Thursday, May 31, 2012

Sometimes You Have a Bad Day

         Sometimes you have a bad day and sometimes you have a really bad day. I think my day yesterday fell into the second category. Fortunately, I've learned that a bad day or even a bad week doesn't last forever, even if it feels like it might. 
         Tomorrow we will be back to our regularly scheduled programming. Today I'm proverbially licking my wounds and watching Youtube videos of animals. 

These are some of my favs:

Hamster playing dead (amazing)

Cat caught barking (oldie but goodie)
Jack Russell climbing a tree

This dog is better at math than I am

Hope these make you smile.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

"How to be Happy" according to Google

          So I thought that today I would google "How to be Happy and click on the first unsponsored link. Not surprisingly it was Wiki How- an online forum where regular folks, like you and me, can post and edit articles and videos on how to do various things. They had 9 steps to becoming happier and after I read through it, I thought that I'd highlight one of their recommended steps each post.
          The first step listed was unsurprisingly, "Be Optimistic." They refer to a principle known as the Hedonic Adaptation also known as the Hedonic Treadmill which claims that that no matter what happens in life, good or bad, after a certain amount of time, a person will return back to their relatively stable and personal level of happiness.
          This got me thinking about how often I look forward to certain events and think that I will be SO much happier and fulfilled when "this" or "that" happens. I would never say that I'm not happy now, but I wonder if I look forward too much, placing too much emphasis on what can be and not enough on what is.
          It isn't mentioned but I think that being grateful for what we have can raise our overall level of general happiness. Great things will happen sometimes and so will terrible things, but I think the key is that if we are happy now in the moment, then when those things come, our world isn't completely rocked. Now, I'm not trying to say that we won't experience moments or even periods of extreme elation or seemingly deep and unrelenting sadness. Those times will come. It's part of being human. What I am saying is that when we return to our personal Zen after those moments, we will be more happy and more content.
          The whole glass-half-full/glass-half-empty usually comes to mind when I think about optimism. While it would be wonderful to be able to think of the glass being half full all the time, sometimes, I think that it's alright to just be grateful that it has anything in it at all. I mean, if you're really thirsty, does it matter?

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Take What You Need

Today is my Monday, my start of the REAL week since yesterday was a holiday and I basically just did whatever we wanted. Today its been hard to get going. Really hard. I'm already dressed and ready for the gym but doing everything possible to avoid working out, hence me sitting here writing a blog post. I ran across this great tumblr today while perusing the internet and smiled. If only it were that easy...

Strangely, I've been thinking about which strip I would take if I could only choose one and to be honest, I can't really decide. Love is the go-to answer but peace is so overwhelming and fulfilling. Which would you choose?

Monday, May 28, 2012

Happy Memorial Day! 
My grandfather, who has since passed was a WWII vet and although we have Veteran's day in September, I always think about him and his sacrifice along with so many others. It's no secret that many of our service men and women come home and have a hard time adjusting to life back in the states. Here is a sweet article about how dogs help our wounded warriors when they have fitted with prosthetics. It's a great 5 min video and a short article worth reading. 

I hope you have a great Monday off of work and don't forget to remember our fallen heros and maybe even hug a canine friend.

Sunday, May 27, 2012


I've thought and thought and thought about what kind of blog I want, what kind of information I want to spread out there in the vast internet expanse. I may have even started a couple of blogs on various topics before but there was always something missing. I want to use this blog as a way of just spreading a little sunshine and little happiness in a world where things aren't always sunny. I'm promising myself and hopefully anyone reading that I will honestly try to put something up daily- I honestly believe its more for me than anything else. 
      So with Memorial Day tomorrow my first quote is one familiar to many:
We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
-Thomas Jefferson