As a social scientist I have been studying the conditions that promote happiness in life. There is a lot of information out there so I will continue to share the best with you. Movies like “The Secret” explain that we must create our own happiness through our thoughts. Get on with it now… no sense waiting for anyone or anything else to come into your life. The happier you are – the more happiness you attract into your life.
Have collected so many cool quotes and sets of ideas over the years. Now have the chance to put some together – along with funny and inspiring pix. This is a modern way to learn and hopefully you will leave some comments!! BTW – these are generally common or public domain items that are easily found in their original context. I will add specific links soon.
Hope this BLOG (and PIX) make you feel high, hip and happy!! One great way to sum up all the research and practice is to quote Abraham Lincoln “Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” So my writings are intended to help you find what makes you happy and then learn how to build on that. Tell me what you think!!
Tips for Happiness in Daily Life by Remez Sasson
Daily life can be made happier. It is a matter of choice. It is our attitude that makes us feel happy or unhappy. It is true, we meet all kinds of situations during the day, and some of them may not be conductive to happiness. We can choose to keep thinking about the unhappy events, and we can choose to refuse to think about them, and instead, relish the happy moments. All of us constantly go through various situations and circumstances, but we do not have to let them influence our reactions and feelings. If we let outer events influence our moods, we become their slaves. We lose our freedom. We let our happiness be determined by outer forces. On the other hand, we can free ourselves from outer influences. We can choose to be happy, and we can do a lot to add happiness to our lives. What is happiness? It is a feeling of inner peace and satisfaction. It is usually experienced when there are no worries, fears or obsessing thoughts, and this usually happens, when we do something we love to do or when we get, win, gain or achieve something that we value. It seems to be the outcome of positive events, but it actually comes from the inside, triggered by outer events.
Tips for increasing happiness in daily life:
- Endeavor to change the way you look at things. Look at the good and positive side of every situation.
- Think of solutions, not problems.
- Listen to relaxing, uplifting music.
- Watch funny comedies that make you laugh.
- Devote time to reading a few pages of an inspiring book or article.
- Whenever you catch yourself thinking negative thoughts, start thinking of pleasant things.
- Always look at what you have done and not at what you haven’t. Feel happy and satisfied with what you are doing as much as possible.
- Each day do something good for yourself. It can be something small or it could become your overall approach to life.
- Each day do at least one act to make others happy. The possibilities are infinite. When you make someone happy, you become happy, and then people try to make you happy.
- Always expect happiness.
- Do not envy people who are happy. On the contrary, be happy for their happiness.
- Associate with happy people, and try to learn from them to be happy. Remember, happiness is contagious.
- Do your best to stay detached, when things do not proceed as intended and desired. Detachment will help you stay calm and control your moods and reactions. Detachment is not indifference
- Smile more often.
Proverbs From the First Grade
A first grade teacher collected well-known proverbs. She gave each kid in the class the first half of the proverb, and asked them to fill in the rest. Here’s what the kids came up with:
- Better to be safe than… punch a 5th grader.
- Strike while the… bug is close.
- It’s always darkest before… daylight savings time.
- Never underestimate the power of… termites.
- You can lead a horse to water but… how?
- Don’t bite the hand that… looks dirty.
- No news is… impossible.
- A miss is as good as a… Mr.
- You can’t teach an old dog… math.
- If you lie down with dogs, you… will stink in the morning.
- Love all, trust… me.
- The pen is mightier than… the pigs.
- An idle mind is… the best way to relax.
- Where there is smoke, there’s… pollution.
- Happy is the bride who… gets all the presents.
- A penny saved is… not much.
- Two is company, three’s… The Musketeers.
- None are so blind as… Helen Keller.
- Children should be seen and not… spanked or grounded.
- If at first you don’t succeed… get new batteries.
- You get out of something what you… see pictured on the box.
- When the blind lead the blind… get out of the way.
- There is no fool like… Aunt Edie.
- Laugh and the whole world laughs with you. Cry and… you have to blow your nose.
Eight Gifts That Don’t Cost a Cent
In the economy of the heart, these presents are priceless. This simple checklist can help measure how you are nurturing your relationships. From many sources.
- The Gift of Listening = But you must really listen. Don’t interrupt, don’t daydream, don’t plan your response. Just listen.
- The Gift of Affection = Be generous with appropriate hugs, kisses, pats on the back and handholds. Let these small actions demonstrate the love you have for family and friends.
- The Gift of Laughter = Clip cartoons. Share articles and funny stories. Your gift will say, “I love to laugh with you.”
- The Gift of Solitude = There are times when we want nothing better than to be left alone. Be sensitive to those times and give the gift of solitude to others.
- The Gift of a Favor = Everyday, go out of your way to do something kind.
- The Gift of a Written Note = It can be a simple “Thanks for the help” note or a full sonnet. A brief, handwritten note may be remembered for a lifetime.
- The Gift of a Compliment = A simple and sincere, “You look great in red,” “You did a super job,” or “That was a wonderful meal” can make someone’s day.
- The Gift of a Cheerful Disposition = The easiest way to feel good is to extend a kind word to someone.