A Joyful Noise!

U.C.M. Newsletter of Joy, Humor, Laughter, and Inspiration

 

Editor: Rev. Doti Boon

safedoti@aol.com

Vol. 9 pg. 39 (09-30-10)

AFFIRMATION

I am Happy and Cheerful in my Life!

Have you noticed that Doom and Gloom seem to be the order of the day lately? With the cost of living going up and many people’s real estate dropping in price – folks are feeling extremely depressed. For some unemployment is a reality now or in the near future. If the pursuit of happiness is supposed to be one of our goals, prospects appear bleak.

          But – wait a minute – take a closer look, and it isn’t that simple! In fact, scientists have shown that economic hard times have little impact on how happy most people feel. We humans are given God’s energetic support to experience happiness and help us continue feelings of well-being. We have many ways to cope with hardships a recession may bring and keep smiling whatever happens.

          Basically, once our basics are paid for, the power of money to bring happiness is limited. In fact, it can be harmful to our sense of well-being.

          “Positive emotions, more than money, give us more tools to handle life’s ups and downs, and that’s what makes life more satisfying and us happier.” Barbara Fredrickson of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

            “Wealth,” says Karl Rabeder, “doesn’t create happiness. For 25 years, I worked like a slave for things I didn’t want or need. Now my dream is to have nothing.”  He also said, “There’s a German saying, simple people have happy lives. It’s clear:  you have to decide what’s important.” Mr. Rabeder has just given his entire 5 million dollar fortune away – to find true happiness!

          October 2010 issue of Reader’s Digest

            What is happiness? I am talking about long-term well-being and life satisfaction; an appreciation of the pleasure, joy, awe, pride and gratitude that contributes to our general good mood.

          What do you do if happiness seems to elude you? First – decide if you want to be happy, or do you prefer to be in a state of depression, miserable, lonely and fearful? For those of you that feel God has definitely shut you out – please take time to analyze your life and give it a wonderful value check. If you honestly feel your life is not worth changing – it is time for a wake up call!

          For things to change – you need to change.  Here are some Mood Boosters I have found that help bring about a definite change:

1. First thing when you wake up. Lay there for a moment and thank the wonderful Mother/Father God for this new day – before you worry about money, relationships, health, job, etc.

2. Get up and take a shower.

3. Don’t watch the news, listen to the news or read a newspaper – if you want to change your basic happiness ratio. Well, maybe the funnies!

4. Stop your negative thinking. When you blame, condemn, judge, or dislike people, places or things, you are stuck in negativity.

Know your love and acceptance is appreciated in all areas of your life. Next time you start thinking negatively – dispute it. When you catch negative thoughts as they arise – you can reframe them into something positive.

5. Do you get angry? Okay – get angry at something or someone – and then release it! Anger causes mental and physical problems. When you release the anger – fill in the space with Love.

6. Write in a journal or diary. Simply writing about a positive experience will increase your satisfaction with life!

7. Meditate!  Meditation relaxes both your body and your mind. I personally meditate every morning when I take my shower!

8. Nurture meaningful relationships with family and friends. This just might save your life! In fact, Dr. Barbara Fredrickson says that being socially isolated is as bad for your health as smoking or drinking excessively and worse than being obese!

9. Stop buying more possessions! They won’t make you as happy as spending money on new and exciting experiences or social activities!

10. Finally, it’s not easy to go from being depressed to being happy. In fact, sometimes it takes therapy, pharmaceutical drugs or a 12-step program. It will take a lot of concentration and conscious effort – but over time the skills of being happy become a habit.

If a happier future appeals to you – why not give it a go! Of course, I suggest attending uplifting seminars, walking in the sunshine, dancing in the moonlight, yoga on Monday nights at CCL, watching comedies, doing drumming or meditation on Tuesday nights at the Center and most of all joining a spiritual community. Give it a try! It certainly can’t hurt!

FUNNIES, FOR YOUR SPIRITUAL and PHYSICAL PLEASURE

Moses and Jesus were in a threesome playing golf one day. Moses pulled up to the tee and drove a long one.  The ball landed in the fairway, but rolled directly toward a water hazard.  Quickly Moses raised his club, the water parted and it rolled to the other side, safe and sound.

Next, Jesus strolled up to the tee and hit a nice long one directly toward the same water hazard. It landed right in the center of the pond and kind of hovered over the water.  Jesus casually walked out on the pond and chipped the ball onto the green.

The third guy got up and randomly whacked the ball.  It headed out over the fence and into oncoming traffic on a nearby street.  It bounced off a truck and hit a nearby tree.  From there, it bounced onto the roof of a shack close by and rolled down into the gutter, down the drain spout, out onto the fairway and straight toward the pond.  On the way to the pond, the ball hit a stone and bounced out over the water onto a lily pad, where it rested quietly.  Suddenly a very large bullfrog jumped up on a lily pad and snatched the ball into his mouth.  Just then, an eagle swooped down and grabbed the frog and flew away.  As they passed over the green, the frog squealed with fright and dropped the ball, which bounced right into the cup for a hole in one.

Moses turned to Jesus and said, “I hate playing with your Dad.”

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Meeting with my new pastor, I asked if I could have a church service when I eventually die. “Of course,” he said, grabbing his date book. “What day do you want?”

          Edith Krzywicki

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I should have known better than to take my four-year-old son shopping with me. I spent the entire time in the mall chasing after him. Finally, I’d had it. “Do you want a stranger to take you?!” I scolded.

Thrilled, he yelled back, “Will he take me to the zoo?”

          Karia Petersilka

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My niece was picking up her 6-year-old from school yesterday and asked, “How was your day?”  He said, “Well I wasn’t arrested.”

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