Happy News: November 30, 2015

Happy News: November 30, 2015

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The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things. ~ Henry Ward Beecher



Kids being hilariously honest about what they are thankful for


01Inmates rehabilitate kittens and their own lives


01Homeless choir gets invited to White House Holiday Party


01Awesome ways to pay it forward with your wedding




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Thoughts on a Hard Week & Simple Happiness

Thoughts on a Hard Week & Simple Happiness

I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death. ~ Robert Fulghum

It’s been a tough week, grief is a funny thing, it creeps up and hits you when you least expect it.  You feel good one minute and then something triggers it and the water works start.  It’s necessary, you have to work through these things, you bottle them up and you pop like a balloon.  But the process is slow and of course, when you’re already down you start to see and focus on the negatives all around you.  This week my grief exacerbated anything that went wrong, my car Cd player went south, my sleep patterns went to shit, I put on two pounds, etc… When you’re sliding into the well all of these things just push you deeper into the abyss.  A really interesting effect was it amped up my anxiety levels, I’m not a particularly anxious person, but I have been this week, hard week.

Sunset on the Tundra

Sunset on the Tundra

However, a few things have also played into my favor this week.  First, the necessities, when things are wrong you have to make sure you are eating right, sleeping right and that you are safe.  Well I’m safe, I have a roof over my head, I’m eating well and working out every day but my sleep has been off horribly this week as to be expected.  But lack of sleep can be remedied and I slept in the other day.  It helps that in the middle of November I’m in Florida and the weather is good, it helps that it’s Fall, my favorite time of year, that I’m near the ocean which brings me peace and finally that it was Thanksgiving week.

01I snuck away for the holiday to Mobile, AL to hold up in a Homewood Suite for a few days.  My current residence has minimal cooking potential and I love to cook and eat for Thanksgiving.  So the full kitchen in the hotel room, cable TV and a whirlpool tub meant, cooking (which I love to do), good eating, lots of football to watch and a big warm tub to relax in.  It was just what the Reverend ordered for himself.

Today my personal prescription was simple happiness, sun, sand and waves.  I spent an hour this afternoon walking the beach at Perdido Key.  It was a beautiful day in the seventies, the water was beautiful and I was luck to see some cool beach life.  A bunch of small mussels washed up and had to keep digging themselves back into the sand after each wave as they gradually moved back out off the surf line, amazing and beautiful to watch.

fix flowersSo remember my friends, when things go south, take care of the basics and find things that bring you pleasure and happiness.  Engage them as fully as possible and never forget about beauty whether in nature or in art, it has the ability to make you feel better.  So, the end of a hard week personally, a crazy week in the world and the optimism to expect better weeks to come with plenty of happy days my friends ~ Rev Kane

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Holiday Happiness: Wisdom & Happiness

Holiday Happiness: Wisdom & Happiness

happiness, paulo coehloThe holidays are a very stressful time for everyone and an exceptionally hard time for some.  So, until the New Year I’ll be posting a Holiday Happiness post each day to try help folks out who are struggling.  As always you can reach out to me at Happinesskane@aol.com for a kind word or someone to listen. ~ Rev Kane


Today the consideration that without wisdom there cannot be happiness, what is wisdom, the piece linked to below believes that wisdom is:

1.  Understanding and common sense

2.  Ability to discern right from wrong

3.  Curiosity

4.  Versatility

5.  Good critical thinking skills

Here is the link to the full piece  http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/ethics-everyone/201107/wisdom-and-the-search-happiness give it a read and have a happy day my friends ~ Rev Kane


Other pieces about wisdom and happiness you might enjoy!

The Wisdom of Paulo Coehlo

Amazing Wisdom about Happiness & Positive Change

Happiness is Love & Unconventional Wisdom

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Holiday Happiness: Funny Holiday Stories

Holiday Happiness: Funny Holiday Stories

happinessA day without laughter is a day wasted. ~ Charlie Chaplin

The holidays are a very stressful time for everyone and an exceptionally hard time for some.  So, until the New Year I’ll be posting a Holiday Happiness post each day to try help folks out who are struggling.  As always you can reach out to me at Happinesskane@aol.com for a kind word or someone to listen. ~ Rev Kane


Tonight a few funny holiday stories to brighten your day, the first, is by far the best. ~ Rev Kane

A cautionary tale for you holiday pranksters out there and a bit of a chuckle for the rest of us.  http://laugh.housewifemafia.com/Louises_Stockings.html

Ten funny holiday stories from travelers http://www.travelmatch.co.uk/blog/2011/07/26/top-10-funniest-holiday-stories/

Holiday pet stories http://www.petplace.com/article/dogs/news-videos-fun/fun-stuff/funny-holiday-dog-stories



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Happiness is Thanksgiving, Kindness & Gratitude

Happiness is Thanksgiving, Kindness & Gratitude

aGratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.                                  ~ William Arthur Ward

The holidays are a very stressful time for everyone and an exceptionally hard time for some.  So, until the New Year I’ll be posting a Holiday Happiness post each day to try help folks out who are struggling.  As always you can reach out to me at Happinesskane@aol.com for a kind word or someone to listen. ~ Rev Kane



I really do, I love the holiday, I love this time of year, the weather, football season and eating, man do I love cooking and eating.  So, when you combine all of these elements together, all on ONE day, well, that makes me a very happy man. This is an especially happy year as I was in Canada for their Thanksgiving so I get TWO this year!

As I sat down to write my annual homage to my favorite holiday I thought I should see what I’ve written before and holy cow, I wrote a lot.  So for this year’s Thanksgiving post I’ve decided to repost some of the old ones and include a series of links on pieces I wrote about kindness and gratitude because that’s really what this is all about.  As much as the food and the football and the fall weather are spectacular, in the end it is about being thankful for what we have and finding ways to be kind to others.  Truly, if we could just concentrate on those two things in life this would be a better world.

So, enjoy some Thanksgving Day reading, relax and a have a very happy day my friends     ~ Rev Kane


Why Thanksgiving is My Favorite Holiday

Happiness and a Thanksgiving Day Hike

Happiness is Thanksgiving Day Dinner – This one has cooking tips and info.

Thanksgiving Stories – some funny stories about other people’s Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving – Some words from the Dalai Lama


Happiness & Gratitude for the small things

Friends, Joy, Gratitude & Transition

Quotes about Gratitude, Happiness & Kindness

Happiness & the Benefits of Gratitude

Videos: Inspiration, Kindness & Gratitude



Angels Among Us, A True Story of Kindness & Giving

Happiness Resources: Positivity, Kindness & Gratitude

Random Acts of Kindness & Happiness

The Dalai Lama on the Kindness of Others

Random Happiness: Stories of Kindness



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Appalachian Trail Happiness: Precious Moments, all three parts.

Appalachian Trail Happiness: Precious Moments, all three parts

100_0032Here are all three parts of my post on my favorite moments from my thru-hike attempt this past Summer.  I was only able to do 1000 miles but the community, the memories and the friends made it an incredibly special Summer, enjoy and have a happy day my friends ~ Rev Kane



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Holiday Happiness: Resources for Fighting Holiday Depression

Holiday Happiness: Resources for Fighting Holiday Depression

If you don’t think your anxiety, depression, sadness and stress impact your physical health, think again. All of these emotions trigger chemical reactions in your body, which can lead to inflammation and a weakened immune system. Learn how to cope, sweet friend. There will always be dark days. ~ Kris Carr

The holidays are a very stressful time for everyone and an exceptionally hard time for some.  So, until the New Year I’ll be posting a Holiday Happiness post each day to try help folks out who are struggling.  As always you can reach out to me at Happinesskane@aol.com for a kind word or someone to listen. ~ Rev Kane

Hello friends, tonight we continue our posts on holiday depression with a collection of resources that I hope will help you cope if your mood starts to suffer during the holiday season.  Let me be clear, we are not talking about clinical depression.  Clinical depression is a disease that needs serious attention and treatment.  If you are feeling down and not bouncing back after the holiday season then maybe something more serious is going on.  At that point I’d check in with a medical professional and have a conversation.

Practical and Powerful Ways to Overcome Depression – I really love this piece, simple straightforward and sound advice.  Get outside, exercise, get sleep, eat better, ridiculously simple but also highly effective.

Nine effective treatments for overcoming mild depression – I like the way this piece starts out, recommendations for exercise, light therapy and some supplements.  The last couple recommendations are fairly heavy and seem more directed to more serious depression.

From WebMD, 10 Natural Depression Treatments – There is a definite pattern in the advice offered from various resources.  Get the basics right, eat, sleep, safety and security.

This time of year you may also be suffering from the most terribly acronymed issue ever, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).  So this piece is worth a quick read as well, you’ll definitely see some overlap between how to deal with both issues.

7 Tips for Treating SAD at Home


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Holiday Happiness: Overcoming Holiday Depression

Holiday Happiness: Overcoming Holiday Depression

The holidays stress people out so much. I suggest you keep it simple and try to have as much fun as you can. ~ Giada De Laurentiis

1Each year around this time I start a series of posts that last throughout the holiday season to try to give folks a boost to their happiness.  The holidays for many people are wonderful, for most people are stressful and for some of us damn near unbearable.  And yes, I include myself in that last category.

There are certainly elements of the holidays that I enjoy, I love giving good presents. The kind of presents that make people realize I know them and took the time to really think about them and give them something that is very special to them.  I love Thanksgiving, being out in nature, the cooking, the eating, the football watching.  I’ve never been much of a fan of Christmas or New Years, apart from the gift giving.

2I think that there are a combination of things that hit me pretty hard during the holidays.  First, typically being alone and not having immediate community is hard for me during a time of year where everyone makes a huge deal of how wonderful it is to be with the people they love.  And don’t get me wrong, family and friends often invite me into their celebrations and I’ve joined in some.  A friend in Las Vegas does a wonderful open celebration each year at Thanksgiving.  But Christmas is the kicker and there is nothing more awkward than crashing someone else’s Christmas.  New Year’s Eve, amateur night has never been fun for me, too much booze for too many people who don’t drink very often, too often leads to bad situations.  Finally, the shortest days of the year fall all over these holidays as well.  Cold, dark, short days can be real triggers for my mood to tank.

1During this time feel free to reach out by comment or e-mail, Happinesskane@aol.com, if you want a little encouragement, an ear or a kind word, I’m happy to be here for you.  So, as part of an attempt to help others cope a little better, and a bit of therapy to try to keep my own mood afloat I’ll be posting out daily from now until January 1st.  Each post will be designed to lift both my mood and yours and help us have happier days my friends.  ~ Rev Kane

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Happy News: November 23, 2015

Happy News: November 23, 2015

happiness newsTonight our weekly roundup of the type of positive news you don’t normally find on your cable or local news.  Enjoy and as always, have a happy day my friends ~ Rev Kane


aA 97 year-old woman gets her high school diploma


01Free admission to these state parks on Black Friday, November 27th.


01Austria’s Largest State Using 100% Renewable Energy


01Churches offer space, community raises 100K for arson burned mosque

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Happiness is Swimming with Whale Sharks

Happiness is Swimming with Whale Sharks

The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure.          ~ Christopher McCandless

So on passing through Atlanta a couple of months ago I was considering going to the Georgia Aquarium.  While looking at the website for information I saw a tag line for swimming with the whale sharks at the aquarium.  I was very excited, first, I didn’t know any aquarium had whale sharks in captivity and not only did they, but I could swim with them!  I was immediately in and went to the website to schedule only to find out of course, there was a bit of waiting period.  So knowing I would be back through Atlanta in late October I booked a date for my swim with the whale sharks.  Swimming with them has been on my bucket list for a long time, they are the world’s largest fish after all and I still hope to swim with them in the wild, but I couldn’t pass on this opportunity.

The experience was amazing and started of course with a visit to the aquarium and here are a couple of images of the exhibit and the various type of animals in the tank with the whale sharks, and yes those are other sharks as well.  My favorite other critter was the huge manta ray, it was 12 feet across and 18 feet from head to the tip of the tale.  At one point during the swim it came up from behind me and glided past about a foot below me, it was absolutely amazing.


w9 w7 shark shark 2 grouperWe were escorted behind the scenes to check out the tank and get oriented and suited up for the swim.  Here are a couple of shots of the tank and one of a sea turtle that is about to be added to the exhibit.

top view turtleWe then took to the water, the swim is done in a full wet suit with the option of using a breather or a snorkel.  You’re fully buoyant so and swimming quite slowly so no need for weight belts or fins.  Basically you slowly swim around the tank as the fish swim by.  The animals have absolutely no fear of you and I was hoping that one of the other sharks would come close but the closest I got was about 15 feet from a black tip reef shark.  You are not allowed to touch the animals, they are allowed to touch you.  One of the most amazing parts of the swim for me was having an 18 foot whale shark swim right between me and my swim buddy and somehow not bump either of us, they are amazingly graceful creatures.

w8My best friend was along to take photos through the glass so I owe her the photo credit and my thanks for the following shots.  The experience lasted 30 -40 minutes and was amazing, it was so serene and peaceful floating along in the tank with these magnificent creatures all around.  One tip if you are contemplating this for yourself, even if you’re a diver, do the swim.  The divers camp out on the bottom and if you notice in my pics of the tank, the whale sharks typically swim pretty high in the water column so you get much closer on the swim typically, although you may get closer to the other sharks on the dive.  Enjoy the photos and have a happy day my friends ~ Rev Kane

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Some other pieces you might enjoy!

Appalachian Trail Happiness: Precious Moments

Himalayan Travelogue

Happiness is Cycling in Ireland

Happiness is Photography: Burning Man

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