put it in the food.
And the Churchgoer said:
Most of us spend the first six days of the week sowing wild oats, then we go to church on Sunday and pray for a crop failure.
Quit griping about your church; if it were perfect, you couldn’t belong.
If a church wants a better pastor, it can get one by praying for the one it has.
Every evening I turn my troubles over to God – He’s going to be up all night anyway.
Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.
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