A Joyful Noise!

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

Editor: Rev. Doti Boon


Vol. 10 pg 9 (03-03-11)


My Life is Happy and Joyful!

How to live a joyful life

Some people may have started off the New Year with big dreams, high hopes and a list of goals. What about you? Are you moving forward with your positive thinking, a joy of life, and happy outlook? Or, have you brought forward negativity from last year? Are you simply going along, treading your path with no vision, no dream and no enthusiasm? Are you living on the periphery, not expecting much and giving even less? Right now you have this one life to live and it would be a travesty to waste it. Appreciate your life and honor it by living it simply, happily, joyfully and purposefully, one day at a time. According to my spirit guide MAH, life on the planet Earth is Recreational and Pleasurable – he says if you see it any other way – you are not enjoying all the happiness, fun and excitement it has to offer!

The following tips will help you accomplish that.

1. Rise early, open your heart in prayer, wake up your body with at least 15 minutes of exercise, have a solid breakfast, plan your day and get busy with your work – at home, at your business or at your job.

2. Whatever you do, do it well, do it joyfully, do it as if God is a part of all you do – because that is the truth!

3. Set aside the negativity that is out of your control and you will create space and free your time and energies to focus on what you can control, such as your attitudes, your actions and your responses to what other people think, say and do.

4. De-clutter your home and work areas. If you do this on a regular basis, the work will be minimal and your space will always be welcoming and conducive to living well and working efficiently.

5. In the scheme of life, your job earns you a living, but it is your family and friends who make life worth living. Lavish them with love:  spend quality time with your loved ones at home, stay in touch with relatives, visit, entertain and have outings with your friends. Such as going to the theater on March 13th at 2:00 to see our UCM ministerial student, Norma Hughes, in the showing of Follies at the Tabard Theater in San Jose!

6. Don’t take yourself too seriously. A happy disposition and a light-hearted view of life quells the workday blues, puts a damper on stress, forestalls the onset of depression and inspires you to get up and keep trying after you fall and fail.

7. Smile a while and laugh as much as you can. It is true, life is serious business but it is made up of multiple layers of experiences that add interesting and funny aspects every day. Look for them. And, read the jokes at the end of this article!

8. Life is too short to spend with regrets, un-forgiveness and bitterness that profits nothing. Invest your time and energies in remembering the best of the past, savoring the joys of the present and dreaming of the possibilities of the future.

9. Approach each day’s hassles without complaint. Daily hassles are a part of life. They strengthen your mental, physical, emotional and spiritual muscles. Very often they even help to expand your network of friends with similar experiences.

10. Slice a few minutes off each twenty-four hours for silence and solitude to regain the serenity you might have lost in the work of your day. Sometimes just a few minutes sitting in your car – standing in the shower, or relaxing on the couch with a cat in your lap.

11. Play is important whatever your age. Choose at least one fun activity to add interest and variety to your daily or weekly routine.

12. Practice day-dreaming. It keeps your dreams alive, possible and achievable.

13. Keep count of the lessons you’re learning in the school of life. The main topics may fade but the lessons remain and alter how your perceptions of yourself, other people, your life, your work and your dreams.

14. Forget fair; life isn’t fair but it is good. Take a look at yours and you’ll see.

15. Diversity is the spice of life. Individuality is the essence of relationships. Be true to yourself and appreciate the uniqueness of others. One of the best places to find this is at Sunday Celebration at The Center.

16. Your journey is your own. The voyage may be dangerous, filled with twists and turns and interrupted by the need to pause, reassess, refuel and refresh. Prepare adequately and travel bravely. You may have to travel alone but you will encounter other travelers on their own paths, so you won’t be lonely.

17. When adversity comes knocking, put on faith before you open the door. Then for as long as it stays with you, keep your eyes on God. That’s the best way to endure and survive.

18. Simplify how you live and how you work so that you do your part to protect and preserve your environment.

19. Make time for those who are in need. A dollar for the street beggar, clothes for the orphanage, some toiletries for women in a halfway house, school supplies for children who lost everything in a fire. What needs do you see? How can you help?

20. Don’t go to sleep unless you spend a moment giving thanks for the day’s blessings. In fact, record them in your journal, a special gratitude journal even. In difficult times reading through the blessings you’ve known in your life thus far is enough to buoy your spirits and encourage you to hold on and go on.

Now, live today well, gratefully, simply and passionately. It’s your life, it is a gift, enjoy it.

And now, from the mouths of babes:

“It’s fun to grow up because TV and cookies stop being bad for you.” Hannah – age 5

“The monster that lives under my bed needs another cookie.”

Steven – age 5

“I wonder sometimes if we ever give God a headache.”

Dontay age 8

“Count your rainbows – not your thunderstorms.”

Alyssa Knight age 12

“Sometimes you just need to take a NAP and get over it.”

Maura age 9

“You don’t really know someone until you’ve had recess with them.” Alex age 8

“You can’t ground me – I’m the princess.”

Kaitlyn age 7



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