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It’s Up To You

Ray’s Daily

December 16, 2019


Happiness is not by chance, but by choice.

Jim Rohn

Choose Happiness

I am pleased that most of the folks I meet are pretty happy. I feel sorry for those who seem to focus on their unhappiness. Life is too short to be wasted in misery. I have never found that allowing events around me to take me down. I may be upset or saddened for a bit but it never lingers long enough to ruin my days.

I know that you also prefer happiness to woe. If you want to reinforce your ability to be happy you might find the following tips helpful. I wish I know who wrote it, but I don’t.

20 Positive Tips to Be Happy NOW

  1. Sit down and create a list of 50 things you love and then go ahead and actively engage yourself in one or two of the items on your list.
  2. Please accept yourself and love yourself – unconditionally. Practice extreme self-care and set healthy boundaries. Self-love is not selfish.
  3. Just Stop resurfacing and rethinking the past. Don’t invest your energy in things you can’t go back and redo.
  4. Do not make the mistake of comparing your life to others. Discover your own life’s purpose.
  5. Schedule something enjoyable: I know most of us have no time to do anything other than work, hence schedule it. When you schedule a fun time, you will stick to it and have fun.
  6. Oh please oh please, don’t waste your precious time and energy on idle gossip.
  7. Take a really good look around you. Who are you spending time with? Clear out your heart space and physical space to make room for positive, like-minded people who will contribute to your life – not take away from it.
  8. Laugh a lot, smile a lot and lighten up. Don’t take yourself so seriously.
  9. Let go of the “what if’s”. Please do not bother rehearsing the future with a whole lot of “what if’s” – it never turns out like you rehearsed it.
  10. Drink water, water, and more water! One of the first signs of dehydration is a mood swing.
  11. Embrace your dreams and dream Big! Even while you’re awake – dream big! Working towards that dream will reignite your passion and life purpose.
  12. You need to realize that there is only one person responsible for your happiness – and that person is YOU. Noone can make you feel sad or down unless YOU let them.
  13. Know without a doubt that everything happens FOR you – not TO you. Problems are opportunities for personal and spiritual growth. Embrace your life. All of it.
  14. Being right is not a necessity. You don’t always have to be right.
  15. Take a nature walk. Research shows that walking is great way to de-stress.
  16. Firmly practice mindfulness – in everything you do. Be IN the moment you are IN and not somewhere else.
  17. Considerably reduce your expectations and change your perceptions. Don’t try to change things you can’t control.
  18. You don’t have to have what everybody else has. Don’t long for what everybody else has. Know that you have everything you need and carve your own path.
  19. Clean out the clutter. Being surrounded by clutter can cause you to feel overwhelmed, stuck, and stressed.
  20. Say NO to hatred and revenge. Life is too short to waste on these negative emotions. It’s like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die. It will eat you up inside. Forgive. Then Drop it…let it go like a balloon in the sky forever.


Happiness grows at our own firesides, and is not to be picked in strangers’ gardens.

Douglas Jerrold


He said: As a senior at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, I often engage women psychology majors in heated discussions about male-female relationships. Once, my friend Shelly and I got into a hot debate about whether men or women make the larger sacrifice of their respective gender characteristics when they get married.  To my surprise, Shelly agreed with me that men give up far more than women.

“You’re right, Steve,” she said.  “Men generally give up doing their cleaning, their cooking, their grocery shopping, their laundry.”


The supreme happiness of life is the conviction of being loved for yourself, or, more correctly, being loved in spite of yourself.

Victor Hugo


When a woman in my office became engaged, a colleague offered her some advice. “The first ten years are the hardest.”

“How long have you been married?” I asked.

“Ten years,” she replied.


“According to a recent Bureau of Justice survey, night is the most dangerous time for law enforcement officers. Second most dangerous time: day.”

Jimmy Fallon


A young Scottish lad and lassie were sitting on a low stonewall, holding hands, and just gazing out over the loch.

For several minutes they sat silently, then finally the girl looked at the boy and said, “A penny for your thoughts, Angus.”

“Well, uh, I was thinkin’ perhaps it’s aboot time for a wee kiss.”

The girl blushed, then leaned over and kissed him. Then he blushed. Then the two turned once again to gaze out over the loch.

After a while the girl spoke again. “Another penny for your thoughts, Angus.”

“Well, uh, I was thinkin’ perhaps its aboot time for a wee cuddle.”

The girl blushed, then leaned over and cuddled him. Then he blushed. Then the two turned once again to gaze out over the loch.

After a while the girl spoke again. “Another penny for your thoughts, Angus.”

“Well, uh, I was thinkin’ perhaps its aboot time you let me poot me hand on your leg.”

The girl blushed, then took his hand and put it on her leg. Then he blushed. Then the two turned once again to gaze out over the loch.

After a while the girl spoke again. “Another penny for your thoughts, Angus.”

The young man knit his brow. “Well, now,” he said, “my thoughts are a bit more serious this time.”

“Really?” said the girl in a whisper, filled with anticipation.

“Aye,” said the lad.

The girl looked away in shyness, began to blush and bit her lip in anticipation of the ultimate request.

Angus blurted out, “Din’na ye think it’s aboot time ye paid me the first three pennies?”


Wow, I wonder how long I would be on hold if my call wasn’t important to them.


Some Flight Announcements You Might Not Want To Hear

“Your seat cushions can be used for flotation; and in the event of an emergency water landing, please paddle to shore and take them with our compliments.”

“In the event of a sudden loss of cabin pressure, masks will descend from the ceiling. Stop screaming, grab the mask, and pull it over your face. If you have a small child traveling with you, secure your mask before assisting with theirs. If you are traveling with more than one small child, pick your favorite.”


The kindest way of helping yourself is to find a friend.

Ann Kaiser Stearns


The new postman is delivering a registered parcel and needs a signature so he rings the doorbell. Sadie sticks her head out of the bedroom window and says, “Nu, what is it?”

“I have a registered parcel for Mrs Levy,” he replies.

“Is it wrapped in fancy gift paper or just plain brown paper?” Sadie asks.

“Ordinary brown paper, madam,” he replies.

“So who is it from?” Sadie asks.

“It’s from John Lewis department store, madam,” he replies.

“Does it say from which branch?” Sadie asks.

“Yes, madam,” he replies, “it’s from Oxford Street.”

“Does it say what’s in it?” Sadie asks.

“It says it’s from their Writing Instruments department,” he replies. “Will you now come down and sign for it, please.”

“Sorry,” replies Sadie, “I can’t do that.”

“Why not?” he asks.

“Because,” Sadie replies, “I’m Sadie Cohen. Mrs Levy lives next door.”


If you want to be happy you have to work to make it happen. You can’t just wish for it and you can’t put it in the hands of other people.

Michael Buckley


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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

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