HOW TO BE HAPPY WAITING IN LINE

WAITING IN LINE CAN BE AS TORTUOUS AS SEEING ME TRYING TO STAND ON MY HEAD.Objects shaped like toothbrushes in a myriad of colors lined up according to height and smiling.HERE ARE 20 WAYS TO PASS THE TIME WHILE WAITING IN LINE:

  1.  Pretend you are waiting in line to collect your million dollars for winning the lottery.
  2. Ask the person in front of you if they want a free ticket to Jupiter.
  3. Talk to yourself out loud.  Say things like, “I hope the ice cream in my shoes doesn’t melt.”  Or steal Barbara Walter’s line to start a conversation, “My, don’t the walls seem perpendicular?”
  4. Recite nursery rhymes like Humpty Dumpty or Jack and Jill.
  5. Ask the person in front of you if they have a good recipe for goldfish fricasee.
  6. Then ask the person behind you what the words are to a song that you hum.
  7. Yell “Price check in aisle 45!”
  8. Look into the person’s cart ahead of you and ask, “Did you leave any for the rest of us?”
  9. Say to the person next to you, “I hope my cabbage is fresh.”
  10. Say to the person ahead of you, “Can I go in front of you?  I’m getting nauseous.”
  11. Say to the entire line, “Watch me juggle these eggs.”
  12. Lead the whole line in beat boxing.
  13. Make origami rabbits out of the National Enquirer.
  14. Tap dance in place.
  15. Practice making faces.  Ask everybody in line which face you made is the best.
  16. Get everyone in line to play “One potato; two potato…”
  17. Have everyone is line guess who weighs the most.
  18. Lead everyone in line in singing, “One Hundred Bottles of Beer on the Wall.”  See if you can have them sing it in a round.
  19. Wonder out loud, “Oh, no!  I wonder where my pet tarantula went?”
  20. Ask no one in particular, “Where can I get bagpipe lessons?”

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BEAT YOUR BOREDOM NOW

Ver BoredEVER HAVE ONE OF THOSE DAYS WHERE YOU NEED TO BEAT BOREDOM?  

Boredom has struck this lion big time with its huge yawn.  Don’t let boredom become an epic problem in your life.  It sets you up to be unhappy.  Here is a list of things to do when you’re bored:

  1.  Teach a goldfish how to do a backward triple flip.
  2. Make pancakes shaped like cats.
  3. Twiddle your toes.
  4. Post a lie on Facebook.
  5. Instead of a garage sale, have a closet sale.
  6. Count the number of blades of grass in your yard.
  7. Teach your dog how to skip.
  8. Climb a tree and then call out, “Help!  Help!
  9. Buy a scratch off lottery ticket and then run around the store yelling, “I won! I won!  Then exit.
  10. Crochet a bucket.
  11. Get a thick book from the library and count how many of the letter “s” there are.
  12. Get a state fishing license just for the heck of it.
  13. Start a worm farm.
  14. Assemble a tractor for an ant farm.
  15. Ride a bus with a whipped cream pie and then smash it into your own face.
  16. Herd cats.
  17. Watch CNN for twenty-four hours straight.
  18. Write an article about boredom.
  19. Order something from a catalog.
  20. Fill out one of those cards that falls out of a magazine to order merchandise:  not for you, but for your boss.
  21. Blow up one hundred balloons and put them all in a friend’s car.
  22. Try to whistle after blowing up all of those balloons.
  23. Go to a restaurant by yourself and tell the waitress that you want separate checks.
  24. Tell an Uber driver that you want to be driven to Colombia.
  25. Squirt an entire can of whipped cream into your mouth while waiting in line at the movies.
  26. Make a tiny leash and collar.  Take your gerbil for a walk.

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USING A PASSWORD TO HELP YOU

USING A PASSWORD CAN HELP YOU IN A WAY YOU NEVER CONSIDERED  Today I was reading why people get angry.  Password ProtectionThe theory is that angry people have self-hatred.  This self-hatred stems from ugly minded people who gave negative messages and treated the one with self-hatred in the most despicable way.  So what does a computer password have to do with the price of coffee at Starbucks?

A password reflects something about you for the most part.  I’m guessing at this part because our codes to enter computer land are well guarded secrets.  My theory is that they are part of your identity.

Granted, there are some exceptions where some people just use the word PASSWORD or such.  That is revealing in itself.  It may indicate a lack of creativity.

So how can using a password help you?

Use a one that gives you a boost.  Here are a few to consider:

IAMOK

IAMBRILLIANT
IAMKIND

BESTDAYEVER
GOODMORNING
HAVEAGREATDAY
SPLENDID

IAMAWESOME

Ifeelgreat

Lifeiswonderful

Abeautifulday

Iamconfdent

Iamselfassured

Fearnot

Peace

Icandothis

Iamblessed

wonderfulworld

Think of some of your own.  These are really affirmations twenty-first Century style.  It is a way to train your brain to be positive.  Starting the day at your computer this way can give you a boost.

Affirmations will improve your self-esteem.  Why not use your computer this way for self-improvement?

You program yourself this way.  You improve your attitude.  This practice will pay off in feeling uplifted and more positive.

It is such a simple thing, but has a major impact on how you think about yourself.  This is one technique to rid yourself of self-hatred and anger.

You will make the world a better place with this increased positive energy.

You actually change your brain’s structure if you practice these computer affirmations.

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THE DARTH VADER OF HAPPINESS

ANGRY ANNIETHE DARTH VADER OF HAPPINESS IS A DESTRUCTIVE FORCE.

The Darth Vader of Happiness tries to destroy happiness.  What is this negative force? Many people struggle with it and others are the targets of this blunt force.

We are talking about the feeling of anger.  It is hostility that is so negative.

In many families where a parent or parents are alcoholic, it is not unusual for the alcoholic to go into rages.  Children in this situation grow up and engage in rages because of having poor models about expressing anger constructively.

Other adults have anger problems due to other factors.  They may have been bullied as kids.

Many adults have so many hurts and frustration locked inside.  There may be a sense of helplessness.  The anger may be buried so deep that results in depression.

If you are a target of physical, verbal, or emotional abuse, get out of the situation.  Do this by finding a therapist who will help you with a plan to keep you safe.

Therapy is an excellent option in dealing with “The Darth Vader of Happiness.”  If you need anger management, therapy can really help.  You learn what triggers your anger.  You learn how to constructively deal with your anger.

Learning relaxation techniques can be helpful.  Delving into the cause of your anger might be one therapeutic technique.  Increasing how much exercise you get will help.

Learning how to manage your anger will increase your confidence and boost your self-esteem.  Your loved ones will have to learn not to walk on egg shells around you anymore.

A good therapist will guide you through all of this.  You will feel loads better.

A key to happiness is getting rid of your explosiveness.  Get rid of that nuisance baggage.

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GIVING BY PLAYING GAMES

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GIVING BY PLAYING GAMES?

 

Donate with giving by playing games.  This is a win-win situation.  It is legitimate and you can help many causes.  Sometimes you may question where the money you donate online really goes. 

 

The beauty of donating to the charities described below is that you don’t have to use your hard earned money.

 

One of my favorite charities is freekibble.  Everyday this site has two trivia questions: one about dogs and one about cats.  When you answer each question, 10 free pieces of kibble is given to shelters.  It doesn’t matter whether you are right or wrong.

Freekibble  has donated over seventeen million nutritious meals to hungry cats and dogs.

There is also a place on this site to click and Voila!   You have just donated kitty litter to a shelter.

Freekibble has donated close to three million pounds of kitty litter to shelters.

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Another fun site where you are giving by playing games is http://freerice.com

Freerice is a vocabulary game.  A word is given and then you have 4 choices of definitions to pick.  If you are right, you have donated so many pieces of rice to fight hunger.  You can donate bowls and bowls of rice this way.

Giving this way does not cost you a cent.  Please check out these sites and do your part.

Doing this from the bottom of your heart enhances your happiness level.  This is an easy way to spread good.

Maybe you have heard of http://kiva.com  You have control of where your money will do the most good.

Even though this isn’t a “free” way to donate, your donation keeps on giving.  Your donation is a loan to people in various parts of the world.  It is used to fund a small business owner, or agriculture or others with specific needs.

These lendees pay you back.  Then your money funds someone else.  Your loan keeps on helping numerous people.

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GIVE A LITTLE RESPECT HERE

GIVE SOME RESPECT AND SEE THE DIFFERENCE YOU MAKE

People are hungry for others to give some respect to them.  It isn’t that big of a deal, but it is a big deal to someone who is given respect.

We honor each other’s specialness when we recognize the good in them and then, very importantly, point it out to them.  A sincere compliment accomplishes this.  Remembering  a birthday is another way to honor a person’s value.

Yesterday I received a post card from a friend who was vacationing in the Canadian Rockies.  It meant a lot to me that she took the time, effort, and thoughtfulness to send it to me.  It was a happy moment when I pulled it out of my mail box.

Thank you notes go a long way to show others you that you care about them..  I hope they don’t become extinct.

My mother sends me comic strips and coupons.  That is so meaningful to me.

Another friend of mine gives me books that she has read that she thinks I will like.  Respect is all about thinking of another person before yourself.

The astronaut is saluting the American flag in the above photo as a profound gesture that he thinks highly of our country.  There is an element of gratitude that is encompassed within honoring what or who is important.

We are talking about an unique facet of kindness.  There is a parenting technique called “catching your kid doing something good.”  We need to catch ourselves doing good.  We need to notice when others are being good to us.  Recognize the good in each other.

As my clients leave my office, I remind them, “Be kind to yourself.”  If we don’t treat ourselves kindly, we are less likely to be able to be kind to someone else.

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MINIATURE GOLF LEADS TO HAPPINESS

THERE IS MORE TO MINIATURE GOLF THAN MEETS THE EYE.

In a way miniature golf leads to the path of happiness.  It may not be your cup of “tee,” but hear me out.  To digress I wonder how many Americans have never played miniature golf in their life?  It needs to be on everyone’s bucket list.

Why?  First of all it is fun.  Most courses are outdoors and give you a productive way to get some fresh air.

You also give your hand and eye coordination a work out.  Focus is an integral part of the game too.

Then there are obstacles galore that you have to overcome like water, sand traps, rocks strategically placed to get in your way.  There is a wonderful miniature golf course called Evie’s in Sarasota, Florida. On one hole you must hit your ball into a rushing stream that carries your ball and delivers it right on the green.

Just like life and this stream you are not always in control of the outcome.  All we can do is hope for the best and accept whatever happens.

These twists in life make it interesting.  To accept that life pops up with surprises adds to your happiness.

Having fun (not necessarily at mini golf) is important to incorporate into your life to be happy.

Just sinking a ball for a hole in one is a bonus point for being joyful.

Jokes are a source of joy and fun for me.  Ready for a golf joke? Time for humor and happiness…

This joke is from Derick A. Pindroh:

A man was about ready to swing and hit the ball when an announcement came over the loud-speaker: “Will the man on hole number three please not hit from the Ladies’ tee box.”

The golfer is a bit distracted so he backs away, and then approaches his ball again. The loud-speaker gives the same announcement as before:: “Will the man on hole number three please not hit from the Ladies’ tee box.”

The golfer  is irritated. He  backs away from his shot.  Once more he  approaches his ball again. This time the announcement came on and announced, “We really need the man on hole number three to move off of the Ladies’ tee box!”

Finally the golfer turns around and yells: “And I really need you to shut up and let me play my second shot!”

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HAPPINESS IS A WORK IN PROGRESS

HAPPINESS IS A WORK IN PROGRESS, BUT IT ISN’T THAT MUCH WORK.

Happiness is acquired and required for you to lead a happy life.  It is a conscious decision not to be miserable.  Monitor your thoughts and what you say for a day.  Are you complaining about how miserable things are going for you?  That is the “Negative Nelly” syndrome.

Do you find fault with others?  Do you play the victim role where you think that others are treating you like pond scum?  Do you take things personally? Do you have a chip on your shoulder?  Are you a consummate griper?  Do you dwell on how life is unfair?

If you approach life with the mindset described above, you will be unhappier than you know. You deserve to feel more happiness than this.

Eradicate your negative thinking.  Tell yourself to “STOP” and visualize a big red STOP sign whenever you are having those nasty thoughts.  You are intelligent.  It isn’t that hard.  You can take action against how you rob yourself of happiness.  That is why happiness is a work in progress.

Start to do what I call “brainwashing.”  Think of positive thoughts and sayings to cheer yourself on during the day.

Be aware of what you are grateful for in your life.  This focus shifts your brain into a positive mode..

Give, give, give.  Unselfishness will seize your day with happiness.

Turn yourself around by practicing the techniques just described.

Especially be kind to yourself.  As Oprah Winfrey said, “We teach others how to treat us.”

If you blame your misery on others, you need to point that finger back to you.  Once you start being happy, you will have a much better quality of life.  There’s nothing else like that.

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30 CONVERSATION STARTERS

ARE YOU EVER AT A LOSS OF WORDS AND DESPERATELY IN NEED OF CONVERSATION STARTERS?

This blog post can help you out with conversation starters.  Try them and see what happens…

  1.  Has  anyone ever told you that you look like a rhinoceros?
  2. I’ve heard you are a chronic liar.
  3. You don’t look a day over eighty.
  4. Do you think you were a clown in your past life?
  5. What do dog biscuits taste like?
  6. I heard you are related to Jack the Ripper.
  7. Do you still believe in Santa Claus?
  8. What is your secret to being so boring?
  9. My favorite food is cabbage..
  10. Which Kardashian is most like you?
  11. Do you know what I like least about you?
  12. How many times have you failed a lie detector test?
  13. Would you like to see my mole that looks like the Mona Lisa?
  14. How would like to hold my pet skunk? She is right here in my pocket.
  15. Are you pregnant or just bloated?
  16. Can you imitate a squirrel?
  17. I hear you have a great recipe for sardines in a slow cooker.
  18. How long have you been tone deaf?
  19. Is it true that your favorite singers are Donny and Marie Osmond?
  20. How do you like living in your car?
  21. I heard that you thought Mississippi was a type of smoothie.
  22. Did you really crochet a toilet paper container?
  23. Can I see you imitate Sponge Bob Square Pants?
  24. Can I see the carving of the Statue of Liberty that you made out of cauliflower?
  25. Was that you or a Whoopie cushion?
  26. Someone told me that Bart Simpson is your role model.
  27. I hear you use avocados to finger paint.
  28. How much weight have you gained?
  29. I see you chew your fingernails.  Taste good?
  30. How much radioactivity have you been exposed to in your life?

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