Do Something Nice Day!

One smile makes lots of smiles…go on smile!

October 5 is the national day to do something nice, and after weeks of tragedy and deaths from gun violence and hurricane suffering we need a break. So today get out and smile, be pleasant to everyone you see!
Do something nice for the earth also. Avoid plastic, pick up trash, buy organic, go meatless, leave your car at home, and walk or take the bus. Do something Nice!

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Be Kind!

14713578_1503958696281770_4010382933354455936_nA few weeks ago I wrote how stressful the American election was for everyone. The post-election has been even more stressful. The surprise results, disrespect for diversity, uncertainty and anger have been difficult for my circle of people. Today is World Kindness Day which makes me think of my late mother. She was a role model for being kind in everything she did.

Change and uncertainty are scary. We have lost control of our futures and the future of our earth.  With all the verbal garbage of the past year no one has a vision of what the future holds. Today as I read the conservative views in the newspaper, I felt they were uncertain and scared also.

We love the diversity of our choices
We love the diversity of our choices

Diversity is so important whether you are talking about people, ideas, plants, foods, wildlife, everything. Mono-cultures can’t survive. They are not sustainable. Does anyone want to live in a world where only one kind of plant or tree grows? A world where we eat only one food? What if every dog was exactly the same? What if everyone thought exactly the same, and golf was the only sport to play? How boring!! I know this is silly, but it is diversity that makes life interesting. Diversity makes our freedoms and choices important, we are not all alike.

The uncertainty will not go away, but we can all be more kind. This week I plan to smile more, criticize less, listen better, and appreciate the diversity of our human family and diversity of our earth, and ….

14980809_10211460341603279_1791260813380623928_nWe will all be happier.

Happy Holidays!

Made 300 fruit baskets for food shelves
Made 300 fruit baskets for food shelves
smile
smile

I recently read that Americans aren’t very happy. What could make us happier?

Below are 10 Commandments of Happiness from the Happiness Project:

* Take it easy.

* Be yourself!

* Handle your responsibilities.

* Exercise understanding.

* Leave your worries behind.

** Live honestly!

** Behave positively.

** Open your heart and your mind!!

** Share your time, attention and talents with others.

My Additions:

*** Smile

*** Recycle at least 50% of your trash, and do everything you can to protect our water and air.  I promise, this will make you happy!   recycle

Lake Superior
Lake Superior

http://www.startribune.com/business/235791861.html

http://gretchenrubin.com/ Happiness project