Isaiah 6:8

8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Don't Worry - Be Happy....Yeah Right!

The end of the school year is dwindling down...and I find myself stressed. So I picked up a magazine in our school library and found this little ditty I just had to share with you today...about being happy.

One of my least favorite songs is Bobby McFerrin's refrain, "Don't Worry, Be Happy". Dr. Phillip Humbert recently had the opportunity to observe people's reactions when a highway was closed because of an accident ahead. As he waited, he watched as some listened to radios, a few began tossing a Frisbee, other's seemed to be working or reading, and others opted for a quick nap. But, there were also a handful who were clearly agitated and angry. Pacing about, swearing, and upset, they decided that the best response to this event, which none of them could control, was to be very unhappy. He was reminded of Abraham Lincoln's comment that, "Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be." I had to agree with this so far. I was stuck in a three hour delay on I-65 just outside of Warrior, AL several years ago. My singing partner and I were on our way to Nashville. We didn't get angry...we simply rolled down our windows, cut off the air conditioner in the car and then played our guitars and sang. After a little bit...people were actually requesting numbers from was a riot. When traffice started up was kind of sad to see our audience go. Anyways...Dr. Humbert shares with us the following Top 10 Tips to increase happiness in your life:

You have to decide to be a happy person. As Lincoln observed, most people, most of the time, can choose how stressed or happy, how troubled or relaxed they want to be. Choose to be happy.

1. Watch and Read less news. As a recovering news addict, I know this can be difficult because the stock market fluctuates, politicians politic, and sports teams compete. But, most of the time, you don't need the stress. So, just don't watch. I think it was Henry Thoreau who noted that if you've ever read about a train wreck, you understand the principle and don't need to know any more about it.

2. Practice the Attitude of Gratitude. We all have so much to be grateful for. Just thanking the many people who assist us, encourage us, teach us and open doors for us could take all day!

3. Take Time. My dog has taught me much about loyalty, about noticing the sights, sounds, and smells in the yard, about being relaxed and about play. Eat when you're hungry, nap when you need it. Get your ears scratched whenever possible!

4. Laugh everyday. Hear a joke, tell a joke, laugh at yourself, laugh with your friends and family and co-workers. There are very few medicines as powerful as laughter, and I don't think you can over-dose, although it is addicting!

5. Love well. Express your affection, appreciation, friendship and warmth to those around you, and they will almost always respond in the most amazing ways! Be generous--it pays great dividends!

7. Work hard. This one comes as a bit of a surprise, but there is tremendous satisfaction in being competent, and joy in completing our assigned tasks. One of the great sources of happiness is to do work that is worthy of you, and to do it well.

8. Learn something new, everyday. To be happy, most of us must also be growing, expanding, learning and challenging ourselves. Read, listen, adapt and stretch to accommodate new ideas and new information.

9. Use your body as it was designed. Walk and run, stretch, throw things, and lift things. Dance! Exercise is good, but so is making love, mixing up a batch of cookies, or exchanging backrubs. You have a body and it can be either a source of joy, or a source of aches and pains. Your choice.

10. Avoid toxins. I prefer writing positives (things to do) rather than negatives (things to fear), but reality says there are negative people and there are bad chemicals, stressful noises, and unsafe places. Don't go there! Avoid poisons whenever possible. It seems to work out better that way.

Dr Philip E. Humbert is an author, speaker and personal success coach. Dr Humbert has hundreds of tips, tools and articles on his website that you can use for your own success! It's a great resource! Visit him on the web at: And, be sure to sign up for his great newsletter! I did...and find him most encouraging. I don't know that I would want a daily dose of positive...and happy...but a good cleansing dose a couple of times a week does the trick. So, with that said...Happy Wednesday!


Anissa said...

Wonderful post thanks for sharing! I need to have learn patience -- I've gotten alot better.

Beverly said...

Thanks for this insightful post. I appreciate all the creative things I see on many blogs, but it's nice to have something given to me that makes me think. I have much to be grateful for and I need to remember that more often.

Mary said...

I have been almost completely news-free since 2002!! When my husband deployed right after sept 11th, I was obsessed, and so was everyone in his they would always call me with what they saw/read. I finally said no more...and have been extremely happy ever since :o)