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Happiness Comes From Within

Saturday, August 14, 2010

emoticon When you wake up in the morning YOU can decide if it's going to be a good day, or a bad day....... it's really as simple as that! Sure there are things that can make us grit our teeth, or shed a tear, and momentarily even stamp our foot -- but in the long run, YOU control whether you are happy or not.

I'm sure you've all met people who had lots and lots of medical problems that still seem to always have a smile on their faces. You've also met those that seem to have everything a person could want, and yet they are still grousing around about this and that.

So how do you accomplish being happy? How do you work up the energy or attitude that makes you decide "I'm happy with my life, satisfied with what I have or don't have, I'm just glad to be alive." First of all, practice the art of not comparing yourself to your friends, relatives or neighbors. Envy can work itself into your system and make you feel dissatisfied with your life. Unless you walk in another person's shoes you never know how they feel inside. And the outside that is presented to the world can be whatever they decide; it's those feelings that are inside that are all-important. And, by not comparing yourself, it is so much easier to be happy with yourself. Perhaps the second most important item would be being satisfied with what you have. There is an old saying "It's Easier to go from Poor to Rich, than to go from Rich to Poor." That is indeed true, for to look back on what you had and lost is hard. But if your life is nicer, richer, or happier than it was a few years back; isn't that something to be thankful for?

One little way of reminding ourselves of how lucky we are is to give thanks at bedtime of what we have in our lives that is good. Did you have enough to eat today? Do you have a home to live in? Clothing? Love? Then there are those little intangible items we seem to ignore. We can talk, hear, see -- all of these are blessings!

Tomorrow when I wake up, I'm going to choose HAPPINESS! emoticon

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CATLADY52 8/14/2010 2:31PM

    Be happy and you wll find hapiness in everything. Be sad and you won't find it anywhere. emoticon

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SARABETH_60 8/14/2010 2:13PM

    I loved this!! Be grateful not grumpy! And to think that I am sitting here on my computer in a cool room in the middle of hot August communicating with you -- that alone is a lot to be thankful for.

Thanks so much for the good thoughts!


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PSMITH3841 8/14/2010 11:35AM

    Me too! The way I look at it, I opened my eyes, put my feet on the floor, I've got this day knocked!!!! That makes me happy! emoticon

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HAPPY-DESTINY 8/14/2010 7:58AM

    I have travelled a lot in my life..the best place I have ever been is being 'Happy' in the moment!

Great blog!

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VITCHY-VICKI 8/14/2010 7:26AM

emoticonto be alive

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THPEAKY 8/14/2010 6:45AM

    I agree: happiness is a decision you make and the FEELING follows.

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CBEVNOW 8/14/2010 2:44AM

    You are so right. Every day give thanks for what we have. Home, heat, air, car,job, food, we can worship as we please, etc. And we must not forget our dear sweet dogs. Im thankful for my sweet Lexy. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RENA1965 8/14/2010 12:29AM

    emoticonblog! I had to learn this and now accept it to find happy..

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How is YOUR Attitude?

Thursday, August 12, 2010

If being happy in life is reflected by the attitude we have, then there are a lot of unhappy people out there! I mean, haven't we all gone to a restaurant and had a waiter/waitress that acted like taking your order was the last thing they wanted to do! Or when you have approached a clerk in a store and asked a question and they look at you like you are a big bother to them?

But sometimes it isn't the attitude of the 'other' people that we should be critiquing; it's our own. Do you ever catch yourself hurrying through the day, perhaps entering a store and seeing an older person right behind you coming through the door also? So..... do you stop and hold the door open for them? Or do you barge ahead, after all; you're in a hurry! Perhaps the person in front of you at checkout can't read the signs very well, and they have a TON of items, whereas the sign clearly reads "Limit 20 Items." Do you make rude remarks about them -- or do you smile and patiently wait your turn?

Life is made up of lots of situations where you can either be in a good mood or in a bad mood. It doesn't make things go any faster to be in a bad mood; but it sure does make life more pleasant for yourself and others if you lighten up and smile and chat. The next time you find yourself reflecting one of those "bad" attitudes stop and look at yourself and wonder if that's the picture you want to portray!

emoticon Smile! You might be on "Candid Camera!"

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CATLADY52 8/12/2010 12:15PM

    I have to admit that sometimes I am 'that idiot' who barged into me by not looking, or the one who crowded in to the line of traffic. Usually I prefer to be polite and let the other guy (or gal) in. It won't hurt me and it often saves frayed nerves. Mine.

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    I love to spread the smiles around! Great blog!! I consider my attitude that of positivity and gratitude - never do I let a moment go by without acknowledging this... Including THANKS to great SP Friends like you!!

Have a superb day!

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183WANTS2B140 8/12/2010 6:09AM

    When I get ruched I am not that patient with people, but most of the time I try to think "what if that was my Mama or Daddy or one of my sisters and that usually makes me look at them in another light. Good blog. Thanks for posting.

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VITCHY-VICKI 8/12/2010 5:58AM

    emoticonBlog makes you stop and think
Life is to short to always be in a hurry or mad

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RESOLVE2010 8/12/2010 5:21AM

  Great food for thought. My hubby, bless his big heart, holds the door for anyone and everyone coming in behind him no matter where he is, what he's doing, or how big a hurry he may be in. He's also friendly to everyone, and talks alot. I, on the other hand, could use some work at times, lol.

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Wireless Internet - Yipee!

Monday, August 09, 2010

emoticon I love my new summer home; don't get me wrong! But that trip to the Public Library every day to use their computers started to get old in a hurry. And..... they are closed on Sunday, plus even when I was there the time was limited to one hour, especially if anyone was waiting.

Finally, after putting up with it for a little over a month (I can't believe I was that patient) I called up a place to see what they could do for me. I did not have a land line, I didn't want it to use my cell phone, what were my options. Lo and behold, the answer was Wireless Internet. And the cost was exactly the same as I was paying for my cable hook-up back in the big city. Best of all, once I downloaded the disk into my computer I could also use it on my computer at home! I feel like I'm out of the dark ages now -- and back into the swing of things.
I can now check into Spark People as often as I want, write blogs, answer notes, read tips and articles -- all of the wonderful things it was stressing me out to try and get done in the meager one hour allowance of time I had before.

I'm back Spark People -- so you'll see more of me! emoticon

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TRISTAROSE 8/11/2010 7:23AM

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VITCHY-VICKI 8/11/2010 6:47AM

    emoticon emoticonNow we will see you more in the chat room that will be nice

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PSMITH3841 8/10/2010 10:50AM

    Isn't technology amazing????!!!!! emoticon emoticon

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    emoticon for technology and keeping you connected to SPARK!!

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USFBULL 8/9/2010 11:21PM

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ANNANN63 8/9/2010 10:45PM

    Way to go!

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Is the Yo-Yo Scale Normal?

Friday, August 06, 2010

emoticon emoticon emoticon Have you noticed that some days you climb on the scale and are elated -- other days you climb on and are shocked/ depressed by the number? Naturally there are times when you just know the scale is going is be lower; you ate right, you exercised, everything is cool. Other times you think it 'might' be a little lower and are suprised to see a whole pound (or even more) gone! Whew! How did I do that???

What you have to remember is that lots of things are being factored into what your scale is going to read. Your water intake is one thing. Another thing is how much sodium you consumed. Your choice of food is a very important item, and, lastly -- did you exercise? I know you've heard it all before, but when you get right down to the bottom line, all of these things are important considerations, and most of what you've heard is probably true. So all of these important facts are considered, and bingo = your personal scale reading for the day!

It's great when the scale is on a downward movement, but when it jumps up a few ounces, don't become discouraged. Many times it is impossible to track what did actually cause the slight jump up in weight, the same as it's impossible to know for sure why you lost weight when maybe you had a little slip-up. It's how life works! Try to hang onto that motivation, because over a week or so, or even a month, if you are generally yo-yoing in lower numbers, well, hey! that's the name of the game -- WE ALL WANT LOWER NUMBERS! If we have to yo-yo a bit on our way to them, it's just the way life works!

Hugs to all! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 8/7/2010 7:24AM

    Been on a Yo Yo now for a while but like you said that is life.
I will find a plan that works and the yo yo will stop
Thanks for the blog

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TRISTAROSE 8/7/2010 7:14AM

    I am in the Yo-Yo mode and this time I told myself not to get discouraged, to just keep going and not give up like I usually do. Thanks for your words of encouragement as it helps to know that I am not the only one with this problem.


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183WANTS2B140 8/7/2010 7:11AM

    I know that if I weigh when I first get up in the morning the scales are going to say one thing and after my first cup of coffee they are going to say another. What I don't understand sometimes is why they show such a huge gain sometimes as much as three pounds. But I have got to get over weighing multiply times a day so thanks for posting.

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PSMITH3841 8/6/2010 9:11PM

    This blog is quite timely...this just happened to me this AM...I've been working so hard to get back on track....I set a Goal for 1 pound lost, should have been a piece of cake! Silly me, you know what they say about "best laid schemes", of course, I gained...Clothes are getting looser, I'm feeling better and we all know the scale sometimes lies....not going to worry, I'm gonna Keep on Keepin' On! emoticon

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Wrong Color? Make It Work!

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

emoticon emoticon emoticon Last night when I saw I had no plans or work planned for today, I decided to paint my guest bathroom. For some of you it might sound like a bunch of work, but for me such a prospect is cause for excitement -- decorating, even as mundane as painting a bathroom makes me feel exhilarated!

Now keep in mind that I had a color swatch with the color all chosen and all I had to do was go to the store and buy the gallon of paint. Very simple! But when I got there I decided to check out the other color options. Don't even ask why!! It's one of those unexplained mysteries of life. Actually the color I had chosen looks very bad in the light at Lowe's -- so I decided I needed something brighter, perhaps more colorful, less drab. The one I got was something with a lovely name, like Butternut Hazelnut or some such. And, as I was not at my own house last night I put the paint in my car, anticipated getting up early and having the entire job done by noon. That part went smoothly -- I got up at 6:30, eager to go. Breakfast was over and I was on my way.

However, when I opened the paint can I stared at it, aghast! The color was garish and much, much too orange looking. I had in mind more of abrownish- mustard color. Hmmmm! But the store has a 'no return' policy on custom paint and I was not about to just throw it out, so gritting my teeth, I started on the bathroom. I figured if I left the main wall with the mirror on it in the plain white it would counteract the boldness of the color. While applying it, it still looked very rash and I wondered what I might do to "fix" it. Perhaps I will try applying a faux finish on top of it, kind of tone the entire effect down.

Well, finally I was done. I cleaned up the roller and paint brush, rehung the towels and put the light switches back in place. There are still a couple of small plates to be hung that I keep in that room, and admittedly, it looks better now with the towels in place. I'll look at it again tomorrow after I get the shower curtain back up and everything in place. If it looks good, I'll take a photo and show all of you the result.

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FOOFYDEN 8/5/2010 3:46PM

    I tend to do things off the wall like pick those whoa what are you doing colors...funny how a couple of days of living with a color can change your perspective on it,,,,I'm sure in a room like the bathroom where there are so many other textures and stuff around it will calm down for you...even a white wall looks bright when the room is stripped...ok this all comes from the old lady that just put fire engine red peek-a-boo highlights in my hair,,,someone has to live on the nutty side,,,,

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PSMITH3841 8/5/2010 2:41PM

    Give the color a few may take a day or two for the color to completely dry...but mostly that's to get you used to the change, especially if it's a dramatic color change....Are you artistic? Do you have a friend that is???? Paint a mural, or something of interest on the focal wall....frequently, you can change a minor blooper into an amazing space.... emoticon emoticon

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CAROLYNVIL 8/4/2010 9:43PM

    glad it all worked out.

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BLESSED2BEME 8/4/2010 9:18PM

    You are brave! I want to paint rooms in our house but our only experience with it so far was not the best. Someday...

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CYNCUDDY 8/4/2010 8:20PM

    Glad you went ahead and painted, you might be surprised how the color will grow on you. Did this with our half bath and a medium shade of light green. My whole family was aghast when I came home with that color but it is very bright and cheery. Will check back to see if you post photos!

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