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Living Carefree November 1, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Meditation, Mindfulness.
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This video has been my meditation companion for the past few days.

It’s a terrific antidote to Pointlessly Pondering Poisonous Politics:

Aah . . . that’s better!

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You Are The Sky October 25, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Health & Wellness, Life Balance.
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“You are the sky. Everything else—it’s just the weather.” ~ Pema Chödrön

Aah . . . that’s better!

Related:  It’s OK to Feel Bad for No Reason (Raptitude)

An After-Dinner Stroll => A+ October 15, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Happiness, Health & Wellness.
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So we all know that exercise is good for us.

Right?

It improves our mood, helps us sleep better, moderates our weight, relieves stress, etc.

Turns out that taking a short 10-15 minute walk AFTER dinner pays even more dividends.

Engaging in moderate exercise after eating helps us utilize glucose stores, digest our food efficiently, and avoid heartburn.

To read more:  The Case For Taking a Walk After You Eat (Time)

Since daylight savings time is winding down, it’s dark out when we’re done eating.  And there are coyotes (and other things that go bump in the night) out there.  Plus I want to stay inside and watch Jeopardy.

So . . . I’m compromising, by marching/dancing/moving in place for 30 minutes after dinner.

It feels better than just “parking it.”

Aah . . . that’s better!

Related: 7 Simple Ways to Motivate Yourself to Exercise (Time)

Summertime! September 25, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, Gratitude, Happiness, Life Balance.
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Jill’s recent post, Childhood Summers, highlighted the simple pleasures of summertime . . . when the living is easy.

After sharing some stellar examples of summertime fun, Jill concluded her post by asking:

What’s your favorite summertime memory?

Summertime has always been my favorite time of year.  So I had no problem coming up with a few favorite summertime memories:

Jumping through the sprinkler.
Picnics at Deer Lake.
Mystery Rides with my grandparents.
Kennebunkport Maine & the Jersey Shore.
Camping at Panther Lake.
Cookouts on the patio.
Fresh tomatoes from the garden.

Reading To Kill A Mockingbird. 😀

Before my mind turned to other things, it tossed out a few more thoughts:

Outdoor band concerts on the Navasink River.
Italian Ice
Fireworks on July 4th.
Countryside Swim & Tennis Club.
Frozen Milky Way bars.
Good Humor truck ~> make mine Toasted Almond.
Home made, fresh churned vanilla ice cream . . . with toppings!
Fresh corn from farm stands.

Once the waterfall got started, it wouldn’t stop:

Riding bikes
Hopscotch
Jumprope
Dodge ball
Camping out in the backyard
Pogo sticks
Pulling weeds
Mowing the lawn
Watching thunderstorms

Jill’s post really got me thinking! :mrgreen:

And isn’t that what blogging is all about?

Tossing the frisbee
Playing badminton
Croquet
Mother May I?
Simon Says

Aah . . . that’s better!

“Don’t Smell Like Walter” September 22, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Joke, People.
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Other than a few select shows, BFF and I tend to stick with commercial free public TV.  And not just because we get to avoid commercial commentary and odious and incessant political propaganda (i.e., campaign ads).

We enjoy watching PBS because it offers up interesting fare which is less brain-numbing than prime time TV.

By way of example, we recently caught a 3-part series on the human body ~ How We Grow, How We Protect Ourselves, and How We Think.  In short, we are amazing!  Our ability to preserve homeostasis in the face of temperature changes and microscopic invaders is nothing short of miraculous.

But what about How We Smell?

Receptacles in our nasal passageways capture on-going clues about odors and aromas.  These scents and smells, once captured, signal whether it’s OK to “breathe deep” or scream out “HOLD YOUR NOSE!” (when warranted by disgusting overtones, unpleasant undercurrents, and big stinks).

If something smells really bad, we wave our hands in front of our face to chase the overtones and undercurrents away.

So . . . what does that have to do with Walter?

Well, every once in a while, TV ads add to my day, rather than detracting from it, by making me laugh out loud at the amusing wit and entertaining wisdom of the right writers.

Case in point:  Two women in the produce department at the supermarket.  One young.  One less so.  The younger one reaches for peaches as the older woman sneaks up behind her, breathes deep, and (with a nostalgic sniff) says, “Oh, you smell just like my Walter.”

The younger woman’s smile turns upside down as the voice over says, “Don’t Smell Like Walter.”

Good advice, eh?

Aah . . . that’s better!

 

 

About My Somewhat Free Book September 2, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, Happiness, Writing & Writers.
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What’s better than spotting a Unique Unicorn?

How about snagging a FREE copy of Unikonics ~> TG’s life philosophy in legible digital printed form!

That’s right! His life philosophy. For FREE!

Chasing Unicorns

Click the Unikonics book cover image above, to skip the nonsense below, and go directly to my book.

I’ve written a book called Unikonics. This book won’t cost you any money, but it will cost you some time. So it’s somewhat free, but not entirely. It’s only 18,000 words, but if you’re a slow reader like me it will require about three hours of your life to complete.

I first wrote this philosophy and self-help book in 2014, and true to self-help form, self-published it on Amazon. I can count on the fingers of one finger how many copies it sold. And that poor bastard who paid 99 cents for it must be kicking himself, because now I’m giving it away free.

I recently had a very boring experience. I was called in for jury duty and had to sit around for hours in a courtroom, waiting for some…

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Wanted: Optimists August 21, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness.
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C’mon, get happy!

Stop focusing on the 24/7 doom & gloom news feed and savor something fun:

There’s one problem with the pessimist’s perspective: it’s wrong.

That negative dystopian soup is an illusion, the result of an unfortunate collision between a 24/7 news cycle and the brain’s tendency to hone in on any possible danger and ignore everything else.

Overall, things on planet Earth are pretty good — or at least, in many ways, they’ve never been better. No country in the world has a lower life expectancy now than the countries with the highest life expectancies in 1800. More people around the world believe in gender equality than ever before, and more value religious freedom. Poverty, malnutrition, illiteracy, child labor and infant mortality are all on the decline.

Humanity has made enormous progress by almost every measure, but that progress has become the water in which we swim, and like fish, we take the water for granted. We focus on the beasts that are still out there in the deep rather than on those we have tamed because that’s what we’re designed to do.

As neuropsychologist Rick Hanson described in his 2013 book Hardwired for Happiness, our brains naturally put greater emphasis on the negative. “Just a handful of painful experiences of futility can rapidly become a sense of helplessness,” he writes, while “most good news has little or no effect on lasting memory systems in the brain.”

In other words, it’s natural to let the bad news overwhelm us. Fortunately, with practice, we can help our brains to give the good stuff equal weight. Dr. Hanson’s advice: when you hear a great story, achieve something in your own life or just find yourself in a beautiful place with those you love, deliberately rest your mind on that experience and stay with it.

Sink into that feeling, he writes, “as it sinks into you.” Describe what you’re doing to your kids, and encourage then to dwell on their joys and pleasures as well.

To read more:  How to Raise Optimistic Kids in Pessimistic Times (Times)

Aah . . . that’s better!

What’s Next? August 13, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Life Balance, Meditation, Mindfulness.
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Peace in knowing . . . and in not knowing

Always prepared . . . to be unprepared

Reveling in the mystery
Surrounded by uncertainty
In a vast field of possibility

What’s next?

Who knows?

Aah . . . that’s better!

Providing Perspective August 11, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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Life is not half bad.

Yes, I know that POTUS + Power are NOT perfect together.

And I know that wildfires are raging out of control, earthquakes are shaking things up in Indonesia, and global warming is wreaking havoc on the ice caps and glaciers (unless, of course, you are convinced that that’s all Fake News in which case God Bless You).

But I still say that “Life is not half bad.”

Why?

Because of what I just learned about the Black Plague.

A few facts (that may or may not be entirely accurate, but could be) excerpted from Philip Ziegler’s classic account of the Black Death, aptly entitled The Black Death . . . (as recounted by Bill Bryson in his humorous travelogue, aptly entitled Neither Here Nor There ~ Travels in Europe):

*Half the population of Florence Italy (roughly 100,000) lost their lives in just 4 months.

To put that in perspective, think about waking up 4 months from now (on New Years Day, say) to find one half of your street, neighborhood, town, or city dead.  As a doornail.  Like Marley of A Christmas Carol fame.

Not an auspicious start to the New Year, eh?

*Milan reacted to the news swiftly ~> families suspected of harboring a plague victim were walled up inside their homes.  Definitely a solution designed to add to the death toll.

As Bill Bryson put it:

“There’s nothing like reading about people being entombed alive to put your own problems in perspective.  I tend to think of life as bleak when I can’t find a parking space at the supermarket, but imagine what it must have been to be an Italian in the fourteenth century.  For a start, in 1345 it rained nonstop for six months, turning much of the country into a stagnant lake and making planting impossible.  The economy collapsed, banks went bust, and thousands died in the ensuing famines.  Two years later the country was rocked with terrible earthquakes ~ in Rome, Naples, Pisa, Padua, and Venice ~ which brought more death and chaos.  And then, just when people were surely thinking that things had to get better now, some anonymous sailor stepped ashore at Genoa and said, “You know, I don’t feel so hot,” and within days the great plague was beginning its long sweep across Europe.” (p.181-82)

Perspective is everything.

We are HERE and it is NOW.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Laughing Buddhas July 23, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Mindfulness, Spirit & Ego.
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“There is nothing left to you at this moment but to have a good laugh.” ~ Zen Master

Aah . . . that’s better!