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Happiness suggestions—from 200 years ago

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.

  
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FRANCES-AGAPE 6/8/2012 12:03AM

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Cannot imagine YOU are down -
you are ALWAYS so positive & upbeat for me

Use some of it on yourself, Dear !

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Here is a Spark Angel
to comfort and cheer you

Have a Fantastic Friday

BLESSINGS !

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CONFJASMINE6886 6/7/2012 2:22PM

  I totally understand! I have been looking for a job for 2 months and have had several job offers but the $ is sooooo low like $20k less than my previous job. I'm also trying to keep busy by taking the time to work on self & career development but sad thoughts can still continue. I try to walk every day usually before dinner to clear my head and keep affirmations nearby to remind myself that good things will come. Try taking Vitamin D3 in divided doses (helps with depression) and remember "this is temporary & u can do anything temporarily". Wish u much luck!

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6/6/2012

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Trimming your portions rather than totally eliminating certain foods is the simplest way to shrink your waistline. As Americans, we've grown too accustomed to supersize everything-cars, homes, entrees. But retraining your brain to view the right-size portions as normal will help you eat just what your body needs instead of huge helpings.

  
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JUDITHANNIE 6/6/2012 8:26AM

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6/5/2012

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Trimmed the fat from your food plan - but starting to wonder if curbing carbs was really the better option? Now you can stop second-guessing your choices. A large new study from the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, LA, found that a variety of different regimens works equally well for weight loss-just as long as you slash calories. Study participants each followed one of four popular eating strategies, with varying proportions of protein, fat and carbs, and all lost around the same amount of weight over a two-year period.

This shows that the composition of a diet isn't the major factor when it comes to dropping pounds. Using a method you can actually stick to has a big impact, too. Because that's easier to do if you're eating foods you favor, go ahead and have a steak or salmon if you're a protein-lover, or enjoy pasta if that's your passion.

Basically, eat anything in moderation! Count those calories.

  
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FRANCES-AGAPE 6/6/2012 12:32AM

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That's emoticonto hear.

Several years ago our family physician
told Jack & me to go on Adkins/low card
diet because we are both overweight.
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Neither of us could do it -
Jack cannot live without potatoes nor
me without bread, pasta & corn on the cob !

Have a Wonderful Wednesday

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BLESSINGS !


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JUDITHANNIE 6/5/2012 7:12AM

    Interesting, make a lot of sense

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Build Your Confidence

Monday, June 04, 2012

Hold your head up. Plant your feet on the ground, relax your shoulders, tuck in your stomach, then breathe deeply in and out and feel your confidence grow. In addition to easing body pain and promoting healthy breathing, good posture influences our ability to believe in ourselves. Breaking out of a slump just got easier!

  
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FRANCES-AGAPE 6/4/2012 8:43PM

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for the reminder

YES! it often works !

If you want to become more confident,
ACT as if you ALREADY are & eventually you ARE !

Have a Terrific Tuesday !

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BLESSINGS !

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JUDITHANNIE 6/4/2012 2:23PM

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TWEETYKC00 6/4/2012 8:16AM

    Good advice.

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Sunday Smile

Sunday, June 03, 2012

How did they know the man eaten by a shark had dandruff emoticon


They found his head and shoulders on the beach.

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FRANCES-AGAPE 6/3/2012 11:40PM

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Great WACKY joke

Have a(nother) GREAT week

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BLESSINGS !

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TWEETYKC00 6/3/2012 10:08AM

    LOL, good one!

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