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☻    Lessons From Dogs on Happiness

☻    Attitude Is Everything!

☻    What Is?   

☻    I Believe...

☻    A Recipe for Happiness

☻    Slow Dance

☻    If I Had To Live My Life Over

 

☻    The Best Things In Life

 

☻    Mental Feng Shui

 

☻    Sometimes I wonder

      

 

 

 

 

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LESSONS FROM DOGS ON HAPPINESS…

§         When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.

§         Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.

§         Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.

§         Take naps.

§         Stretch before rising.

§         Run, romp, and play daily.

§         Thrive on attention and let people touch you.

§         Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

§         On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.

§         On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.

§         When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.

§         Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.

§         Eat with gusto and enthusiasm. Stop when you have had enough.

§         Be loyal. Never pretend to be something you're not.

§         If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

§         When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently.

§         Always be grateful for each new day.

(Author unknown)   

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ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING…

(author unknown)

 

There once was a woman who woke up one morning,
looked in the mirror,
and noticed she had only three hairs on her head.

Well," she said, "I think I'll braid my hair today ." 
So she did and she had a wonderful day.

The next day she woke up,

looked in the mirror
and saw that she had only two hairs on her head.

"H-M-M," she said,
"I think I'll part my hair down the middle today . "
So she did and she had a grand day.

The next day she woke up,

looked in the mirror and noticed that she had only one hair on her head.

"Well," she said, "today I'm going to wear my hair in a pony tail."
So she did and she had a fun, fun day.

The next day she woke up,
looked in the mirror and noticed that there wasn't a single hair on her head.

"YEA!"  she exclaimed,
"I don't have to fix my hair today!"

 

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WHAT IS….

The most useless thing to do ……Worry

The greatest joy…..Giving

The greatest loss……Loss of self respect

The most satisfying work……….Helping others

The ugliest personality trait……Selfishness

The greatest “shot in the arm” ……Encouragement

The greatest problem to overcome ………Fear

The most effective sleeping pill…….Peace of mind

The most crippling failure disease…..Excuses

The most powerful force in life…….Love

The most dangerous pariah ….a gossiper

The world’s most incredible computer…..The brain

The worst thing to be without……Hope

The deadliest weapon……The tongue

The two most power-filled words……”I Can”

The greatest asset……Faith

The most worthless emotion……Self-pity

The most priced possession………Integrity

The most contagious spirit …..Enthusiasm

The most beautiful attire…….A smile

 

(Author unknown)

 

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I BELIEVE.…

 

I believe.... That just because two people argue, it doesn't mean they don't love eachother.  And just because they don't argue, it doesn't mean they do.

I believe....That we don't have to change friends if we understand that
friends change.

I believe....That no matter how good a friend is, they're going to hurt
you every once in a while and you must forgive them for  that.  

I believe....That true friendship continues to grow, even over the
longest distance. Same goes for true love.   

I believe....That you can do something in an instant that will give you
heartache for life.

I believe....That it's taking me a long time to become the person I want to be.

I believe....That you should always leave loved ones  with loving words.
It may be the last time you see them.    

I believe....That you can keep  going long after you think you can't.  

I believe....That we are responsible for what we do,  no matter how we feel.

I believe....That either you control your attitude or  it controls you. 
 
I believe....That heroes are the people who do what  has to be done when
it needs to be done, regardless of the  consequences.   ;

I believe....That  money is a lousy way of keeping score.  

I believe....That sometimes the people you expect to  kick you when
you're down will be the ones to help you get back up.    

I believe....That sometimes when I'm angry I have the right to be
angry, but that doesn't give me the right to be  cruel.  

I believe....That  maturity has more to d o with what types of experiences

you've had and what  you've learned from them and less to do with

how many birthdays you've celebrated.  

I believe....That it  isn't always enough to be forgiven by others.
Sometimes you have to learn  to forgive yourself.  

I believe....That no matter how bad your heart is broken, the world
doesn't stop for your grief.

I believe....That our background and circumstances may have influenced
who we are, but we are responsible for who we  become.  

I believe....Two people can look at the exact same thing and see
something totally different.  

I believe....That your life can be changed in a matter of hours by
people who don't even know you.  

I believe....That even when you think you have no more to give, when a
friend cries out to you - you will find  the strength to help.  

I believe....That credentials on the wall do not make you a decent human
being.

I believe....That the people you care about most in life are taken from
you too soon.  

I believe....That the happiest people don't necessarily have the best
of everything; they just make the best of everything they have. 

   

(Author unknown)

 

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A RECIPE FOR HAPPINESS:

#1 - LIVE each day, enjoying life in the moment and making the best of each day

#2 - Love others deeply (and love yourself too!) and allow yourself to receive and embrace great love from others

#3 - Laugh frequently, and have plenty of fun

#4 - Give to and care for others (and give to and care for yourself).  In giving, we receive.

#5 - Speak kindly to others (and also be kind to yourself!)  It all comes around.

#6 - Remember that no matter what happens, the sky isn't actually falling.

#7 - Life consists of a mixed bag of happiness and great fortune as well as sadness and bad fortune.  Take notice that most happenings are good, and fortunate, not bad.  Take notice of the many, many things that go right each day, compared to the very few things that go wrong.  And when you must experience the bad, it means that you're alive and experiencing life, and being alive is very lucky, for you have the opportunity to experience many, many wonderful things to offset those significantly fewer hardships.  And….we learn and grow stronger only by experiencing hardship.

- Author unknown  

 

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SLOW DANCE

A poem by David L. Weatherford

 

Have you ever watched kids

On a merry-go-round?

Or listened to the rain

Slapping on the ground?

Ever followed a butterfly's erratic flight?

Or gazed at the sun into the fading night?

You better slow down.

Don't dance so fast.

Time is short.

The music won't last.

Do you run through each day

On the fly?

When you ask "How are you?"

Do you hear the reply?

When the day is done

Do you lie in your bed

With the next hundred chores

Running through your head?

You'd better slow down

Don't dance so fast.

Time is short.

The music won't last.

Ever told your child,

We'll do it tomorrow

And in your haste,

Not see his sorrow?

Ever lost touch,

Let a good friendship die

Cause you never had time

To call and say "Hi"

You'd better slow down.

Don't dance so fast.

Time is short.

The music won't last.

When you run so fast to get somewhere

You miss half the fun of getting there.

When you worry and hurry through your day,

It is like an unopened gift…

Thrown away.

Life is not a race.

Do take it slower

Hear the music

Before the song is over.  

 

 

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IF I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER…

- By Erma Bombeck (after she found out she was dying from cancer)

 

   I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren't there for the day.
  
I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.
  
I would have talked less and listened more.
  
I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained, or the sofa faded
  
I would have eaten the popcorn in the 'good' living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.
  
I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.
  
I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband.
  
I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.
  
I would have sat on the lawn! With my grass stains.
  
I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and more while watching life.
  
I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn't show soil, or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.
  
Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I'd have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.
  
When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, "Later. Now go get washed up for dinner."

    There would have been more "I love you's" and more "I'm sorry's."
   But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute...look at it and really see it.. live it and never give it back.

   

 


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THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE:

1. Falling in love.

2. Laughing so hard your face hurts.

3. A hot shower.

4. No lines at the supermarket

5. A special glance.

6. Getting mail

7. Taking a drive on a pretty road.

8.. Hearing your favorite song on the radio.

9. Lying in bed listening to the rain outside.

10. Hot towels fresh out of the dryer.

11. Chocolate milkshake. (or vanilla or strawberry!)

12. A bubble bath.

13. Giggling.

14. A good conversation.

15. The beach

16. Finding a 20 dollar bill in your coat from last winter.

17. Laughing at yourself.

19. Midnight phone calls that last for hours.

20. Running through sprinklers.

21. Laughing for absolutely no reason at all.

22. Having someone tell you that you're beautiful.

23. Laughing at an inside joke.

24. Friends.

25. Accidentally overhearing someone say something nice about you.

26. Waking up and realizing you still have a few hours left to sleep.

27. Your first kiss (either the very first or with a new partner).

28. Making new friends or spending time with old ones.

29. Playing with a new puppy.

30. Having someone play with your hair.

31. Sweet dreams.

32. Hot chocolate.

33. Road trips with friends.

34. Swinging on swings.

35. Making eye contact with a cute stranger.

36. Making chocolate chip cookies.

37. Having your friends send you homemade cookies.

38. Holding hands with someone you care about.

39. Running into an old friend and realizing that some things (good or bad) never change.

40. Watching the expression on someone's face as they open a much desired present from you.

41. Watching the sunrise.

42. Getting out of bed every morning and being grateful for another beautiful day.

43. Knowing that somebody misses you.

44. Getting a hug from someone you care about deeply.

45. Knowing you've done the right thing, no matter what other people think.

 


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MENTAL FENG SHUI

 

ONE. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.

TWO. Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational skills will be as important as any other.


THREE. Don't believe all you hear, spend all you have, or sleep all you want.

FOUR. When you say, 'I love you,' mean it

 

FIVE. When you say, 'I'm sorry,' look the person in the eye.

 

SIX. Be engaged at least six months before you get married.

SEVEN. Believe in love at first sight.

EIGHT. Never laugh at anyone's dreams. People who don't have dreams don't have much.

NINE. Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it's the only way to live life completely.

 

TEN. In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling.

ELEVEN. Don't judge people by their relatives.

TWELVE. Talk slowly but think quickly.

 

THIRTEEN. When someone asks you a question you don't want to answer, smile and ask, 'Why do you want to know?'

FOURTEEN. Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

FIFTEEN. Say 'bless you' when you hear someone sneeze

SIXTEEN When you lose, don't lose the lesson.


SEVENTEEN. Remember the three R's: Respect for self; Respect for others; and Responsibility for all your actions.

EIGHTEEN. Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.


NINETEEN. When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

 

TWENTY. Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice.

TWENTY-ONE. Spend some time alone each day.

 


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SOMETIMES I WONDER....

 

Maybe the happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of
everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along 
their way. 

 

Maybe the brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past;
after all, you can't go on successfully in life until you let go 
of your past mistakes, failures, and heartaches. 

 

Maybe we were supposed to meet the wrong people before meeting the right one so that, when we finally meet the right person, we will know how to be grateful for that gift.

 

Maybe when the door of happiness closes, another opens; but, often times, we look so long at the closed door that we don't even see the new one which has been opened for us.
 
Maybe it is true that we don't know what we have until we lose it, but
it is also true that we don't know what we have been missing until it
arrives. 
 
Maybe you should dream what you want to dream; go where you want to go, be what you want to be, because you have only one life and one chance to do all the things you dream of, and want to do. 
 
Maybe there are moments in life when you miss someone -- a parent, a spouse, a friend, a child, your girlfriend/boyfriend -- -- so much that you just want to pick them from your dreams and hug them for real, so that once they are around you appreciate them more. 
 
Maybe the best kind of friend is the kind you can sit on a porch and swing with, never say a word, and then walk away feeling like it was the best conversation you've ever had. 
 
Maybe you should always try to put yourself in others' shoes. If you feel that something could hurt you, it probably will hurt the other person, too. 
 
Maybe you should do something nice for someone every single day, even if it is simply to leave them alone. 
 
Maybe giving someone all your love is never an assurance that they will love you back. Don't expect love in return; just wait for it to grow in their heart; but if it doesn't, be content that it grew in yours. 
 
Maybe happiness waits for all those who cry, all those who hurt, all those who have searched, and all those who have tried, for only they can appreciate the importance of all the people who have touched their lives. 
 
Maybe you shouldn't go for looks; they can deceive; don't go for wealth; even that fades away. Go for someone who makes you smile, because it takes only a smile to make a dark day seem bright. Find theone who makes your heart smile. 

Maybe you should hope for enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human, and enough hope to make you happy.
 
Maybe you should try to live your life to the fullest because when you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling, but when you die, you can be the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying.