Thursday, June 07, 2012
In 1820, English writer Sydney Smith wrote a letter to an unhappy friend, Lady Morpeth, in which he offered 20 tips for how to be happy. Many of them hold up today. Here are the first 8:
“1st. Live as well as you dare.
2nd. Go into the shower-bath with a small quantity of water at a temperature low enough to give you a slight sensation of cold, 75 or 80 degrees.
3rd. Amusing books.
4th. Short views of human life—not further than dinner or tea.
5th. Be as busy as you can.
6th. See as much as you can of those friends who respect and like you.
7th. And of those acquaintances who amuse you.
8th. Make no secret of low spirits to your friends, but talk of them freely—they are always worse for dignified concealment.”
In the spirit of #8, I must admit that I have been struggling with the same couple of pounds for the last month or so. Up - down - up - down - up - down. I have been dealing with some personal issues also which I know has a lot to do with my weight issues, too. I try to keep an upbeat attitude at all times and encourage others, hoping it will help to encourage me, too. It doesn't always work, though. Right now, I am just so down & depressed.