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Happiness Newsletter -5

The art of being happy requires extracting happiness from common things.

Hello Happiness Fans,

It was an exciting week for me. I just received my book, Happiness Power, back from the printer. It is 172 pages, and it looks good. Unfortunately, it won't be available for distribution until January. But it is needed early so that review copies can be sent out to professional book reviewers to receive positive opinions hopefully – fingers crossed. In the meantime, I have been putting the finishing touches on the new book, Shyness Power. I hope to have that off to the editors in a few weeks.

We have a good newsletter for you this week, filled with happy news and a few stories to chuckle over. I do think you will like it.

Two Canadians die and End Up in Hell

Satan decides to visit them, so he walks into their room and sees them talking and laughing. Confused, he asks them why they're happy.

They tell him, "Well, we're so sick of the cold where we're from, and this place is nice and toasty."

Satan, annoyed, storms away and goes to Hell's boiler room, where he turns up the temperature.

He goes back to the Canadians' room, along the way, being begged by all sorts of people to put the heating back down. He enters the room to see the Canadians having a barbecue. Furiously, he asks them what they're doing.

"Well, we can't pass up this wonderful weather without getting out the barbecue!"

Satan realizes he's been doing the wrong thing. He goes to the boiler room and turns it down until it's at a colder temperature than ever seen on earth.

He knows he's won now, so he goes back to the Canadians' room, only to see them jumping up and down in excitement.

He shouts at them in a fury, "WHY ARE YOU STILL HAPPY?!?!?!"

They look at him and shout at the same time, "Hell froze over! That means the Maple Leafs won!"

Mom Never Forgot A Stranger's Act Of Kindness; Now She's Paying It Forward

November 6, 2020, A mother in Waco, TX, is paying it forward years after a stranger's act of kindness in a grocery store.

Seven years ago, Luz Rueda, then a 21-year-old single mother, was holding her screaming infant son as she wrestled over whether to use almost all of the money she had left before payday to buy diapers for her baby.

"I stood there so long until I finally decided on the box that my son had lost his patience and was screaming and crying for us to leave," Rueda said. "I was so preoccupied with my son's tears. I didn't even notice the woman in front of me had paid for my box of diapers."

Rueda never got a chance to say 'thank you' to the woman, so she's now paying it forward, seven years and two more children after that encounter.

"Even though this was many years ago, I still think about her all the time," she said.

She had a box and three bags of diapers at her home, so she posted an emotional message on the Waco Moms in the Know Facebook Page, sharing the story of the stranger who helped her and offering to do the same for other moms in similar situations.

"I would like to give to four young single mothers, but please feel free to message me even if you don't meet these qualifications," she wrote at the end of the post.

Struggling moms quickly began to message Rueda, and one by one came to pick up the diapers.

Rueda hopes the mothers she helped will return the kindness someday to someone else in need.

"I had four people that I gave diapers to, and I hope that they pay it forward like I did, and I hope it brought as much joy to them as the woman brought me, and I hope she sees this and sees how she rippled into other people's lives as well." 

-- Story source Julie Hays @

Action thought: Giving to others is one of the best ways to boost our happiness. We can all take a lesson from Luz. In fact, why not promise yourself to do something unexpected for a stranger today as a happiness inoculation? You make two people feel better.

What do you want for Christmas, honey?

I asked my wife what she wanted for Christmas. She told me, "Nothing would make her happier than a diamond necklace." 

So I bought her nothing.

She wasn't happier.

Tieing a Dough-Knot

October 22, 2020. A couple in Oklahoma tied the knot at the Dunkin' drive-thru window where they first met in 2015.

After about a year, they exchanged numbers. Since that day, the two said they have been inseparable, falling more in love every day.

Thompson proposed to Good in the Dunkin' parking lot. On October 13, the couple exchanged vows at the same drive-thru, where they first set eyes on each other.

"When John and I were planning our big day, we decided there was no better place to say 'I do' than right where we met," Good said. "This Dunkin' drive-thru has brought me one of my biggest blessings, and we're so glad we were able to celebrate such a special occasion here with our Dunkin' family!"

Customers who visited the restaurant that day received a free glazed or glazed maple donut -- the couple's favorites -- to celebrate the occasion. Dozens of customers even returned later during the day to witness the ceremony and cheer them on from their cars, Thompson said. 

"I wake up every day next to her, and I'm just thankful. She still gives me butterflies. We're always talking to each other and writing each other sweet notes everywhere. She's my coffee girl," he added.

"And you'll always be my guy in the red truck," Good laughed.


The Surprise-Surprise Christmas Gift

There's nothing like the joy on a kid's face when he first sees the PlayStation box containing the socks I got him for Christmas.

Last Thoughts

A quote Alfred D. Souza. He said, "For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin – real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, or a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last, it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life."

"This perspective has helped me to see there is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way. So treasure every moment you have and remember that time waits for no one. Happiness is a journey, not a destination.”

What's your pleasure?

Happiness is a state of mind rather than a reaction to external stimuli. In contrast, pleasure is a feeling of enjoyment due to external stimuli. Happiness is internal, whereas pleasure depends on external factors. Happiness is long-lived, while pleasure is momentary.

Well, that's all folks. Until next week, make yourself happier by thanking others. Then marvel in the results.

Yours in happiness,


Robert Gill Jr. Author
908 273-5600

18 Bank Street Suite 1, Summit
NJ 07901 United States

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