“If you want to be happy, be.” — Leo Tolstoy
“Life is not meant to be easy, my child, but take courage – it can be delightful.” — George Bernard Shaw
I laugh a lot. Not just a little giggle. No, I laugh right out loud and don’t care who hears it.
A boss used to tease me about my laugh. After I left for another job she called, telling jokes until I finally laughed. On the other end of the line I heard, “It’s about time! I miss that cackle of yours. No one laughs around here anymore.” She didn’t know she could reintroduce laughter by laughing herself.
There are actual studies showing laughter may indeed be the best medicine. So go ahead and laugh. If anyone says anything tell them it’s for your health.
“It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about.” — Dale Carnegie
“To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.” — Buddha
One of the things I love about the internet is the opportunity to visit places I many never actually go in real life. A favorite way for me to spend time is to visit some of the world’s great art galleries online. One of my favorites is the Louvre. Yes, you read that right the Louvre — the famous one in France. Didn’t know they had a website? Go check it out.
“Remember that happiness is as contagious as gloom. It should be the first duty of those who are happy to let others know of their gladness.” — Maurice Maeterlinck
“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
Sometimes we get so wrapped up in one aspect of life it becomes our entire life. We may stay stuck in that way of living until we get a wake up call that tells us the delicate balance of life has been disrupted. That wake up call may come as a gentle nudge or a big kick in the pants. For me it still too often comes as a big kick after gentle nudges have been ignored.
Think about things that take over your life and fill in the blank. Repeat the statement until you believe it. Then take it a step beyond and think of one thing that is the “more” you might be missing.
What is your life more than…?
“Share our similarities, celebrate our differences.”— M. Scott Peck