Happy Happy

The other day as I was checking out of the store, I heard one of the store workers bragging about how she didn’t accomplish something that was asked of all employees. Now this act was not a term of employment but was for a good cause.  I thought “Is this what our society is coming to, bragging about what you didn’t accomplish?”  Of course the employee sounded “so excited” to be at their place of employment.. Was she not happy?

This evening, I got the chance to watch a great documentary film entitled “Happy”  directed by Roko Belic.  Great film and great information about how happiness effects us, our community and our world. Belic spent 6 years doing this film and the study that went along with it and finished with a great product and a great understanding of happiness.

The happiest country in the world, Denmark. The least happiest country in the world, Japan. What was shocking was that the statistics in Japan of people literally dying at their work because the work so much has been on the rise. They have ingrained the idea from rebuilding Japan after WWII, that they have to work hard all the time. However, all work and no play makes Jack a dull or dead boy.  Not a good scenario. ON the other hand, In Denmark, there are a lot of communal type areas that help people to enjoy their family and life a bit better. They all share in work, each family cooks two times a month, ( I like this idea), there are always people/friends around to help each other.  A great community environment to be together with others. It gives you a great sense of appreciation and ability to give back as well.  How well do you know your neighbors that live 30 feet away? Not to mention the people of Denmark get free health care and college. That is a big stress reliever right there.

It really made me think of how I am living my life. Am I enjoying each day I have? Sometimes I will go outside and just look up at the sky and watch the birds fly about and enjoy the breeze through the maple tree I have in my back yard. I will be getting more involved at my church as  the mission of the church is:  “To bring people closer to God“. I think this is a great place to build community and help others and I can be a part of that community.

What makes you happy?  What are you doing to enjoy life? Perhaps we need to get outside more or just have fun with life. Perhaps we can learn a lot form this documentary film and realize that we can be Happy in our life.  We can choose to be happy and we have the choice to make a difference in our lives and the lives of others.  As my Dad used to say, “Try it you might like it.”

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An Awesome Message to be Happy

I just received this in an e-mail from a friend and I had to share the message. It is a message of Happiness.

This is AWESOME … something we should all remember. 

    A 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud man, who is fully dressed
each morning by eight o’clock, with his hair fashionably combed and shaved perfectly,
even though he is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today.  

    His wife of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary.
After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, he
smiled sweetly when told his room was ready. 

    As he maneuvered his walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of his tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on his
window.  

    I love it,’ he stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having
just been presented with a new puppy.  

    Mr. Jones, you haven’t seen the room; just wait..’ 
    ‘That doesn’t have anything to do with it,’ he replied. 

    Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time. 

     Whether I like my room or not doesn’t depend on how the furniture is  arranged
.. it’s how I arrange my mind. I already decided to love it.  

    ‘It’s a decision I make every morning when I wake up. I have a choice;  

    I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the
parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful  for
the ones that do.  

    Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open, I’ll focus on the new
day and all the happy memories I’ve stored away.. Just for this time in my
life.. 
    Old age is like a bank account. You withdraw from what you’ve put in.  

    So, my advice to you would be to deposit a lot of happiness in the bank account
of memories! 

    Thank you for your part in filling my Memory Bank. 
    I am still depositing. 
    Remember the five simple rules to be happy: 

     1. Free your heart from hatred. 
    2. Free your mind from worries. 
    3. Live simply. 
    4. Give more. 
    5. Expect less. 

 Lets pass this message onto others so they can be happy to. We can be audacious by being happy..

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Like a Dog

You may have heard or used the term “Like a Dog” when referring to someone to be derogatory. However, I was reminded last night of a better meaning.

I walk my dogs every night around 8 – 8:30 if I’m not a one of my childrens events. If i start to get “sidetracked” around the house and I am not aware of the time, my two lab mixes remind me what time it is. They will follow me around, look at me with those “puppy eyes”, bump my leg and hover around the cabinet where there leashes are to make sure I know what time it is.

Sometimes I am not at home and we cannot go for a walk. Yet the dogs do not yell, wine or complanin to me. When I get home th dogs are always happy to see me as their tails start to wag and they may get up so I can pet them. 

I am reminded that dogs are very forgiving creatures that offer a lot of love to people that treat them well. They don’t hold grudges, powt or hold on to ill feelings for the most part. So why can’t we be more “Like a Dog” and let go of grudges, be happy to see people and enjoy just getting out, no matter if it is to walk aroudn the block go for a car ride or just be with someone?   Try to be “Like a Dog” and  stick your head out the window and feel the air, enjoy your life. Try giving a lot of love and see what type of response you get from others and see how you will grow.

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Just

I have heard heard the word JUST a lot lately. “If I could just get …”, If they would just…” If he would just..”, If she would just…” You fill in any other details you like.  Why are we saying this?

Are we limiting what we are capable of surpassing? “If I can just be on time..” this statement gives us an out to be on time. An out to have the discipline to leave a bit earlier or get up earlier to be on time. “If I could just make some more money.” Seems to be an “excuse” for people not to try and increase their money making potential whether that is getting off the couch, reading and learning more or taking steps to get a job done.

“Just be Happy”.. Why settle for happy when we can have ecstatic and exuberance knowing that we have received another breath and another opportunity to live life. We can be happy if we choose no matter what happens.

Let’s not “JUST” do anything, Let’s DO anything and everything we can to have a great fulfilling life.

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