Authentic Happiness ~ Chapter 12 ~ Raising Children

As this chapter, Raising Children, states, it explores tips on how to raise a happy child.  Since I don’t have any children, I couldn’t relate to this chapter at all.  I would encourage those, though, that do have children to read it.

Note: This is a spiritual book club series on the book, Authentic Happiness by Martin Seligman, a professor the University of Pennsylvania in Psychology. He has also written Learned Optimisim. If you would like to order this book, click the Barnes and Noble icon below:

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Love Or Life Is Like A Fart

A coworker came up to me the other day and said, “Love is like a fart.  If you force it, it comes out like crap.”  I just loved this little piece of wisdom and it is true.  One thing I’ve learned is that you cannot make someone love you the way you want them to love you.  It has to come naturally.  And it can be a heart-breaker when the love between two individuals is not the same level of intensity whether it be friendships, lovers or even family members.  But when the intensity of love can be matched by both people, then it can be magic.

But this little phrase can also be compared to life as well.  If you try and force an event or action in your life without letting it percolate into fruition, then it can turn on you.  For example, I had a business a decade ago and I tried to build it from the ground up.  I was forcing it to bloom at my pace, not its own and I got burned in the end, of my own doing.  But that was a very expensive and emotional lesson of forcing something into fruition.  But live and learn right?

So now, I live my life more with grace. I will make an action towards something I want in my life and if it doesn’t seem to be an easy outcome, then I will go a different direction or abandon it all together.  Life is like a leaf in the river, if you force it’s travels down the rapids, it may get hung up in the abyss. But letting it flow in its own time and on its own path is be much better and easier.

So happy travels and enjoy the ride.  Easy and Breezy, right?

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Signs From The Universe

So lately, I’ve been going through some things that layed heavy on my heart.  I’ve been trying to decide what I needed to do but I was really scared to face it.  What to do, what to do?  So I kept getting these signs from the Universe through stories or jokes from other people.  One sign was a joke a coworker shared with me the other day that went like this, “Love is like a fart, if you force it, it comes out like crap.”  It was totally what I needed to hear at the time.  Very funny but so true.  Other signs were stories I heard from other people and I would think, “this is exactly what I’m going through right now”.

So I took action based on these little signs from the Universe and viola, I feel like it was the right decision.  Have you ever made a decision about something, acted on it and when you did, you knew it was the right decision?  This is what happened to me.  I took the advice I was receiving, made a decision, acted on it and felt like it was the right thing to do.  Granted, it was a very difficult decision but I did it.  I’m proud of myself.

All is well, right?

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Thought-Provoking Question of the Week ~ Purpose

So I’ve been thinking a lot lately about purpose and what brings purpose into one’s life.  So this is the question of the week:  What brings purpose into one’s life?  How does one feel purpose in one’s life? I’ve been feeling like my life is boring and that I have no purpose.  I love my job but it isn’t a purposeful job.  I have no kids nor do I have a significant other.  But are these things that bring purpose to one’s life?  What do you think?  Is your life purposeful and if so what is it that brings that purpose?

All is well, right?

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Ahhh Warm Weather!!!

I’m so excited about the coming of warm weather.  This year, like no other, I am looking forward to getting outside into nature and see the flowers, hear the birds and smell the springtime come to life.  I have been pretty sedentary the last few years.  I’m in the worst shape of my life.  But I’m motivated to walk and ride my bike.  In other words, I’m moving my body and losing some of the this weight I’ve been carrying for a while.

How about you?  What are you looking forward to this summer?  It brings such possibilities, doesn’t it?

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Thought-Provoking Question of the Week ~ World Views

Here is the thought-provoking question of the week:  If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?  Would you end world hunger?  Would you stop all wars?  What is the one thing that tugs at your heartstrings?  Let me know what you think!!!

As I think about this question I think that if we learned to love each other just a little more each day, it could change the planet.  There would be less hate, more compassion and maybe we wouldn’t need as many lawyers in the world either.

What do you think?

All is well, right?

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