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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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Conscious Awareness – Being Mindful of Every Moment in Each Day

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“Awareness leads to your highest self; ego leads to your earthbound self. When you let the Divine grow within you, awareness will be what you bring to all aspects of your life.” – Wayne Dyer Conscious awareness of the world, as well as your place and purpose in it, is the first step to opening yourself to experiencing more joy in your life. Do you pay attention to your life? Are you mindful of each moment in every day? Do you live in awareness of who you are, why you are, and where you are? If you are aware of…

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Rediscover Joy – One Step at a Time, One Day at a Time

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In my book, The ABCs of Joyful Living, it is my pleasure to literally lead you along a path to rediscover joy, from A to Z; Awareness to Zest. Now, in a series of blog posts, I’ll be sharing many of the insights that I offered in my book, in the hope that you too will discover a few of the secrets that I’ve learned about keeping joy in my life daily. If these posts also lead you to buy my book, that will also add to my joy! Before we move into the alphabetized list of tips, I’d like…

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Apocalypse Now: How to Prepare for the End without any Fear

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The Apocalypse? That’s not a very loving and joyful thing for a Joyologist to write about, you may be saying. Well just because I’m all about love and joy doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy a good story. I like the TV shows, Movies and books about the terrible impending end of the world just like any one else. Whether it be Zombies of the Walking Dead, a terrible virus, Aliens from another planet, a bloody war between nations, atomic bombs, solar flares, earthquakes, floods, fires or any other type of disaster that will destroy the earth as we know it….

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The Perfect Valentine

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Is there really such a thing as the perfect valentine? Maybe it’s finding that perfect card that says exactly what is in your heart? Or it could be a beautiful box of chocolates or a dozen red roses? Maybe it’s a surprise date where everything is set up and ordered and delivered in total perfection and blissful love? Or it’s cuddling up with and being intimate with a special someone? Well what about those who don’t have a special someone? What about those who dread this holiday that was truly made just to find the perfect card, the perfect gift,…

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The Easiest and Best Way to Achieve All Your New Years Resolutions

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So here’s how my 2016-2017 New Year’s went. The clock was ticking and we were trying to make it back to our hotel room in time to celebrate the big change. Nice hot pizza boxes in hand. We only had a few minutes til midnight. The elevator was climbing approaching our floor and then it stopped but the doors refused to open. We found ourselves stuck in the elevator between floors. Oh great! This isn’t how New Year’s Eve was supposed to go. Fortunately we were able to push another floor button sending the elevator there and then somehow it…

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The True Spirit of Giving

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GIVING is the true spirit of Christmas that we all believe in. Following the wise and old adage of “It is better to give than to receive” becomes the common theme and spirit of the Holiday season. And giving truly is a great thing. I simply want to add another part to give more understanding to and living in the true spirit of giving. And that is: RECEIVING I remember when my oldest son was younger. I was trying to teach him the importance of that statement. As we talked about all the things on his Christmas list that he…

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The 12 Best Christmas Gifts to Give

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Every year it seems we caught in a struggle of what are the best Christmas gifts to give. The lists get longer, the prices higher, and the stress and expectations more severe and demanding. Whether these struggles are real or imagined, created by ourselves or society…we all still like to participate and have JOY in the Holiday Season…no one likes to be a Grinch! So to help ease your struggle a bit, I’ve created a list of the best gifts that you can give. These gifts will meet everyone’s needs, especially your own, in making it possible to experience a…

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