Look at blue birds, but search not for the blue bird of happiness. Some one caught him, caged him and he died. Okay a bad joke. Here are two more.
Emotional Fitness THOUGHTS
I blame the media for making us less happy, while pushing happiness throught things. Happiness is elusive and people are sucked into buying things in the false hope their unhappiness will be cured.
Then the is the fear mongering. Both are ways of getting people to buy. The second cartoon represents the fear mongering. I have always bought whatever drinks little ones were hawking at their stands. Never got sick. Now the stands are vanishing because the lemonade might not be up to restaurant standards. If you watch shows like “Restaurant Impossible” or “Health Inspectors” you’d worry more about eating out at a restaurant. Over-regulating our lives gets my Nanny-granny goat.
EMOTIONAL FITNESS EXERCISE
Plan to spend some time enjoying nature over the next few days. You might not see a blue bird of happiness, but you are likely to find some quiet peace and enjoyment.
STAYING EMOTIONALLY FIT
I am not opposed to happiness, but think it means being lucky enough to have all your needs met, having realistic expectations about life and work, and cultivating the small pleasures.
Click here for my free E-book about the Daily Twelve Emotional Fitness Exercises. It has several exercises designed to help you enjoy small pleasures.
Liking, commenting, sharing are acts of social media kindness and very easy to practice. So be kind to me and all your media friends. I promise you will be repaid.
THE USUAL PROMOTIONAL STUFF
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DISCLAIMER ONE: EMOTIONAL FITNESS TRAINING IS NOT THERAPY.
Even the most learned researchers and therapists quarrel about much. Take their advice and mine carefully. Don’t just listen to your heart, but also think; don’t just think, listen to your heart. Heart and head working together increase the odds you will find useful advice amid all the promises and hopes pushed at you be others. As others have noted, take what seems useful, leave the rest.
DISCLAIMER TWO: FORGIVE MY GRAMMATICAL ERRORS
If you need perfect posts, you will not find them here; I will understand if you don’t follow, like or share what like me. Not only am I dealing with an aging brain, but all of my life, dysgraphia–a learning disability has eaten my energy and diminished my productivity. Some of my posts might be peppered with bad spelling, poor punctuation, and worse words that make no sense. If you want to hang in with me, thank you; you are kind. If a post doesn’t make sense or bugs you too much, try reading it a few days later. Often I catch the worse mistakes when I read the post after a few days.