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Kindness and Joy: Searching for the Missing Link

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When watching television or movies today, and even when listening to contemporary music, the same question repeats itself in my mind: Whatever happened to kindness? Our politicians are hateful to each other, as are those whose job it is to report on them. Sitcom housewives belittle their husbands as a way to “entertain” us, while movie “comedies” do nothing but make fun of others, often at the expense of those who are less fortunate. The music world is filed with hateful, racial attacks, and even their awards show is being hailed for “finally” coming up with a high-value category with…

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Keeping a Journal: Why You Should Record Your Ride Through Life

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One of the more frustrating aspects of parenthood is the realization that your kids are usually resistant to learning from your life experiences. No matter how many times you may say to them, “Been there. Done that. Here’s what I learned,” they continue to think you could never understand what they’re experiencing and feeling. Keeping a journal can help with this. Then again, we have all been guilty of ignoring our own lessons learned, haven’t we? I’m sure that, like me, you’ve thought to yourself, “When will I learn NOT to do that, again?” Or, “When will I learn NOT…

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Imagination and Joy – Imagine It Until You Live It!

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“Reality can be beaten with enough imagination.” – Mark Twain Imagine… Being productive at a job you love. Are you able to visualize that job? Can you conceive of what it might be? Does it help others to live a better life? Will it provide for you and your family? Would you continue to enjoy it, year after year? Imagine… Loving your perfect mate. Can you define the values that you share with your partner? Does being there for another, in good times and bad, feel right to you? Would you be able to love him or her, year after…

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Health and Wellness – Be Joyful in Your Body

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Living in pain should not be the default state for you and your body, though many seem to believe that’s the case – especially as we age. I’m here to tell you though, and this is based on personal experience, that does NOT have to be true for you. When you focus on health and wellness for yourself, it really is possible to be joyful in your body. Our bodies are a gift to enjoy, to move in, to grow in, to strengthen, to love, and to protect. Not to feel trapped in or burdened by. If you don’t take…

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Gratitude and Thankfulness – The Formula for Happiness

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“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses.” – Alphonse Karr Much like forgiveness, gratitude can be a tricky beast to corral. And yet, all the great thinkers and writers extol the power of gratitude and thankfulness for leading a better, more joyful life. In my mind, it’s very simple… That to which you give energy, grows. So, do you want to grow lack or abundance in your life? In other words, gratitude attracts abundance (just as abundance should lead to gratitude). Whether you’re grateful for the wonderful people in your life or the…

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Choose Forgiveness Over Resentment and Anger

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People can hurt each other in many ways; from the trivial to the significant, from the annoying to the terrible, from the irritating to the life-changing. Regardless of the nature of the hurt, and the level of pain it causes, feeling anger and resentment tend to extend the life of that pain. When you choose forgiveness, you begin to end that pain. Consider this… Whatever happened, happened just as it did happen and, although you can’t change what happened, you can choose how you will happen to it. How you choose to happen to something also involves how you think…

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Education and Learning – Which Came First, the Chicken or the Egg?

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This chapter might as easily have been named “Learning,” for it’s the idea of education and learning that should never end which has value – if you hope to live a truly joyful life. In fact, life itself is a grad school of invaluable proportion, with daily lessons to appreciate and contemplate. As I explain in my book, The ABCs of Joyful Living, you are getting a great education every day, simply by living. Life itself is one of the greatest teachers. All the books we read, classes we attend, professors we listen to, documentaries we watch, and various degrees…

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Dance to the Song of Life

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Does the title of this piece seem trite or silly to you? Does it seem like an unoriginal platitude that has little real value? Does it seem prosaic to tell you to “Dance to the song of life”? Consider the alternative. In many ways, we are all so lucky to be alive, much less with the choice to dance or not. After all, it wasn’t so long ago that the average life span was just 30 years. Of that 30 years, half were spent in back breaking labor that lead to early death. I have the feeling that not too…

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Curiosity Killed the Cat, But George Found Joy

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For me, curiosity and joy are intimately and inextricably connected. In a way, joy is not fully possible for anyone who lives an uncurious life. After all, if everything you see, feel, and do is exactly as expected, the joy of discovery is lost. On the other hand, if every experience and encounter with others has the potential of discovering something new in it, imagine how delightful daily life could be. In my book, The ABCs of Joyful Living, the chapter on Curiosity begins with memories of reading the Curious George books. If you’ve read them, you remember how George…

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Breathe to Live & Live to Breathe – An Exercise in Joyful Living

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The phrase “Breathe to live” is so obvious that it may seem ridiculous to even mention it here. Yet, since it is an autonomic function, meaning our bodies perform it involuntarily, I’ve found that few people are conscious of the sheer power to find peace and joy in breathing. You see, we not only breathe to live but we live because we breathe. Breathing is the very first thing we do when we enter this life, and the very last thing we do when we leave it. Breathing is essential to life and, since we were created to live a…

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