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Daily Happiness Journal #76
29th October 2020

In this email:

  • Food for thought: Next time
  • Picture of the day: Orange and Green
  • Daily Funny: No Dessert
  • Daily Happiness: Little Oak
  • Daily Quote about beginnings and endings
  • Writing Blog: The Importance of Reading

    I hope this little email will uplift and encourage you to see the good things all around you. (I will post these during weekdays between Monday-Friday when I have to time to write them from my MA studies and day job)

    Food for Thought

    Next time

    To be happy, drop the words "if only" and substitute instead the words "next time."

    - Smiley Blanton

    It is natural to think back. Memories, however, are often tied to strong emotions. The stronger the emotion we had, the better we remember the event that caused it. And all too often we get stuck in the negative emotions and the memories that caused them. Things that did not go the way you wanted. "If only I had done this / not done that / the thing had never happened."

    That is not very productive. At worst you convince yourself you should avoid mistakes at all costs in the future as well. You stop living fully because of fear.

    You cannot change what has happened. But you can turn your mind towards the future. You made a blunder or behaved in a way you regret today? So make a decision that you have learned the lesson life presented to you, and next time a similar situation arises, you have a plan how to handle it.

    And then go ahead and make that plan and decide how you will react. Yes, even if thinking about the past is uncomfortable. It will ease when you analyse the situation and yourself and know you are prepared for the next time.

      Picture of the day
      Orange and Green

      Hubby dearest was making mandarine juice and cut the  mandarines into halves before squeezing them. Loved the colours! (It is a rather grey, rainy and gloomy autumn weather here so bright colours are such a joy to see!)

      Daily Funny
      No Dessert

      Why did the teddy bear say no to dessert?

      Because she was stuffed.

      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 

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      Today's Happiness

      Little oak

      Continuing with the colour-theme. This little oak looked so pretty in the forest, its leaves painted yellow by autumn at the edge of an opening in the dense forest. It was a cloudy day but the leaves shone like sunlight.


      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

      No one can make a brand new start, but everyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.

      Writing Blog / The Importance of Reading

      If you write books, you need to read them too. Different authors, different styles. In the genre you write in at least. This develops your language skills and gives food to your imagination. You might even analyse the books you read, writing down the main plot points and see how the author has developed their story. A useful thing to do, both when the story flows well and when it doesn't. You'll learn about plot structure. Always a good thing to learn...

      At the moment all my free time is scheduled up to five minutes until 9 PM (day job, writing my own stories, and Egyptology studies), but when I am at home and eat lunch, I read a novel. It may be fifteen minutes per day only, but it is more than nothing. And should the rare day come along when I have free time, it is sheer luxury to relax with a good book.

      At the moment I am reading a non-fiction book with fiction elements, about a young woman who ended up in a mental asylum in her twenties (in 1930's) and spent her whole life in mental institutions. This was before there were proper procedures to deal with schizophrenia - if that even was what she had.  Even the doctors weren't sure. But at least at the time when Nazi Germany was killing their mentally unstable people in concentration camps (in the name of racial purity), here in Finland they were taken care of. Even if the circumstances and treatments were nowhere as good as in our times (and some of them would be completely forbidden). Eye opening story for sure...

      (The picture below is how the chapters are marked in the book. Every time I turn to such a page, for a moment I think I have accidentally torn a page. I don't like to see dog ears and torn pages... It tells someone doesn't respect the book!)

      I sell my books directly too. The ebooks are cheap to buy and the big e-stores don't share much of the price with the authors. That is why I have downloaded my books to Payhip - they don't take a commission which makes it easier for me to pay my editor, proofreader and cover designer.  

      Leenasbooks on Payhip
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      Leenasbooks / Leena Maria

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