January 24, 2022
Happiness is not doing fun things. Happiness is doing meaningful things.
Here we go, another week. I have decided to make it a happy one, at least as happy as I can make it. Fortunately most of the folks I know are basicly happy and I enjoy their company. I find happiness is infectious so I enjoy catching the happiness bug from my friends. What about you, are you as happy as you want to be? If not you may find that the following helps.
9 Things You Can Do to Be Happy in the Next 30 Minutes
By Gretchen Rubin
Being happier doesn’t have to be a long-term ambition. You can start right now. In the next 30 minutes, tackle as many of the following suggestions as possible. Not only will these tasks themselves increase your happiness, but the mere fact that you’ve achieved some concrete goals will boost your mood.
1. Raise your activity level to pump up your energy. If you’re on the phone, stand up and pace. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Put more energy into your voice. Take a brisk 10-minute walk. Even better…
2. Take a walk outside. Research suggests that light stimulates brain chemicals that improve mood. For an extra boost, get your sunlight first thing in the morning.
3. Reach out. Send an e-mail to a friend you haven’t seen in a while, or reach out to someone new. Having close bonds with other people is one of the most important keys to happiness. When you act in a friendly way, not only will others feel more friendly toward you, but you’ll also strengthen your feelings of friendliness for other people.
4. Rid yourself of a nagging task. Deal with that insurance problem, purchase something you need, or make that long-postponed appointment with the dentist. Crossing an irksome chore off your to-do list will give you a rush of elation.
5. Create a more serene environment. Outer order contributes to inner peace, so spend some time organizing bills and tackling the piles in the kitchen. A large stack of little tasks can feel overwhelming, but often just a few minutes of work can make a sizable dent. Set the timer for 10 minutes and see what you can do.
6. Do a good deed. Introduce two people by e-mail, take a minute to pass along useful information, or deliver some gratifying praise. In fact, you can also…
7. Save someone’s life. Sign up to be an organ donor, and remember to tell your family about your decision. Do good, feel good―it really works!
8. Act happy. Fake it ‘til you feel it. Research shows that even an artificially induced smile boosts your mood. And if you’re smiling, other people will perceive you as being friendlier and more approachable.
9. Learn something new. Think of a subject that you wish you knew more about and spend 15 minutes on the Internet reading about it, or go to a bookstore and buy a book about it. But be honest! Pick a topic that really interests you, not something you think you “should” or “need to” learn about.
Some people worry that wanting to be happier is a selfish goal, but in fact, research shows that happier people are more sociable, likable, healthy, and productive―and they’re more inclined to help other people. By working to boost your own happiness, you’re making other people happier, too.
Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.
“20 Continuing Education Courses for Women”
1. Silence, the Final Frontier: Where No Woman Has Gone Before
2. The Undiscovered Side of Banking: Making Deposits
3. Combating the Imelda Marcos Syndrome: You Do Not Need New Shoes Everyday
4. Parties: Going Without New Outfits
5. Man Management: Discover How Minor Household Chores Can Wait Until… After the Game
6. Bathroom Etiquette I: Men Need Space in the Bathroom Cabinet Too
7. Bathroom Etiquette II: His Razor Is His
8. Valuation: Just Because It’s Not Important to You…
9. Communication Skills I: Tears – The Last Resort, Not the First
10. Driving a Car Safely: A Skill You CAN Acquire
11. Telephone Skills: How to Hang Up
12. Water retention: Fact or Fat
13. Cooking I: Bringing Back Bacon, Eggs and Butter
14. Compliments: Accepting Them Gracefully
15. PMS: Your Problem… Not His
16. Dancing: Why Men Don’t Like To
17. Household Dust: A Harmless Natural Occurrence Only Women Notice
18. Integrating Your Laundry: Washing It All Together
19. Oil and Gas: Your Car Needs Both
20. TV Remotes: For Men Only
Please don’t tell my wife that I sent you this. She has no flaws and needs no instruction since she already knows it all. Did I say that right? Well you know what I mean.
Sadder than work left unfinished, is work never begun.
She did invent this new survivor show:
Six married men will be dropped on an island with 1 car and 4 kids each, for 6 weeks. Each kid plays two sports and either takes music or dance classes.
There is no access to fast food.
Each man must take care of his 4 kids, keep his assigned house clean, correct all homework, complete science projects, cook, do laundry, etc.
The men only have access to television when the kids are asleep and all chores are done. There is only one TV between them and there is NO REMOTE
The men must shave their legs, wear makeup daily, which they must apply themselves, either while driving or while making four lunches.
They must attend weekly PTA meetings; clean up after their sick children at 3:00 a.m.; make an Indian hut model with six toothpicks, a tortilla and one marker; and get a 4-year-old to eat a serving of peas.
The kids vote them off the island, based on performance.
The last man wins …..
Only if ………..
He has enough energy to be intimate with his spouse at a moment’s notice.
If the last man does win, he can play the game over and over again for the next 18-25 years … eventually earning the right to be called “Mother.”
One more thing, they cannot kill themselves or the kids, or they automatically get voted off.
Did you see this ad? Princess, Having Had Sufficient Experience with Princes, Seeks Frog.
Why are we still there?
It is time to take a serious look at our involvement there.
Every day there are news reports about more deaths. Every night on the TV are photos of death and destruction. Why are we still there?
The land is too large to secure all of it. The bad people causing this damage can roam anywhere, and we can’t possibly police the whole place. Why are we still there?
We occupy this land, which we had to take by force, but it causes us nothing but trouble. Why are we still there?
Their government is unstable, and in the process of changing. Why are we still there?
Refugees are fleeing by the thousands, driven from their homes. Why are we still there?
It will cost billions to rebuild, which we can’t afford. Why are we still there?
We can’t even secure the borders. Why are we still there?
And to repeat. Every day we hear of more Americans killed in this dangerous land.
It is clear! We must abandon California
Gravity…It’s Not Just a Good Idea. It’s the Law.
The farmer stood in his chicken yard watching hundreds of baby chicks running here and there. He kept pointing to them and trying to count them. “One, two, three, four, five, six, oh, no…” then he would start over, “one, two, three, four, and,… oh, no.” Then he’d start over again.
Finally he said, “I give up. They say don’t count your chickens before they hatch but it sure is easier to do that than it is to count them after they hatch.”
I’ve broken so many mirrors in my life, if I live long enough to have all that bad luck, I’ll be lucky…
A Jewish man reads about Einstein’s theory of relativity in the newspaper and asks his scientist grandson to explain it to him.
“Well, zayda, it’s sort of like this. Einstein says that if you’re having your teeth drilled without Novocain, a minute seems like an hour. But if you’re sitting with a beautiful woman on your lap, an hour seems like a minute.”
The old man considers this profound bit of thinking for a moment and says, “And from this he makes a living?”
When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.
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