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The time to be happy is now, the place to be happy is here, the way to be happy is to make others so.
   —  Robert Ingersoll
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On This Day In:
2015 Dare Yourself To
2014 Damned If You Do…
2013 On A Rainy Sunday
2012 Not Sure Anymore
2011 But What Does It Cost?
2009 Another Day, Another Diet…

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Those who decide to use leisure as a means of mental development, who love good music, good books, good pictures, good plays, good company, good conversation – what are they?  They are the happiest people in the world.
   —  William Lyon Phelps
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On This Day In:
2015 Jumping Into The Dark
2014 I Would Be Sillier
2013 It Keeps Happening Anyway
2012 Take Time
2011 A Mother’s Lesson
2010 3rd Pair – Shoe Review (DOA and Final)

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The Character of a Happy Life

How happy is he born and taught
That serveth not another’s will;
Whose armour is his honest thought,
And simple truth his utmost skill!
Whose passions not his masters are;
Whose soul is still prepared for death,
Untied unto the world by care
Of public fame or private breath;
Who envies none that chance doth raise,
Nor vice; who never understood
How deepest wounds are given by praise;
Nor rules of state, but rules of good;
Who hath his life from rumours freed;
Whose conscience is his strong retreat;
Whose state can neither flatterers feed,
Nor ruin make oppressors great;
Who God doth late and early pray
More of His grace than gifts to lend;
And entertains the harmless day
With a religious book or friend;
This man is freed from servile bonds
Of hope to rise or fear to fall:
Lord of himself, though not of lands,
And having nothing, yet hath all.
  —  Sir Henry Wotton
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On This Day In:
2015 Are You Feeling Cold?
2014 Never Asked
2013 In Praise Of Change
2012 John Carter Of Mars
Circular
2011 How Much And When

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If we can find a way of becoming positive in the present, then our brains work even more successfully as we’re able to work harder, faster and more intelligently.  We need to be able to reverse this formula so we can start to see what our brains are actually capable of.  Because dopamine, which floods into your system when you’re positive, has two functions.  Not only does it make you happier, it turns on all of the learning centers in your brain allowing you to adapt to the world in a different way.
We’ve found there are ways that you can train your brain to be able to become more positive.  In just a two-minute span of time done for 21 days in a row, we can actually rewire your brain, allowing your brain to actually work more optimistically and more successfully.  We’ve done these things in research now in every company that I’ve worked with, getting them to write down three new things that they’re grateful for for 21 days in a row, three new things each day.  And at the end of that, their brain starts to retain a pattern of scanning the world not for the negative, but for the positive first.
Journaling about one positive experience you’ve had over the past 24 hours allows your brain to relive it.  Exercise teaches your brain that your behavior matters.  We find that meditation allows your brain to get over the cultural ADHD that we’ve been creating by trying to do multiple tasks at once and allows our brains to focus on the task at hand.  And finally, random acts of kindness are conscious acts of kindness.  We get people, when they open up their inbox, to write one positive email praising or thanking somebody in their support network.
And by doing these activities and by training your brain just like we train our bodies, what we’ve found is we can reverse the formula for happiness and success, and in doing so, not only create ripples of positivity, but a real revolution.
  —   Shawn Achor
From a TED Talk located at:

[Originally found at one of the blogs I follow called “Rethinking Life” and is located at: http://gigisrantsandraves.wordpress.com/
The actual post is located at:   http://gigisrantsandraves.wordpress.com/2015/04/08/funny-and-great-talk-about-how-to-be-happya-ted-talk/
Well worth a visit to Gigi’s site, but caution, it can be addictive.   —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2014 I Blame Robocop
2013 Future Trustees
2012 Praise Not The Day…
2011 Educated Living

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When my cats aren’t happy, I’m not happy.  Not because I care about their mood but because I know they’re just sitting there thinking up ways to get even.
  —   Percy Bysshe Shelley
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On This Day In:
2013 Times Change
2012 Ashes Not Dust
2011 A Handful From Saudi
None Of This Happened
Take Responsibility

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No great amount of experience is required to discover that the greedy search for money or success will almost always lead men into unhappiness.  Why?  Because that kind of life makes them depend upon things outside themselves.
   —  André Maurois
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On This Day In:
2013 Doing Right
2012 A Short Course In Human Relations
If Death Be My Future
Strive
Such A Fool
2011 I’m Working For A Living

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Show me someone who thinks that money buys happiness, and I’ll show you someone who has never had a lot of money.
   —   David Geffen
[Christ is risen!  (Christians) Happy Easter to all!  (Spring pagans)  God is Great!  (Monotheists)  And, let’s give peace a chance…  (Atheists, agnostics and everyone else 🙂 )  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2013 Glory Days (part 1)
2012 Feeling Old?
2011 Even When I Wish Really, Really Hard
Skeptical Fathers
Cha-cha-cha-changes

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Happiness is not something you experience, it’s something you remember.
  —  Oscar Levant
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On This Day In:
2012 Sustained Fear
2011 Commitment

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Do you need any more reason to smile or happy?
Take a walk, relax yourself…
Look at the nature.
Smile from your heart!
From one of the blogs I follow:  http://lijiun.wordpress.com
The specific post is at:   http://lijiun.wordpress.com/2013/08/11/fountain-of-joy/
[Sometimes we forget how glorious each day is…  And the beauty which surrounds us!  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2012 Like You
2011 Got Days?
2010 K9 Humor – Has Anyone Seen My Setter? (Must read!!)
A Longer Blog Than You Want To Read (Probably)
2009 Back and Forth and Round Again…

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What I notice is that every adult or child I give a new set of Crayolas to goes a little funny.  The kids smile, get a glazed look on their faces, pour the crayons out, and just look at them for a while….  The adults always get the most wonderful kind of sheepish smile on their faces — a mixture of delight and nostalgia and silliness.  And they immediately start telling you about all their experiences with Crayolas.  …  Maybe we should develop a Crayola bomb as our next secret weapon.  A happiness weapon.  A beauty bomb.  And every time a crisis developed, we would launch one.  It would explode high in the air – explode softly – and send thousands, millions, of little parachutes into the air.  Floating down to earth – boxes of Crayolas.  And we wouldn’t go cheap, either – not little boxes of eight.  Boxes of sixty-four, with the sharpener built right in.  With silver and gold and copper, magenta and peach and lime, amber and umber and all the rest.  And people would smile and get a little funny look on their faces and cover the world with imagination.
   -–    Robert Fulghum
From his book:  “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten
[I, too, loved my boxes of 64!  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2012 An Eagle Has Departed
Ummm
And In My Prayers
2011 Welcome Doubt
2010 Talk, Talk, Talk…
Every Day At Least
Democratic Suicide
Pleasurable Reading
Loose Joy
Do, Er, Write – Whatever
This Glorious Company
Relax With A Good Book
Neither Vice Nor Weakness
That’s Rich!
Man Will Prevail!!!
Frankly Speaking to Arizona
Brother By Another Mother

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It’s better to be unhappy alone than unhappy with someone.
  —  Marilyn Monroe
[This quote was originally found on one of the blogs I follow, maintained by Deodatta Shenai-Khatkhate:  Deo Volente  at: (http://dshenai.wordpress.com/)
The actual post is:  http://dshenai.wordpress.com/2013/03/24/interesting-quotes-by-marilyn-monroe/
Thanks, Deo!  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2012 Implications
2011 Never Let Us Down

 

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Be happy for any person doing well.
  —    Richard Pryor
[…Or your envy will eat you alive.   —   KMAB]
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