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If you are happy and you know it… you may live longer
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Thank you for this newsletter and I am already feeling better that I have another source for information to maintain the excellent physical and mental health I have experienced the past eighty nine years !
I have just read the above and it has certainly made me think, I am not a negative person. By. Nature and I think I will try a little harder to have a few more laughs and think more about keeping. Negative thoughts out of my mind each day. I really have much to be thankful for as I am 88 years young and have a great caring family, my daughter is so good to me you see presently I have a broken arm and she. Helps me dress,
Wash and all the necessary things needed each day so I must admit I am a very lucky lady.
Thank you for above article today
Patricia (Pat) Elliot
Very logical n beautiful indeed .
Don’t worry……. be happy 😉
An optimistic person is one who knows that the future is uncertain and does something to change it in his favour. Person who says “everithing will go well” is an incurabile pessimist because he will do nothing to influence his future.
Happiness and optimism are intertwined ; misery and negativism are equally intertwined ! So… why feel miserable when you can just as easily laugh and be mirthful ! Some would consider the basis for optimism sheer terror ! But.. our adventure is just beginning; it is not over yet ! Even lying in the gutter, you can gaze upwards and look at the stars and smile !! Remember the Swedish proverb: “Those who wish to sing always find a song!”.
Cheers. I raise my glass of Bordeaux for your happiness !! VENKAT WARREN. M.D.
“To be stupid, and selfish, and to have good health are the three requirements for happiness – though if stupidity is lacking, the others are useless.”
― Julian Barnes, Flaubert’s Parrot
The pursuit of happiness is overrated.
Smile, smile, smile. You smile & the world smiles with you is true & you prosper as well. Think “Life is Good,” because it really is. No my life hasn’t been easy – lost two children, had cancer, have lymphodema & can’t walk but am happy. I have good friends, family, & enjoy small things — the weather, air, my yard, knitting, reading, writing, tv, etc. You control your outlook. Make others happy, be funny & up & the world will respond. I feel lucky. Enjoy!
I have been practicing every step mentioned in this article. People ask me what makes me so happy and I tell them that happiness is a state of mind. Anyone can be happy. The key is to find something positive, no matter how minuscule, in any situation and hang on to that. Simple.
Great article, Thanks.
This is a must do for anyone looking to uplift their inner reflective attitudes & engage positive energy. Write out 5 things that you are absolutely thankful for. This list will take on a life of its own & will be forever changing. A note book is helpful.
Within a short period of time you’ll begin to recognize things you’re grateful for, however small throughout your day.
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