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Make Me Laugh Monday - Men's Brains Important?

The first testicular guard, the "cup," was used in Hockey in 1874.  The first helmet was used in Hockey in 1974.  That means it took 100 years for men to realize that their brain is also important.

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Habits of Happy People

Happiness is one aspiration all people share. No one wants to be sad and depressed.

We’ve all seen people who are always happy – even amidst agonizing life trials. I’m not saying happy people don’t feel grief, sorrow, or sadness; they just don’t let it overtake their life. Here are 21 habits of happy people:

1. Appreciate Life

Be thankful that you woke up alive each morning. Develop a childlike sense of wonder towards life. Focus on the beauty of every living thing. Make the most of each day. Don’t take anything for granted. Don’t sweat the small stuff.

2. Choose Friends Wisely

Surround yourself with happy, positive people who share your values and goals. Friends that have the same ethics as you will encourage you to achieve your dreams. They help you to feel good about yourself. They are there to lend a helping hand when needed.

3. Be Considerate

Accept others for who they are as well as where they are in life. Respect them for who they are. Touch them with a kind and generous spirit. Help when you are able and without trying to change the other person. Try to brighten the day of everyone you come into contact with.

4. Learn Continuously

Keep up to date with the latest news regarding your career and hobbies. Try new and daring things that has sparked your interest – such as dancing, skiing, or surfing,

5. Creative Problem Solving

Don’t wallow in self-pity. As soon as you face a challenge get busy finding a solution. Don’t let the setbacks affect your mood, instead see each new obstacle you face as an opportunity to make a positive change. Learn to trust your gut instincts, it is almost always right.

6. Do What They Love

Some statistics show that 80% of people dislike their jobs! No wonder there’s so many unhappy people running around. We spend a great deal of our life working. Choose a career that you enjoy – the extra money of a job you detest isn’t worth it. Make time to enjoy your hobbies and pursue special interests.

7. Enjoy Life

Take the time to see the beauty around you. There’s more to life than work. Take time to smell the roses, watch a sunset or sunrise with a loved one, take a walk along the seashore, hike in the woods, etc. Learn to live in the present moment and cherish it. Don’t live in the past or the future.

8. Laugh

Don’t take yourself or life t0o seriously. You can find humor in just about any situation. Laugh at yourself cause no one’s perfect. When appropriate laugh and make light of the circumstances. (Naturally, there are times that you should be serious and it would be imappropriate to laugh.)

9. Forgive

Holding a grudge will hurt no one but you. Forgive others for your own peace of mind. When you make a mistake – own up to it – learn from it – and FORGIVE yourself.

10. Gratitude

Develop an attitude of gratitude. Count your blessings; all of them – even the things that seem trivial. Be grateful for your home, your work, and most importantly your family and friends. Take the time to tell them that you are happy they are in your life.

11. Invest in Relationships

Always make sure your loved ones know you love them even in times of conflict. Nurture and grow your relationships with your family and friends by making the time to spend with them. Don’t break your promises to them. Be supportive.

12. Keep Their Word

Honesty is the best policy. Every action and decision you make should be based on honesty. Be honest with yourself and with your loved ones.

13. Meditate

Meditation gives your very active brain a rest. When it’s rested you will have more energy and function at a higher level. Types of meditation include yoga, hypnosis, relaxation tapes, affirmations, visualization, or just sitting in complete silence. Find something you enjoy and make the time to practice it daily.

14. Mind Their Own Business

Concentrate on creating your life the way you want it. Take care of you and your family. Don’t get overly concerned with what other people are doing or saying. Don’t get caught up with gossip or name calling. Don’t judge. Everyone has a right to live their own life the way they want to including you.

15. Optimism

See the glass as half full. Find the positive side of any given situation. It’s there – even though it may be hard to find. Know that everything happens for a reason, even though you may never know what the reason is. Steer clear of negative thoughts. If a negative thought creeps in, replace it with a positive thought.

16. Love Unconditionally

Accept others for who they are. There should not be limitations on your love. Even though you may not always like the actions of your loved ones – you continue to love them.

17. Persistence

Never give up. Face each new challenge with the attitude that it will bring you one step closer to your goal. You will never fail, as long as you never give up. Focus on what you want, learn the required skills, make a plan to succeed, and take action. We are always happiest while pursuing something of value to us.

18. Be Proactive

Accept what can not be changed. Happy people don’t waste energy on circumstances beyond their control. Accept your limitations as a human being. Determine how you can take control by creating the outcome you desire rather than waiting to respond.

19. Self Care

Take care of your mind, body, and health. Get regular medical check ups. Eat healthy and work out. Get plenty of rest. Drink lots of water. Exercise your mind by continually energizing it with interesting and exciting challenges.

20. Self Confidence

Don’t try to be someone that you’re not. After all, no one likes a phony. Determine who you are in the inside. Be confident in who you are. Do the best you can and don’t second guess yourself.

21. Take Responsibility

Happy people know and understand that they are 100% responsible for their life. They take responsibility for their moods, attitude, thoughts, feelings, actions, and words. They are the first to admit when they’ve made a mistake.

Begin today by taking responsibility for your happiness. Work on developing these habits as your own. The more you incorporate the above habits into your daily lifestyle, the happier you will be.


Thought of the Day - 2/24/13

Life's problems wouldn't be called hurdles if there wasn't a way to get over them. 

Thought of the Day - 2/23/13

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. 
~~ T.S. Eliot ~~

Thought of the Day - 2/21/13

One half of knowing what you want is knowing what you must give up before you get it.  ~~Sidney Ho ward ~~

Thought of the Day - 2/20/13

Goals are dreams with deadlines. 
~~ Diana Scharf Hunt ~~

Thought of the Day - 2/18/13

Make an effort today -- to talk to that person who no one else will talk to, to solve that problem that has been plaguing you for so long, to fix that household repair item once and for all, etc.  Trying will take you a long way today... perhaps even all the way to success. So even if your heart isn't one hundred percent in it, you should give it a go today.

If you always shy away from things that make you uncomfortable or intimidate you, you will never go as far as you could.

Thought of the Day - 2/17/13

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. 
~~Henry Ford ~~

Thought of the Day - 2/16/13

Be the change that you wish to see in the world.
~~ Mahatma Gandhi ~~

Thought of the Day - 2/15/13

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.
~~ Oscar Wilde ~~

Thought of the Day - 2/13/13

I’m scared of walking out of this room and never feeling the rest of my whole life the way I feel when I’m with you.
~~ From the movie Dirty Dancing ~~

Thought of the Day -2/12/13

Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.
~~  Aristotle ~~

Thought of the Day - 2/11/13

Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart, and the senses.
~~ Lao Tzu ~~

Thought of the Day - 2/10/13

You don't marry someone you can live with. You marry the person who you cannot live without.
~~ Author Unknown ~~

Thought of the Day - 2/9/13

Better to have lost and loved than never to have loved at all.
~~ Ernest Hemingway ~~

Thought of the Day - 2/8/13

Those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.
~~ Bernard Baruch ~~

Thought of the Day - 2/7/13

I'm selfish, impatient, and a little insecure. I make mistakes,I am out of control, and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best.
~~ Marilyn Monroe ~~

Thought of the Day - 2/6/13

Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.
~~ Dr. Seuss ~~

Thought of the Day - 2/4/13

Time isn't wasted if you enjoy the activity.

Thought of the Day - 2/3/13

Lyrics are like many lost people coming together to make a family.
~~ Cassandra Litz, age 11 ~~

Thought of the Day - 1/31/13

Sometimes, you can find the answer in the question.
~~ Cassandra Litz, age 11 ~~

Thought of the Day - 1/30/13

Ask.  The worst that can happen is "no."

Thought of the Day - 1/29/13

Abundance is a mindset.
~~ Dr. Lewis Jordan ~~

Thought of the Day - 1/25/13

Love is the flower you've got to let grow.

Thought of the Day - 1/23/13

Earth is God's mural and we are the paintbrushes.
~~ Cassandra Litz, age 11 ~~

Thought of the Day - 1/21/13

There are only two obstacles in life... When you act before thinking or when you think without acting.

Thought of the Day - 1/19/13

To prove you love someone, don't just say it; show it.
~~ Cassandra Litz, age 11 ~~

Thought of the Day - 1/18/13

Life is like cooking.  Let it sit too long and it burns into nothing.
~~ Cassandra Litz, age 11 ~~

Thought of the Day - 1/17/13

A riot is the language of the unheard.
~~ Martin Luther King, Jr. ~~

Thought of the Day - 1/16/13

There is flattery in friendship.
~~ William Shakespeare ~~

The Thought of the Day - 1/15/13

Did you know the people that are the strongest are usually the most sensitive? 

Did you know the people who exhibit the most kindness are the first to get mistreated? 

Did you know the people who takes care of others all the time are usually the ones who need it the most? 

Did you know the people that are the happiest are usually the ones who are in the most pain (physically &/or emotionally)?

Did you know the three hardest things to say are
I love you,
I'm sorry, and
Help me.

Thought of the Day - 1/14/13

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him.
Psalm 37:7

A New Year - A New Start

2012 was a very tough year for me and my family.  Between my health issues, my surgeries, my son's mental health problems, and lack of help and support, blogging took a second seat.  Honestly -- though blogging was often on my mind -- I was not able to, physically or emotionally, write the posts and articles needed to keep up with a busy blog.  Sadly, cause of my neglect I lost many most of my readers and blogging friends.

I hope to be up, active, and motivated to keep up with All Things Cherished (as well as my other blogs).

Since we have started a new year, I think it is a great time for a new start.

A New Start

A beginning. ~~ Cassandra, age 11.

Starting a new life or new part of life. ~~ Cameron, age 14.

This new day brings
Another year,
Renewing hope,
Dispelling care.
And may we find
Before the end,
A deep content...
Another friend.
~~ Arch Ward ~~

Dictionary Definition

Start of.
With a clean slate.
Start from scratch like nothing happened.

A New Start For Me

What does a new start mean for me?

My health issues are not overwhelming me, my spells are not taking over my life, my brain is not foggy or confused all day.

My lack of work and lack of a "regular" job doesn't influence my self worth.

My day is full of everyday things like laundry, cleaning, phone calls, computer work, etc. I'm also a Mom to my children . . . I can interact with them, help them with homework, collaborate on what's for dinner, play games with them after chores are done.  This may not seem like much to you, but when you have spells that rule the day and things happen around you that you are totally unaware of, this is a BIG bonus to making the day "normal.  Right now normal is a new thing for our family.

So, trying to find a normal routine and settling into better health options is a new start for me.

Thought of the Day - 1/13/13

We must teach our children to dream with their eyes open.
~~ Harry Edwards ~~

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