Nov 022011


“Fallen leaves lying on the grass

in the November sun bring

more happiness than the daffodils”

~~~Cyril Connolly

Take this time to enjoy what is all around you. The beauty of fall is overwhelming! Breath in that brisk air and fill your lungs with happiness. Fall is here and we should all make the best of it. Watch the leaves of colors dance as they glide to ground. Listen to them rustle under feet, as you walk. Take a moment to acknowledge  the chill of the wind rushing past you. What is better than the Candied Apples, Pumpkin pies and Thanksgiving dinner coming our way?!? So, I ask you, make an effort to find the beauty that moves you. What is you favorite part of fall?

Oct 312011

“It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come.”
~~~Dalai Lama

Oct 302011

Happiness is something we all want but not all of us obtain it. Why?

What is Happiness? Well by definition it is: enjoying or characterized by well-being and contentment.

It seems as if most of us walk around blindly looking for this elusive creature. We find it for a moment but it somehow slips away. We have learned we need physical things or milestones to make us happy. How many of us have thought ….”I will be so happy if I get this job.” We say this as if this job will make or break us. Ok, right, we need a job to make money to live. Point taken but we put so pressure on ourselves. Almost, as if to say if I don’t get this job my life will be over. Really it is not over. It is a mild speed bump on the road of life. How about this one… “I would be happier if I had a boyfriend / girlfriend.” So many of us depend on someone to make us whole. You ARE enough. No one needs someone to make them a better person.

 We need to look deeper in ourselves and see we are worth something. Having a partner is great. It gives us happy for a moment. Life eventually gets in the way and some how the elusive creature slips away… Relationships are work we all know this but some of us give up a little faster. Instead, how about work through it. I know it is not as easy as it sounds. I am talking about those of us who hit a rough patch, get bored and move on to the next person. There is going to be great times, bad times, horrible times, excellent times. With the good comes the bad and so on.

How many of us have thought… “I hate my life!” Why? Life is not always easy and sometimes it seems as if easy comes only once in a while. That is life. That is what makes life interesting. Living in the United States of America we are so blessed and don’t even realize it. Maybe it is because we are always looking for something bigger, better, faster … Instead of just being content with what we have we tend to focus on what we do not have.

Let me suggest something…Why can we just be content or “happy”, if you will, until something makes us unhappy? I think this is quite a statement. It will take time and persistence to train yourself to think this way but … aren’t we all on our own personal journey to happiness, anyway? We have food, water, shelter, a job, an education….opportunity to do or be whatever we want to be.

Where does the unhappiness fit in? So if happy is “characterized by well-being and contentment” what is the opposite? “Miserable: being in a pitiable state of distress or unhappiness.” I don’t know about you but I think I will count my blessings and be content. I don’t want to be in a “pitiable state of distress” So with this idea of being happy until something makes us unhappy … It means Happiness is a journey not a destination. Learning to be content with what we have and live life takes time, practice and consistency.

I know you can do it. Who doesn’t want to be happy? I know I do. So…make it happen.

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