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Daily Happiness Journal 25
May 8th 2020

I hope this little email will uplift and encourage you to see the good things all around you. In this email:

  • Food for thought: Planning
  • Picture of the day: Happiness Journal /Ancient Egyptian Couple
  • Daily Funny: Birds and manners
  • Daily Happiness: All sent!
  • Daily Quote of Success

    I hope this little email will uplift and encourage you to see the good things all around you.

    Thought for the day


    The best thing you can do when a plan doesn't work, is to start a new plan.

    We have many plans. Some work, some work slowly, some don't work at all. 

    I have found it to be a good thing to have a look at my yearly plan every three months or so. What is working? What is not? And then I tweak as necessary. 

    I don't plan for the whole year in great detail, as life happens, and plans need to be reviewed. We change, situations change, we find new desires to reach for, and realise we no longer have passion for something we have started. We are not the same person a year from now.

    Don't force yourself to follow a plan you once made if it doesn't feel right anymore. Plan the major lines, and fill in the details little by little as you go along.  A little more in detail for a month ahead, and then in greater detail for the next week. 

    You can never plan everything beforehand so that nothing changes. If you try, you'll just end up frustrated.

    Picture of the day
    Write down the positive things in your day, and let them lift your spirits
    Ancient Egyptian Couple

    I took this photo on Berlin 2014. It is from the Amarna age - the times of Tutankhamun's father Akhenaten. He changed the traditional style of Egyptian art completely. People were shown with round forms, their limbs looked realistic and the hands especially were beautiful, This little piece of art probably shows the shadowy pharaoh Shmenkhare and his great royal wife Meritaten - the royal couple who ruled briefly after Akhenaten's death, before Ay and Tutankhamun. Another theory is that this is Tutankhamun and Akhesenamun. 

    Happiness Journal / Ancient Egyptian Couple -products
    Daily Funny
    Birds and manners

    Which bird has the worst manners?

    The mocking bird.

    Do you have a funny story you would like to see published in this letter? An event, what someone said? If so, send me your funny story in an email 

    (I especially love the funny things children say!). 

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    Today's Happiness

    All sent!

    I have been working on four assignments for my MA in Egyptology studies (on top of the weekly 3 assignments as well). An essay about the role of royal palaces in Middle and New Kingdoms, a dissertation proposal, a museum catalogue and a conference poster. I took two weeks off work to have time to finish them and despite having worked on them since January I still typed 8-10 hour days last week and about 6 hours per day this week. 

    And now they have been sent. Phew. Summer break. Time to write my novels as well.

    I admit I am a calendar freak extraordinaire and plan my coming weeks every Sunday, often to 5-minute accuracy to get everything done, but now I think I'll go without planning the next week, when I am back at work again.

    And then begins the research for my dissertation about the role of royal women of the early 18th Dynasty.

    What made you happy today? Send a note and tell, if you wish to share your little happy moment with others.

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    Daily Quote

    Work hard in silence.

    Let success make the noise.

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