Happiness

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Decide to be a happy person: 

Decide to be a happy person As Lincoln observed, most people, most of the time, can choose how stressed or happy, how troubled or relaxed they want to be. Choose to be happy.  

Watch and Read less news: 

Watch and Read less news   As a recovering news addict, I know this can be difficult because the stock market fluctuates, politicians politic, and sports teams compete.  But, most of the time, you don't need the stress.  So, just don't watch.  I think it was Henry Thoreau who noted that if you've ever read about a train wreck, you understand the principle and don't need to know any more about it.  

Practice the Attitude of Gratitude: 

Practice the Attitude of Gratitude   We all have so much to be grateful for.  Just thanking the many people who assist us, encourage us, teach us and open doors for us could take all day!  

Take Time: 

Take Time   My dog has taught me much about loyalty, about noticing the sights, sounds, and smells in the yard, about being relaxed and about play.  Eat when you're hungry, nap when you need it.  Get your ears scratched whenever possible!  

Laugh everyday: 

Laugh everyday   Hear a joke, tell a joke, laugh at yourself, laugh with your friends and family and co-workers.   There are very few medicines as powerful as laughter, and I don't think you can over-dose, although it is addicting!  

Love well: 

Love well   Express your affection, appreciation, friendship and warmth to those around you, and they will almost always respond in the most amazing ways!  Be generous--it pays great dividends!  

Work hard: 

Work hard This one comes as a bit of a surprise, but there is tremendous satisfaction in being competent, and joy in completing our assigned tasks.  One of the great sources of happiness is to do work that is worthy of you, and to do it well.  

Learn something new, everyday: 

Learn something new, everyday    To be happy, most of us must also be growing, expanding, learning and challenging ourselves.  Read, listen, adapt and stretch to accommodate new ideas and new information.  

Use your body as it was designed: 

Use your body as it was designed    Walk and run, stretch, throw things, and lift things.  Dance!  Exercise is good, but so is making love, mixing up a batch of cookies, or exchanging backrubs.   You have a body and it can be either a source of joy, or a source of aches and pains.  Your choice.  

Avoid toxins: 

Avoid toxins   I prefer writing positives (things to do) rather than negatives (things to fear), but reality says there are negative people and there are bad chemicals, stressful noises, and unsafe places.   Don't go there!  Avoid poisons whenever possible.  It seems to work out better that way.

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