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Fortune Telling July 17, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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“Never make predictions. Especially about the future.” ~ Casey Stengel

Stress is often a product of overactive imaginations overflowing with “what ifs?”

Instead of driving past our headlights, we can choose to rein in our thoughts and BE HERE NOW.

In the moment.

Instead of living so many years ahead of each day.

Aah . . . that’s better!

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Birthdays Are Good For You! July 14, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Humor, Joke.
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* About the only thing that comes to us without effort is old age.

* Looking fifty is great . . . if you’re sixty. ~ Joan Rivers

* Despite medical advances, there is still no cure for the common birthday.

* Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the hell happened. ~ Cora Harvey Armstrong

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* Birthdays are good for you ~ the more you have, the longer you live.

* A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman’s birthday, but never her age. ~ Robert Frost

* Old age isn’t so bad when you consider the alternative. ~ Maurice Chevalier

* If I’d known I was going to live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself. ~ Ubie Blake

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* Just remember, once you’re over the hill you begin to pick up speed.

* A man who views the world at fifty the same as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life. ~ Muhammad Ali

* No wise man ever wished to be younger. ~ Jonathan Swift

Aah . . . that’s better!

Aging With Grace! July 13, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Happiness, Humor, Joke.
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Happy Friday the 13th to you all!

And Happy Birthday to a Special Someone:

Aah . . . that’s better!

Prana Flows & Flows July 5, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Meditation, Mindfulness.
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Taking time to breathe
Balancing effort and ease
Prana flows and flows

Aah . . . that’s better!

Memorable Milestones June 25, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Nature, People, Travel & Leisure.
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In the past few weeks, we’ve attended a 100th birthday party for a Centenarian and a 60th Anniversary celebration.

You heard me ~> 100!

Jack lived in Princeton before moving to FL.  He lives at the end of our street and is rather amazing ~> still driving, lives alone, dresses with care, has a cocktail every evening, and . . . he’s capable of carrying on a conversation with all his marbles firmly in place.

May we all be so lucky!

At the anniversary celebration, guests (including Betty & Eileen ~ our “roommates” during Hurricane Irma) were given centerpieces to take home.

Sweet!

Aah . . . that’s better!

The Secret to Happiness is . . . Unhappiness! June 9, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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For evolutionary reasons, our brains refuse to dwell on incoming data that remains the same.

Instead, it focuses on change and contrast as it constantly monitors the world for intel.

We become acclimated to the sights, smells, and sounds around us.

Neurons that send repeat “texts” (about the clock ticking, the smell of breakfast, or the touch of our clothes against our arms) start to be ignored or blocked.

The brain essentially says, “I heard you the first time.  Tell me something I don’t know.”

Thought of in this light, unhappiness can be viewed as a palate cleanser . . . an amuse-bouche . . . designed to allow us to appreciate happiness anew the next time it appears at our door.

This, of course, is a simplistic explanation of the science behind our senses.

And our sense of humor.

To read more:  The Function of Discontent

Aah . . . that’s better!

Cue The Music June 5, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Music & Dance.
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Music can improve our mood and positive feelings of well being.  Like meditation, it can improve blood flow, lower levels of stress hormones, and ease pain. It can also improve the quality of our sleep.

Music activates neurochemical systems and brain structures associated with positive mood, emotion regulation, attention, and memory.

But listening to music can also be unsettling.  Be selective.  Experiment to find what resonates and makes you feel good.

To read more:  Is Listening to Music Good For Your Health

Aah . . . that’s better!

5 Reasons to Straighten Up May 31, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Happiness, Health & Wellness.
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Improving your posture when standing, sitting, and walking pays real benefits:

  1. More confidence
  2. More energy & alertness
  3. Greater self-esteem
  4. Improved mood
  5. Less anxiety

Read more here:  The Surprisingly Easy Move That Can Make You Happier and Increase Your Energy

And here are 6 Posture Exercises to Help you Straighten Up.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Laughter May 29, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Less IS More, Life Balance.
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A new to me quote you might enjoy:

It was her habit to build laughter out of inadequate materials.  

~ John Steinbach, The Grapes of Wrath (thanks, JoyRoses!)

And a couple of “oldies, but goodies”:

We do not laugh because we are happy . . . we are happy because we laugh.

Wine improves with age.  
Age improves with wine.  
Life improves with laughter.

Aah . . . that’s better!

A Man of Few Words May 23, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Gratitude, Happiness, People.
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My grandfather in Vermont was a man of few words.

Tacked on to a newsy birthday card from my grandmother was a note from my grandfather:

“A Happy Birthday.  Of course.  Grandpa.”

Margaret & Walter at my parents' wedding, 1955

Despite the lack of verbal acknowledgment, I never doubted my grandfather’s love for me.

Among other things, at cocktail hour, while the adults enjoyed adult beverages, grandpa would fix me a “kiddy cocktail” (fizzy ginger ale that tickled my nose, complete with cherry).

Some things require no words!

C'est Moi!

Aah . . . that’s better!