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Daily Happiness Journal #37
May 20th 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: Ability, motivation, attitude
  • Picture of the day: Lock of love
  • Daily Funny: World's funniest joke
  • Daily Happiness: cake
  • Daily Quote by Audrey Hepburn

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

    Thought for the day

    Ability, motivation, attitude

    "Ability is what you are capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it."

    - Lou Holz

    We are capable of so much... But if there is no motivation behind a decision, even the best decision won't last. (Just think back on how many New Year resolutions you've made without real motivation... How did they fare out?)

    And attitude is not the least important here. If you wish to change something in your life and your attitude is not kind towards yourself, you probably won't last long in your new chosen path. No one likes to be punished all the time. Losing weight by starving yourself? Won't last. Getting fit by taking the hardest gym classes and feeling that muscle ache next day? I bet you pretty soon decide it is not for you.

    But give yourself time. Admit you don't have reach your goal in a month. How about giving yourself a year to see where smaller steps will take you? Change one little thing this month and give your brain the necessary 30 days for a new habit to take root (there is research to back this - apparently it takes about a month for a new habit to become routine). And then change another thing the next month. One thing at a time. Be kind to yourself, give yourself time to change in a way that feels good to you. Don't hate yourself for not being fit, or having a title, or not having written that book.  

    Keep a record of your steps and successes. (The name of this little Daily Happiness Journal gives you a little hint how you could do that :D )

    Picture of the day
    Write down the positive things in your day, and let them lift your spirits
    Happiness Journal / Love Lock

    There are many stories about how the habit of love locks came to be. The one I have heard most often and chose to write here begins in a Serbian town of Vrnjacka Banja.

    A young couple got engaged and prepared to get married - and then World War I began. The young man, Relja, had to don his uniform and leave for war. The bride to be, Nada, waited for his return faithfully - only to learn later that he had forgotten about her and found new love in Corfu during the war. 

    The story goes that Nada, heartbroken, died soon after. The ladies of Vrnjacka Banja, being superstitious, and sad about Nada's fate, started to write their names, together with those of their betrothed into locks. These locks they attached to the bridge where Nada and Relja used to meet. The keys of the locks were thrown into the river, and this, they believed, would ensure everlasting love to each couple whose names were on the locks.

    The habit spread to such a degree that today many cities around the world have to take off these locks regularly as their weigh is already damaging the railings of bridges. 

    This little lock, however, was alone on a little bridge off the trodden path near where we live.

    Happiness Journal / Love Lock -products
    Daily Funny
    World's Funnies Joke

    This joke was actually chosen as world's funniest joke in 2002 by Laughlab, "the brainchild of University of Hertfordshire psychologist Richard Wiseman"  (The Guardian).

    Are you ready? Here goes!

    Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson are going camping. They pitch their tent under the stars and go to sleep. In the middle of the night Holmes wakes Watson up: "Watson, look up at the stars, and tell me what you deduce."

    Watson: "I see millions of stars and even if a few of those have planets, it's quite likely there are some planets like Earth, and if there are a few planets like Earth out there, there might also be life."

    Holmes: "Watson, you idiot, somebody's stolen our tent!"

    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


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    Daily Quote

    “Let's face it,  nice creamy chocolate cake does a lot for a lot of people; it does for me."

    - Audrey Hepburn

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