Archive for the ‘happiness’ Tag

03/27/2022 The List   2 comments

I received this list many years ago from a very close friend. Where he came by it, I don’t have a clue. Someone obviously put a great deal of thought into it, and I guess that’s a good enough reason for me to pass it on. Do I agree with everything on it, NO WAY! But again, it’s not just about me. It’s a bit of a long read but you never know, you might find a pearl of wisdom or two in it.


-Eat plenty of whole rice.
-Give people more than they expect and do it willfully.
-Learn by heart your favorite song.
-Don’t believe anything you hear and do not sleep as much as you would like to.
-When you say, “I love you”, say it truthfully.
-When you say, “I’m sorry”, say it with eye contact.
-An engagement period of 6 months is crucial before marriage.
-Believe in love at first sight.
-Never mock others’ dreams.
-Love deeply and passionately. You may get hurt, but this is the only way to live life to the fullest.

-Deal with discontentment, fight fairly but do not offend.
-Do not judge others because of their relatives.
-Talk slow, think fast.
-When someone asks you a question you do not want to answer, smile and ask: “Why do you want to know?”
-Remember that the greatest love and the greatest successes also hold many risks.
-Call your mom.
-Bless a person who has just sneezed.
-When you lose, do not lose the lesson.
-Remember:  Respect for yourself, respect for others and responsibility for your actions.
-Do not allow a small disagreement to hurt a great friendship.

-When you notice you have made a mistake, take the appropriate steps in order to correct it.
-Smile when you answer the phone. Those who call can “hear” your smile.
-Marry the person you love talking to the most. When you get old, conversation will be important more than anything else.
-Spend some time alone.
-Accept change with open arms; yet do not give up your values.
-Remember that sometimes, silence is the best answer.
-Read more books and watch television less.
-Live a good, honorable life. Later, when you grow old and remember the past, you will enjoy them once more.
-Believe and trust god, whomever / whatever you conceive God to be, but securely lock your car.
-An atmosphere of love at your home is most important. Do all that you can in order to create a calm home full of love.

-Do not bring back the past.
-Read in between the lines.
-Share your knowledge. It is the way to live forever.
-Be gentle with our Earth planet.
-Pray. Prayer has incredible power.
-Never interrupt someone who flatters you.
-Take care of your problems.
-Do not trust a man or a woman who do not close their eyes when you kiss them.
-Once a year, visit a place you never did before.
-If you make a lot of money, channel it so as to help others while you are alive. This is the greatest satisfaction a treasure can reward you.

-Remember that sometimes, not getting what you want is being very lucky.
-Learn all the rules, and then break some.
-Remember that the greatest relationships are the ones in which the love between two people is greater than the need one has of the other.
-Judge your success in light of what you had to give up in order to obtain it.
-Relate to love and to the kitchen completely.


09/04/2021 Have You Found Your Balance Yet?   Leave a comment

I’d like to discuss balance. All of us are bombarded on a daily basis with terms and phrases about balance. How often are we reminded by government, TV, family, and friends about eating a balanced diet. Most religions also suggest a well-balanced lifestyle makes for a harmonious existence. It seems to be a never-ending but critically important theme.


“The best and safest thing is to keep a balance in your life, acknowledge the great powers around us and in us. If you can do that, and live that way, you are really a wise man.” Euripides


“What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter – a soothing, calming influence on the mind, rather like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue.” Henri Matisse


Even the scientific community is required to deal with balance because it is a universal constant. The third of Sir Isaac Newton’s Laws of Motion explains that if you push on anything, it pushes back on you. The quote “every action has an equal and opposite reaction” is part of what we are. It can’t be ignored or avoided but must be understood and used to our best advantage.

I’ve seen many unhappy people over the years who are simply out of balance. I was one of them for more than three decades. My job, career, and prestige were all I focused on but that made me totally out of balance with my personal life. Work your life and keep trying to find your balance. It’s certainly not an easy thing to do in this day and age and just so you don’t forget, money still can’t and won’t buy you happiness. I didn’t listen to the warnings back then but I wish I had.

We come into this world head first and leave feet first.


01-27-2013   2 comments

I’ve never been accused of being an overly happy person.  I’m pretty sure I know the reasons why as do most of my closest friends and acquaintances. It wasn’t until recently that I was told in no uncertain terms that men should be a lot happier than women.  You might think a statement like that was made by a man but it wasn’t.

If you think about it, we men are really simple creatures.  Things are cut and dry, black or white, just simple. We apparently have so many reasons to be happy I can’t believe I didn’t realize it sooner:

We can never get pregnant.

We can wear a white T-shirt to a water park.

We can wear NO shirt to a water park.

We can intimidate car mechanics.

We have the world as our urinal.

We never drive to another gas station restroom because this one is too disgusting.

We have wrinkles that just add character.

We never have anyone stare at our chest when talking to us.

We favor 30 second phone conversations.

We know stuff about tanks.

We need one suitcase for a five-day vacation.

We can open all our own  jars.

We pay $8.95 for a three-pack of underwear.

We need no more than 3 pairs of shoes.

We are unable to see wrinkles in our clothes.

We have the same hairstyle for years, maybe decades.

We only have to shave our face and neck.

We can wear shorts no matter what our legs look.

We can do our nails with a pocket knife.

We can Christmas  shop for 25 relatives in 25 minutes.

Here are a few simple but true comparisons between men and women that are absolutely spot on.

  • We will pay $2 for a $1 item we need and a  a woman will pay $1 for a $2 item that she doesn’t need but is on sale.
  • We have has six items in our bathroom: toothbrush, toothpaste, shaving cream, razor, a bar of soap, and a towel. The average number of items in the typical woman’s bathroom is 337.
  • We wake up as good-looking as when we went to bed. Women somehow deteriorate during the night.
  • A woman worries about the future until she gets a husband. We never worried about the future until we got a wife.
  • A woman will dress up to go shopping, water the plants, empty the trash, answer the phone, read a book, and get the mail. We will dress up for weddings and funerals.

How could we not be happier than women?  We’ve had it made for all these years and just didn’t realize it.  Thank God I have a good women who could explain it to me along with about a  thousand other things that she thinks I don’t understand. 

In my opinion all of the above may be true.  There’s only one thing I can think of that women have that I’m really jealous of, MULTIPLE ORGASMS!  I think that makes us even.

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