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About Life and Happiness

About Life and Happiness

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This is a selection of ideas about increasing happiness by dealing with the problems we encounter in life. Problems like worry, anger, poor self-esteem, and stress. Sometimes it may only take a single idea or change of habit to climb out of a rut, or to survive what seems a hopeless situation. And there are lots of these ideas available to us.
Of course with any serious problem a first step should always be to consult a health professional. For personal information, there is a vast amount of self-help material available at the library, bookstore, and online. This might not be cool to some, but if there is any kind of stigma attached to reading self-help books, don't tell the millions of people who read them. We are not alone. One of the most common threads in these books seems to be the enormous effect that our attitude has on our mental and physical well being.
This is a selection of ideas about increasing happiness by dealing with the problems we encounter in life. Problems like worry, anger, poor self-esteem, and stress. Sometimes it may only take a single idea or change of habit to climb out of a rut, or to survive what seems a hopeless situation. And there are lots of these ideas available to us.
Of course with any serious problem a first step should always be to consult a health professional. For personal information, there is a vast amount of self-help material available at the library, bookstore, and online. This might not be cool to some, but if there is any kind of stigma attached to reading self-help books, don't tell the millions of people who read them. We are not alone. One of the most common threads in these books seems to be the enormous effect that our attitude has on our mental and physical well being.

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About Life and Happiness
 
from a diary of notes and quotes
Ken McIsaac
This is a selection of ideas about increasing happiness by dealing with theproblems we encounter in life. Problems like worry, anger, poor self-esteem, and stress.Sometimes it may only take a single idea or change of habit to climb out of a rut, or tosurvive what seems a hopeless situation. And there are lots of these ideas available to us.
 
Of course with any serious problem a first step should always be to consult a healthprofessional. For personal information, there is a vast amount of self-help material availableat the library, bookstore, and online. This might not be cool to some, but if there is any kindof stigma attached to reading self-help books, don't tell the millions of people who readthem. We are not alone. One of the most common threads in these books seems to be theenormous effect that our attitude has on our mental and physical well being.
 
Some Things To Think About
Today
will soon be gone forever. Are we are putting off our enjoyment until we have moretime, or money, or some other improved condition? The trouble with that is that it mightnever happen, or it may be too long in coming. It is so important to accept this time, thisvery minute, as something of tremendous value.
"You are only sure of today; do not let yourself be cheated of it." 
 
Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1878) 
 
Happiness
is inside us, in our thoughts. It is not external material things or experiences, butthe enjoyment of what we are thinking. This is good because our thoughts, and thereforeour happiness, are up to us.
 
"Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you." - Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) 
 
A lack of
self-esteem
can hold back our progress, put us under extreme stress, and make usfeel generally bad about life. It may have been building inside us for many years with the aidof bad thinking, but bad thinking can be replaced with good thinking. Just be yourself! We
 
should accept that we are just human beings and forget trying to be perfect in the eyes ofothers. There is plenty of room here for us who are not superstars.
"The finest lives, in my opinion, are those who rank in the common model, and with the human race, but without miracle, without extravagance." - Michel de Montaigne (1553-1592) 
Stress
can be debilitating. To improve upon a stressful way of life we can reassess ourvalues and routines. If possible, we can eliminate some of those things which are notnecessary to a contented life, and we can slow down. We can often visualize our way out oftension by picturing ourselves in a very calm, peaceful, serene setting, in complete, easycontrol. Picture it vividly and hold on to it.
"This strange disease of modern life with its brisk hurry and divided aims." - Matthew Arnold (1822-1888) 
 
Worrying about the past
is a waste of time since there is nothing you can do to change it.Consider it a learning experience. Review what has happened enough to draw conclusionsabout what to do, and what not to do, in the future. Then forget it.
"Things without remedy should be without regard; what is done is done." 
 
William Shakespeare (1564-1616) 
 
Worrying about the future
can waste large portions of one's life, considering that so oftenit is for nothing, and almost certainly does no good.
"The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly." Buddha (BC) 
 
Anger
may seem justified when we have been hurt, and often it is. However, let's review thesituation and consider the facts and effects. Who is being harmed by our anger andretaliation? If we cause ourselves more harm than those on which we try to get even, whatis the sense? Besides not wanting to hurt ourselves, there is also another point of view,expressed by this wise man.
 
"It's hard to have one's watch stolen, but one reflects that the thief of the watch became a thief from causes of heredity and environment which are as interesting as they are scientifically comprehensible; and one buys another watch, if not with joy, at any rate with a philosophy that makes bitterness impossible." - Arnold Bennett (1867-1931) 
 
Problems
:
Get all the facts.
 
Describe the problem in detail.
List all the possible solutions.
 
List the advantages and disadvantages of each.
 
Detail what you will do.
 
Follow through.
 
"Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body. - Lucius Seneca (3-65) 
 
Despair
is a sickening feeling, yet it may seem very appropriate. You should know thatothers have been there and have suffered similar or worse experiences. They have survived,and so will you. To counteract the feeling of hopelessness, list those assets which you dohave. Perhaps some of these: family, youth, friends, health, job, home, nature, pets, garden,music, faith, books . .
"When all else is lost the future still remains." - Christian Bovee (1820-1904) 
 
Relaxation
tips: Create a detailed peaceful retreat in your imagination, and at differenttimes during the day, go there to calm your feelings. Picture it in vivid detail. Perhaps acomfortable room with soft music. A quiet place in the woods. A placid fishing lake. Abeautiful garden with flowers, trees, birds, water falls. Perhaps such a place already exists.While you are there, let go of everything except where you are.
"A quiet mind cureth all." - Robert Burns (1759-1796) 
 
Guilt
is an awful, sickening feeling, inviting worry and depression. We should think aboutwhat we have done, but just long enough to realize what we did. Make amends if possible,and determine future actions. Avoid experiences that result in guilt by not judging, blaming,or bringing down other people. Try to find their good points, and try to avoid anger. Don'tblame yourself either. Accept that you make mistakes but don't hold a grudge against yourself. One of the best ways to recover from despair, guilt, or sorrow, is to keep busy.
"We ought not to look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dear-brought experience." - George Washington (1732-1779) 
 

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