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Daily Happiness Journal # 35
May 18th 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:  The Cleaning Lady
  • Picture of the day: Little red hut
  • Daily Funny: Compliments
  • Daily Happiness: Time to paint
  • Daily Quote by Pablo Picasso

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

    Thought for the day

    The cleaning lady

    I have read this story many times, in many places. 

    At a business school a professor was holding an exam. The students worked through the questions until they came to the last question, which was:

    "What is the name of our cleaning lady?"

    The students asked was the professor serious.

    "Very serious. You must remember that in your careers you will meet many people, and they are all important, no matter what their title. They are all worthy of a greeting and a smile."

    I have never been very interested in anyone's titles. I am more interested in personalities. Is a title-holder full of... well, not saying the dirty word as it is, but if a person thinks they are somehow better simply because they have a title, I can't say I'm very interested in their company. But if they show kindness and respect towards others... Well, they can be a cleaning lady, a salesperson, a nurse, a managing director. I don't care how they are labelled as long as they are considerate, caring people. A good heart is the best title anyone could own.

    Picture of the day
    Write down the positive things in your day, and let them lift your spirits
    Happiness Journal / Little Red Hut

    I took this picture at the Nautelankoski rapids near Turku, Finland. The rapids were dry at that point of summer. This little red hut stood alone near the rapids - maybe it was someone's summer cottage? (If anything, we Finns love our summer cottages...)

    Happiness Journal / Little red hut -products
    Daily Funny

    A man walks into an empty bar. There's just him and the bartender.

    He orders his drink and hears someone speak.

    "Nice tie you've got there!"

    He looks around, but sees no one. 

    "The colour of your shirt is really becoming on you!"

    Again he looks around, but sees only the bartender. 

    "Did you just say something to me?" the man asks.

    The bartender shakes his head.

    "No. Its the peanuts. They are complimentary..."

    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

    Time to paint

    This last month I had no time for anything else but my Egyptology studies. But now all the assignments are sent and the day was cloudy and it rained. In my books that is the perfect day for painting. So I returned to the painting I've been working on this spring. It will be big, but the details are in miniature size. 

    With gouache I paint from dark to light - the opposite to watercolors. Here you see the first phase of today's wprk under the already finished part of the painting - blocking the main fields with black. That black "colouring" took me an hour and a half. 

    I like painting - I have to concentrate on it fully which then distracts my mind from everyday matters.

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    Daily Quote

    “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”

    - Pablo Picasso

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