Jan 25 2013

Happiness That Money Can't Buy

So they say money can't buy happiness.  Right.  It just seems like it should.

Like a lot of families right now, I'm working on trimming my budget, and trying to figure out what things to cut.  I was frustrated last night though, because I still want to be able to have some fun every now and then.  It's not necessarily the experiences of vacations that will make my family happy, but just being together.

When you think about the things that really make you happy, it's nothing that money can buy.  Wondering what it is that makes you truly happy.

For me, it's the moment I come home from work, and open up the door, and I hear my kids gasp, then run straight into my arms welcoming me home.  It's the best part of my day.

I found an article on 10 Things Better Than Money and would love to share it with you. 

Money Laundering - Dollars

1. Life 

It's easy to forget that the mere fact of conscious existence - that you are alive - is itself a miracle. As the old saying goes "every day above ground is a good day." 

2. Health

Rather than thinking of illness as something bad that happens to you, start thinking of health as something good that's happening to you.

3. Purpose

There is nothing more conducive to long-term happiness than knowing that your actions are making the world a better place.

4. Friendship

Almost everyone has friends, although it's easy to lose track of them in the rush of events. Take a few minutes to reconnect with some of them.

5. Family

If you've got a good relationship with your family, rejoice! You're experiencing one of the deepest sources of happiness on the planet.

6. Self-Reliance

Feeling secure that you can count on yourself to accomplish what you set out to accomplish creates a quiet but potent happiness.

7. Community

Having the support of a wider group makes you more aware that you're part of something greater than yourself.

8. Gratitude

Rather than focusing on what you don't have or what's our of reach, be thankful for the wonderful things already in your life.

9. Laughter

It is impossible to laugh and be miserable at the same time. Regular doses of laughter are more than medicine... it's the flavor of life. 

10. Love

'Nuff said.

Create these ten things in your life and I guarantee that you'll either become more wealthy or, if not, you won't really care anyway because you'll already have what's important. 

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Jan 24 2013

It's Never Too Late

Do you have a dream and you feel like that ship has sailed, or that you have too much responsibility now to make it happen?

This story might change your mind.

It's about a woman, Agnes, who was a housewife and stay at home mom with a dream to teach.  So after the kids were raised, at age 61, she went back to school and got her teaching degree.  

She spends her days teaching cooking, sewing and costume making.  But, recently it's become more than that.  At age 99, with no plans of retiring, she is now America's Oldest Teacher. 

She said, "I just love it. It's really great. The kids are really good kids. The Lord will tell me when to stop."

Maybe her passion is the reason she's lived so long.  She has a purpose.  She is fulfilling her dream.

What's a dream that you don't want to give up on? 

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