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Oh Schadenfreude! November 7, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Humor, Joke.
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Oh Schadenfreude . . .

Oh Schadenfreude . . .

How lovely are thy branches

Oh Schadenfreude . . .

Oh Schadenfreude . . .

How do you entrance us

You make us laugh

Each time he frowns

We’re thrilled that he

Won’t be around

Oh Schadenfreude . . .

Oh Schadenfreude . . .

Our wish came true for Christmas.

Merriam-Webster dictionary sees huge spike in 'schadenfreude' search

Aah . . . that’s better!

While We Wait . . . A Few Laughs! November 7, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Joke.
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I love this . . .

Spoiler alert . . . Trump supporters won’t find it as funny as I do.

Too bad.

Maybe we are finally ready to “Make America Great” again!

Without Trump trumpeting tyrannical tweets from the White House.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Who Ya Gonna Call? November 1, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Health & Wellness, Less IS More, Life Balance.
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Feeling Anxious?

Out of sorts?

Not your normal cheery Tiggerific self?

Ready to get back on track?

To stop trudging through the sludge?

To restore your demeanor and return a bounce to your step?

Who ya gonna call?

Ghostbusters?

Nah!   Halloween’s over.  The US Election is on Tuesday.  And we’re still in the midst of a Pandemic.

What we need  to alleviate accumulated anxiety is some high quality Stress Busters!

Like Water Lilies!

What?  Not enough?

Don’t worry, I got your back.

If those gorgeous water lilies didn’t calm your inner beasties . . . check out the New York Times “Election Distractor” for soothing waterfalls, mesmerizing undersea creatures, flickering candles, wafting smoke, plus infant stars, a bevy of swans, bright moons, thirsty sheep, tired Teddy Bears, etc.

First up ~> rotating Avocados!

Aah . . . that’s better!

It’s National Pumpkin Day? October 26, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Happiness, Life Balance, Nature.
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National Pumpkin Day falls on October 26th . . . which seems about a month early to me.

Why not have it coincide with Thanksgiving?

Gobble.  Gobble.

I mean what other day of the year involves the consumption of a gazillion slices of Pumpkin Pie?

And that’s AFTER people push away from the groaning board feeling as rotund as pumpkins.

Well, as has happened before, no one consulted me . . . so it is what it is.

TODAY is National Pumpkin Day.

Ours is not to reason why, ours is but to . . .

Oh, wait!

I know what happened . . .

Linus with all his talk about The Great Pumpkin got the holiday booted from November to October to coincide with All Hallows Eve.

We can live with that, right?

Right?

Aah . . . that’s better!

 

 

 

 

Chill!  It’s only Chaos! October 18, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Humor, Mindfulness.
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Despite the pandemic, the election, and the looming dangers of climate change, I feel calm, cool, collected, and at peace.

Others (particularly the less charitable) might view my current demeanor as “extreme apathy” rather than as “zen enlightenment and acceptance.”

So be it. 😛

Relax.  Everything is cool.

What consumes your mind controls your life.

Think about what could go RIGHT.

Aah . . . that’s better!

 

Thoughts on Thoughts August 19, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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Only one thing stands in the way of our happiness.

The thoughts that we think.

Need some pointers?

The NY Times has a great article on How To Be Happy . . . which starts (and ends) with managing the thoughts we think:

Practice Optimism

Optimism is part genetic, part learned. Even if you were born into a family of gloomy Guses, you can still find your inner ray of sunshine. Optimism doesn’t mean ignoring the reality of a dire situation. After a job loss, for instance, many people may feel defeated and think, “I’ll never recover from this.” An optimist would acknowledge the challenge in a more hopeful way, saying, “This is going to be difficult, but it’s a chance to rethink my life goals and find work that truly makes me happy.”

When we accept life as it is with cheerful indifference, nothing disturbs us.

We stop struggling against the current and allow things to be as they are.

We just go with the flow.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Happiness August 17, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Humor.
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Don’t fall into an abyss of “what ifs.”

RELAX . . . Nothing is Under Control.

Success is not the key to happiness . . . happiness is the key to success.

Enjoy less, more.

Aah . . . that’s better!

What A Feeling! July 21, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Gratitude, Happiness, Life Balance.
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The other day, an unprompted “thought” bubbled up from inside (perhaps from my heart chakra?), accompanied by a sense of grounded well-being.

“WOW! What a great life I’ve had.”

Reflecting back to that unscripted heart-felt moment of gratitude, even days later, makes me smile.

Of course, lots of things make me smile, including this amusing moose!  

Aah . . . that’s better!

It’s Spring! April 2, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Happiness, Sustainable Living.
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Tired of thinking about the pandemic, quarantines, and TP that is MIA?

Enjoy a few Spring Smiles!

Aah . . . that’s better!

More from Colonial Williamsburg:  Welcome, Lambs!

Sleep, Rinse, Repeat . . . March 22, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Health & Wellness.
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Getting plenty of deep, restful sleep is essential for our physical and mental health. Now comes word of yet another way that sleep is good for us: it triggers rhythmic waves of blood and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) that appear to function much like a washing machine’s rinse cycle, which may help to clear the brain of toxic waste on a regular basis.

Aah . . . that’s better!

To read more:  Discovering the Brain’s Nightly “Rinse Cycle”