Next week the month of February slides in to say "hello." Thankfully it is a short stay which portents that spring is not too far away. I cannot wait, can you?
Speaking of waiting, I was almost COVID inoculated. Like most of you, I have been waiting for the vaccine. I registered on the official state (NJ) website. Soon afterward, I received an email notice to make an appointment to be vaccinated. But when I did, the only location listed was 70 miles away.
Since I would need two shots, I hesitated. As two round trips would be 280 miles. But then I reconsidered and thought I better take the opportunity when it is offered. I then switched to Mapquest to look up the directions. But when I returned to the appointment site, the appointment was no longer available. They are being snapped up quicker than my map exploration reflexes. I was sorely reminded about the "he who hesitates." aphorism. So the waiting game continues. . .
Things that made me happy this week
Happiness Power was the #1 Release in Amazon's Happiness category
You’ve heard it over and over again: “happiness is a journey, not a destination.” But what does that mean, exactly?
A recent article by Harvard Business Review noted that often, many of us believe that we will find happiness when we catch our “dream.” We’re always looking for the next job, the next car, the next relationship, but we never focus on finding joy in the present. This leads to a consistent fear of failure, financial instability, and judgment from others and from ourselves. It keeps us distracted, fearful, and lacking in curiosity about ourselves and the world.
Penny Locaso, the author of this article, noted that the true lesson of happiness is that the most fulfilled among us are the ones who have learned to let go of the need to “feel happy all the time”, and who accept the peaks and valleys of life as part of the experience of living. To be truly happy, we must embrace our wins along with our losses, and learn to be adaptable to all of life’s challenges. It’s vital for us to build the courage to conquer the peaks of life and learn to be curious in our everyday tasks and adventures.
This week's sweet food for happy thoughts.
"So of cheerfulness or a good temper, the more it is spent, the more it remains." - Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet
News you can use:
If you are late getting up because you couldn't get to sleep, blame the moon. A new study just published in Science Advances presents scientific evidence that the full moon affects people's sleep, for reasons that remain mostly unknown. Their studies showed that sleep timing is synchronized with the moon cycle under various living environments.
Are people born happy? Some people are naturally more optimistic, positive, and content. Although genetics is, in fact, a key determinant of happiness, science finds that people who gravitate toward pessimism can change much of their outlook by practicing positive thoughts and eliminating self-criticism.
To eliminate stress, get in touch with yourself. Set aside twenty minutes for quiet, undistracted thinking. Close your eyes and let your mind wander, and do nothing at all. If you have a white noise machine, turn it on. The results will refresh, make you more creative and center you for the day ahead with a renewed sense of happiness.
The U.S and Canada versions of the #1 New Release in the Happiness category on Amazon last week, Happiness Power, is now available. If you have been curious as to what your happiness powers are don't miss out. It is available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo.
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5 books that will make a positive difference in your life
How to Win Friends and Influence People - Dale Carnegie
The Power of Positive Thinking - Norman Vincent Peale
Think and Grow Rich -- Napolean Hill
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - Stephen R. Covey
Grit - Angela Duckworth
These books will change your lie's perspective and enrich your views of the world. They will incentivize you to reach out for bigger and better things and show you how to obtain them.