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Thought for the day

Friday, April 08, 2011

"We should laugh before being happy, for fear of dying without having laughed."

—JEAN DE LA BRUYÈRE, 17th-century French essayist

  
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ANIMALMAGIC 4/9/2011 5:26AM

  Interesting quote - made me think!
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RIKKI572 4/8/2011 7:15AM

    Laughing is contagious, pass it on!!!

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BILL60 4/8/2011 7:01AM

    Difficult to laugh before being happy.

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Funny Bones

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Q. What did the hungry Dalmatian say when he finished his dinner?
A. “That hit the spots!”

Q. Which dog is man’s best friend?
A. The Pal-matian.



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SCHAHARAZADE 4/7/2011 5:33PM

    Awwww!!! Your Background is so CUTE!! emoticon And the jokes were cute too! But not as cute as the ferret emoticon

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RIKKI572 4/7/2011 3:54PM

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TWOTIMESS 4/7/2011 3:48PM

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BRENDAF761 4/7/2011 9:14AM

    Thanks for sharing! Enjoy your day and try to get outside and enjoy our beautiful weather! emoticon emoticon

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DRAGONRIDER1 4/7/2011 8:20AM

    I have ALWAYS loved Dalmations. I had one and named her Tops at my best friends suggestion. His first suggestion was Spot. No way in H311. So I took his second suggestion and sent in my registration papers. One day at lunch I told him Tops' papers had come in and I had taken his suggestion..... He THEN informed me that I had ACTUALLY taken both of his suggestions....You see, he told me with a huge grin...Tops is Spot spelled backwards.
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IDLETYME 4/7/2011 8:08AM

    Thanks for starting my day with a Smile!
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PAL AROUND

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

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Not only does being part of a group come with social benefits, but a new study from the University of Queensland in Australia shows that belonging to numerous organizations can also increase your resilience.

You get a sense of purpose and belonging from those memberships, which gives you the strength to face challenges – both physical and mental.

Becoming a joiner is simple: Look into a monthly book club, a kickball league or your college’s alumni group.

Of course, we already know about the benefits of being part of a group, since we are part of the best group in the world – SPARKPEOPLE!
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DRAGONRIDER1 4/7/2011 8:15AM

    Very well said.

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RIKKI572 4/6/2011 8:27AM

    Well said my friend!! emoticon

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BE YOUR OWN CHEERLEADER

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

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So you don’t have thin thighs and perfect skin – neither does half the planet!

Stop bashing your body and start liking what you have right now. A bad body image colors every area of your life – your mood, your interactions with other people (and the way they see you), and even the kinds of goals you shoot for-or don’t.

Here’s the good news: You can change the way you think and, in the process, change your life. Negative thought patterns, like reaching for a cookie when you’re stressed or thinking “I’m so fat” when you catch sight of yourself in the mirror, are simple reflexes. Retraining your brain takes practice, but very quickly you become as comfortable looking on the upside as you did on the downside.

ID YOUR SIGNATURE STRENGTHS. These are the skills, passions, and characteristics that represent you at your best – the qualities that make you stand out from everyone else and come to you naturally. They could range from being a fast runner, to having beautiful eyes, or being open-minded and always up for a new adventure. By identifying what these traits are, you can plan ways to make the most of them in your day-to-day life. When assessing your core strengths, try to list three or four, both emotional and physical, together they create a complete package of what you have to offer. It’s that unique combination that gives you power and confidence.

TRY THESE STRATEGIES TO ASSESS YOUR STRENGTHS AND GIVE YOURSELF A BOOST:

Keep tabs on the compliments you’ve received. If a co-worker says she loves your super-strength hair, take her words at face value: You have gorgeous hair. And if your friends are still talking about the fun dinner party you hosted last week, add “good at entertaining” to your list. Lingering on compliments (instead of shrugging them off) reinforces what your strengths are, and makes you aware of the ones you didn’t know you had.

Remember happy days. Think back to a time when you were fully engaged and loving life, and chances are you were doing something you excel at – for instance, taking pictures at a friend’s party or helping your sister redecorate her living room. Or perhaps you’re levelheaded in a crisis. (Okay, not exactly a happy memory, but situations like these can often be exhilarating and remind you how strong you really are.) By focusing on what you’re good at, you’re inviting positive energy into your life, which helps build self-esteem.

Write a letter…to your body. Take a few minutes and think about all it has done for you and give thanks for legs that can sprint for a train (or chase a toddler), a voice that can sing in tune, and arms that can carry bags of heavy groceries-you get the picture.

Take a good look. I’m challenging you to find three things you like about your body. As you stand in front of the mirror, avoid thinking about minimizing your flaws. Instead ask: What do I have going for me?” Paying attention to your best features means you’re defining yourself by what you like instead of what you don’t.

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DRAGONRIDER1 4/7/2011 8:13AM

    EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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MOMENTSMATTER 4/5/2011 8:12PM

    Great Blog!!!!!! You are so right on so many fronts. I'll have to ready this a few times. I'll let you know my progress. Take Care and thanks my Spark Friend! Tracy

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RIKKI572 4/5/2011 8:00PM

    Great advise, thanks for sharing!!

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ANIMALMAGIC 4/5/2011 4:21PM

  I really need to work on this one!
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A RANDOM ORIGIN

Monday, April 04, 2011

THE SALAD BAR
Rax was a fast-food chain that thrived in the Midwest by offering fare not typically served at fast-food restaurants, such as roast beef and baked potatoes. In 1964 Rax added another novelty item: fresh salads. But salads took too long to prepare. So Rax created a “salad bar”—a buffet of lettuces and vegetables where customers assembled their own salads. Only a handful of Rax stores in Ohio had the salad bars, but the concept took off (and was widely copied) after Rax put salad bars in its stores nationwide in the mid-1970s to cash in on the era’s health-food fad.


THE STRAWBERRY IS THE ONLY FRUIT WITH ITS SEEDS ON THE OUTSIDE OF ITS SKIN.

  
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ANIMALMAGIC 4/4/2011 4:51PM

  Interesting! Thanks for sharing.....
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