Happiness Resources: Happiness News

Happiness Resources: Happiness News

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So tonight in my tour around the web I decided to link you out to the most recent happiness news, some interesting reads.  So take a look, have a read and have a happy day my friends ~ Rev Kane

From the NY Times Blog, Happiness and It’s Discontents, a nice piece on the history of happiness research.

For Maximum Happiness, Pick Concrete Goals

Happiness is more than Pleasure

Doing one Simple Thing to be Happier

From Forbes, Why the World Needs a Happiness Campaign

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Happiness is Poetry: Robert Frost

Happiness is Poetry: Robert Frost

Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary.    ~ Khalil Gibran

happiness poetry frostTonight another look at a wonderful poet, one I must admit I’ve not made my self incredibly familiar with, yet one whose works are certainly worthy of admiration, read, enjoy and have a happy day my friends ~ Rev Kane

 

A Prayer in Spring

Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.

Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
And make us happy in the happy bees,
The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.

And make us happy in the darting bird
That suddenly above the bees is heard,
The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,
And off a blossom in mid air stands still.

For this is love and nothing else is love,
The which it is reserved for God above
To sanctify to what far ends He will,
But which it only needs that we fulfil.

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A Considerable Speck

(Microscopic)

A speck that would have been beneath my sight
On any but a paper sheet so white
Set off across what I had written there.
And I had idly poised my pen in air
To stop it with a period of ink
When something strange about it made me think,
This was no dust speck by my breathing blown,
But unmistakably a living mite
With inclinations it could call its own.
It paused as with suspicion of my pen,
And then came racing wildly on again
To where my manuscript was not yet dry;
Then paused again and either drank or smelt–
With loathing, for again it turned to fly.
Plainly with an intelligence I dealt.
It seemed too tiny to have room for feet,
Yet must have had a set of them complete
To express how much it didn’t want to die.
It ran with terror and with cunning crept.
It faltered: I could see it hesitate;
Then in the middle of the open sheet
Cower down in desperation to accept
Whatever I accorded it of fate.
I have none of the tenderer-than-thou
Collectivistic regimenting love
With which the modern world is being swept.
But this poor microscopic item now!
Since it was nothing I knew evil of
I let it lie there till I hope it slept.

I have a mind myself and recognize
Mind when I meet with it in any guise
No one can know how glad I am to find
On any sheet the least display of mind.

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Acquainted with the Night

I have been one acquainted with the night.
I have walked out in rain — and back in rain.
I have outwalked the furthest city light.

I have looked down the saddest city lane.
I have passed by the watchman on his beat
And dropped my eyes, unwilling to explain.

I have stood still and stopped the sound of feet
When far away an interrupted cry
Came over houses from another street,

But not to call me back or say good-bye;
And further still at an unearthly height,
A luminary clock against the sky

Proclaimed the time was neither wrong nor right.
I have been one acquainted with the night.

 

 

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Random Happiness: Happy Facts

Random Happiness: Happy Facts

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Sea Otters hold hands when they sleep so that they don’t drift apart!

I prefer to be a dreamer among the humblest, with visions to be realized, than lord among those without dreams and desires.  ~ Kahlil Gibran

Tonight a collection of links to random happy facts, things like every year hundreds of new trees are grown because squirrels forget where they hid their nuts!  Check them out and have a happy day my friends ~ Rev Kane

Sixty-four Mind Blowing Facts to Make You Feel Incredibly Happy

Sixty of the World’s Happiest Facts

Thirty of the Happiest Facts Ever, with pictures for each.

Fifteen Fact to Make you Smile, number one is the greatest one ever!

Twenty Surprising Facts about Happiness

Thirty-two Cool & Happy Facts

 

 

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Happy Easter

H a p p y  E a s t e r  ! ! ! ! ! ! !

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To my Christian friends, Happy Easter! For the rest of you welcome to the fullness of spring. This is a great time of year, for almost all of us the weather is nice, we celebrate the re-birth of nature, our flowers bloom, we plant our gardens. This time of year is all about hope, possibility and new beginnings. So even if you are not celebrating a religious holiday today celebrate the beginning of things. Each and every day is a new beginning, a new opportunity to start over regardless of what happened yesterday.

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So happy today, make it a good one & have a happy day my friends                 ~ Rev Kane

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Amazing Wisdom about Happiness & Positive Change

Amazing Wisdom about Happiness & Positive Change

The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new ~ Socrates

change happinessA friend of mine posted this on Facebook and I believe it is some of the most amazing words of wisdom I’ve ever read about happiness and positive change.

Ozzy, it’s not really a matter of feeling worthy of love, friends, health, or wealth. Or of appreciating what you already have. Or even of learning to love yourself. These don’t have to come first. You don’t have to wear a halo to manifest the changes you want.

It’s simply a matter of understanding that if you do your part: visualize, prepare the way, and act “as if,” without looking over your shoulder for quick results, what you want must be added unto you… as will the feelings of worthiness, appreciation and loving your most lovable self.

You were pre-qualified,
The Universe

I love this for a number of reasons, first and most of all the positive nature of the statement. Second the fact that it expresses a necessary ingredient in making your life better, your responsibility to do the work. Positive change rarely just happens because we want it to and the advice here is priceless: visualize, prepare the way, and act as if you’ve already made the change. If you can do this friends I promise you positive change/happiness will come your way.

Please don’t overlook the signature part of what she wrote, that line, you are pre-qualified is huge, because you are my friends, you are pre-qualified to have a happy day, a happy life, as long as you do your part ~ Rev Kane

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Happiness is Laughter: Websites to bring a Smile

Happiness is Laughter: Websites to bring a Smile

So today a collection of sites to go to so you can find a laugh or a smile, enjoy ~ Rev Kane

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Funny or die, a collection of videos, bits etc… including the most recent episode of between the ferns with President Obama.

Break.com, a very similar site to Funny or Die except that the majority of the clips are amateur clips.

The Oatmeal, a massive collection of clean and dumb jokes.

The Onion, America’s finest satirical news source.

Finally a connection to a link for the top 15 humor sites on the web

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Happiness is Poetry: More Bukowski

Happiness is Poetry: More Bukowski

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A Smile to Remember

we had goldfish and they circled around and around
in the bowl on the table near the heavy drapes
covering the picture window and
my mother, always smiling, wanting us all
to be happy, told me, ‘be happy Henry!’
and she was right: it’s better to be happy if you
can
but my father continued to beat her and me several times a week while
raging inside his 6-foot-two frame because he couldn’t
understand what was attacking him from within.

my mother, poor fish,
wanting to be happy, beaten two or three times a
week, telling me to be happy: ‘Henry, smile!
why don’t you ever smile?’

and then she would smile, to show me how, and it was the
saddest smile I ever saw

one day the goldfish died, all five of them,
they floated on the water, on their sides, their
eyes still open,
and when my father got home he threw them to the cat
there on the kitchen floor and we watched as my mother
smiled

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Alone with Everybody

the flesh covers the bone
and they put a mind
in there and
sometimes a soul,
and the women break
vases against the walls
and the men drink too
much
and nobody finds the
one
but keep
looking
crawling in and out
of beds.
flesh covers
the bone and the
flesh searches
for more than
flesh.

there’s no chance
at all:
we are all trapped
by a singular
fate.

nobody ever finds
the one.

the city dumps fill
the junkyards fill
the madhouses fill
the hospitals fill
the graveyards fill

nothing else
fills.

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Be Kind

we are always asked
to understand the other person’s
viewpoint
no matter how
out-dated
foolish or
obnoxious.

one is asked
to view
their total error
their life-waste
with
kindliness,
especially if they are
aged.

but age is the total of
our doing.
they have aged
badly
because they have
lived
out of focus,
they have refused to
see.

not their fault?

whose fault?
mine?

I am asked to hide
my viewpoint
from them
for fear of their
fear.

age is no crime

but the shame
of a deliberately
wasted
life

among so many
deliberately
wasted
lives

is.

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Happiness is Doing the Best You Can

Happiness is Doing the Best You Can

Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier. ~ Mother Teresa

happinessHello my friends, tonight I’ve been sitting around thinking about life, not having a particularly good day but something raised a smile for me a little bit ago. You know that got me to thinking about life in general and about how much our attitudes really mean almost everything. You see I did not grow up well-off and in a place where I witnessed a lot of people who were even worse off than I was. I’ve also had the advantage of traveling around the world, not only to the nice touristy places on the planet, but also to developing countries were people often have nothing or next to nothing.

You would think that automatically that would mean that in these places people would be unhappy, or selfish given the things they are lacking. However, I have often found exactly the opposite, there is plenty of happiness, gratitude and generosity in these communities. This isn’t to say things are rosy, hell these are people with little food, money or many of the things we would consider necessary for a decent life much less luxury. However, I’ve spent wonderful happy nights in their company, I have spent many hours laughing with people who had little and didn’t even speak the same language.

The lesson I have learned from them is that in order to be happy you have to make the best of what you have. It doesn’t matter if you have money, or the job you want or the person you want to be with because you have your life. Whatever life you have, whatever situation you are in there is something to be happy about even if it just the sound of the wind through the trees, puffy white clouds plunging across a powder blue sky, or the sound of rain on the roof. It’s all a matter of what you decide to be in any given moment.

So today my friends, wherever you are, whatever is happening make the choice to be happy, just for a moment, then for the next and the next. Soon, once you’ve strung together moments they become minutes, hours and eventually a happy day my friends      ~ Rev Kane

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Random Happiness: Happiness Quotes

Random Happiness: Happiness Quotes

Tonight a few of my favorite quotes on happiness, have a read and have a happy day my friends ~ Rev Kane

happinessIf you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. ~Dalai Lama

Even if you don’t follow a formal meditation program, it is good to sit quietly for a little while every day.~ Deng Ming Dao

And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. ~ Kahlil Gibran

Be Content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you. ~ Lao Tzu

An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.                                            ~ Martin Luther King Jr

Do you know what is better than charity and fasting and prayer? It is keeping peace and good relations between people, as quarrels and bad feelings destroy mankind.                    ~ Mohammed

Even the rich are hungry for love, for being cared for, for being wanted, for having someone to call their own. ~ Mother Teresa

It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell. ~ Buddha

I have been all things unholy. If God can work through me, he can work through anyone.    ~ Saint Francis of Assisi

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Happiness is Laughter: Goofy Images

Happiness is Laughter: Goofy Images

A few goofy images to raise a smile and help you have a happy day my friends ~ Rev Kane

 

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