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  • Yana's Contagiously Happy Thread

    26 posts, 16 voices, 710 views, started Dec 10, 2008

    Posted on Wednesday, December 10, 2008 by Yana Berlin

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      Since this is our very first Happiness Hour, please forgive me for my long thread. If you've been reading my blogs, by now you know I can't write anything less than a page or two.  

      Times are tough, with the gloomy economy that affects everyone it's hard to stay positive, but here I'm in your face...upfront and person with a message that's loud and clear:

      Happiness is a choice. Every morning upon rising we chose to be happy, sad or indifferent. It's up to us to wave away the worries from a previous day or the challenges of the day ahead. “It's up to us to keep things in perspective.

      So why are so many people not choosing to be happy at all times? Maybe it's because they're not sure what it means.

      So I just have to ask, what does it mean to be happy?

      It's not fame, God knows we've seen enough celebrities destroyed by it.

      It's not fortune, because there are many rich people that are not happy.

      So, if fame or fortune can't make us happy, what does?  

      Is it good health? Successful career? The love of our families?

      One of the best tools I have found to instill a sense of happiness is simply to make a list of the things I feel happy about. It only takes a few minutes each day, but the psychic rewards are well worth the time and effort.

       

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      Here's part of my "happiness" list along with happy pills:

      •Happiness is my 88-year old grandma who always makes me laugh. Recently she told me (and meant it from the heart), "You look great, you got fat, I'm so proud of you."  

      •Happiness is my grandpa, who got married this year – at age 94! When I asked how his sex life is, he replied, "I can't and she won't."

      •Happiness is my niece & nephew, who come over to visit so they can be with their cousins.

      •Happiness is my parents, who, after so many years of marriage are still holding hands like two teenagers in love.

      •Happiness is my wonderful children, who express their love and show their appreciation when they hug and kiss me.

      •Happiness is my darling husband, who worries about our family and often surprises me with unexpected getaways.

      •Happiness is being active, feeling great and staying fit.

      Each day, my list continues to grow. And as I write this, so does the happy feeling inside me.  

      The pursuit of happiness is a life-long quest, so never give up on it.  And when you achieve happiness, never take it for granted.  

      Learn to live in harmony, be polite, and appreciate what you have. Look for the good in life, even when it can be hard to find.  And most of all, never under estimate the power of Yin/Yang.  



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