Tuesday, February 17, 2009

What about happiness?

I receive these great little encouragements and teachings in my inbox each morning. I signed up for a free membership at SparkPeople, which offers all kinds of health, exercise, and diet information. You can sign up for many different areas of interests and tailor your membership to your personal needs.

I'm always looking for good ways to change favorite recipes, simple exercises I can do without going to the gym, and encouragement. Give SparkPeople a try and encourage yourself, too.

Understanding happiness ~ Happiness is a state of mind, not a way of life or a destination that you'll reach one day. Bumps in the road of life are to be expected, and we cannot let them ruin our days. We often think that if a combination of factors would just fall into place THEN we would finally be happy. Satisfaction can only come from within, through truly accepting yourself, your life, and your circumstances. During this life you'll have many hard days--long work days, sleepless nights, worrying about the future, etc. This week, think about the joys of your life. Find creative ways to enjoy the little bumps in the road.

A great obstacle to happiness is expecting too much happiness. ~ Bernard de Fontanelle, French writer

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One of the things I am learning is to just enjoy each day, the parts of it that I can truly savor, and not to seek "happiness." Sometimes happiness is a cuppa hot java in the early morning before the day kicks into high gear. Sometimes, for me, it's a warm fire crackling in our Franklin stove, a lap robe, and some good music on the stereo.

What are the things you build into your day to create serenity and happiness? I'd love to hear your thoughts and ideas.

Blessings!

Joan

Caregiver at Home

www.CaregiverEncouragement.com

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