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Bit of Happy #142: Ohhhh, the memories!

13 Apr

“Memory… is the diary that we all carry about with us.”
-Oscar Wilde

Memories… Like the first time we road down the sidewalk without training wheels and didn’t fall. Or the time we made a huge step toward finding our true passion in life. Or the first time we got that flutter in our heart from the person we were destined to spend the rest of our life with. Like a diary, all of these are incredible memories that we carry around with us each and every day. Though we may not take the time to revisit them daily, they are never far from our minds, or our hearts.

Today’s quote by Oscar Wilde is an imaginative take on our gift of remembrance. Along with the good memories, some difficult ones are intertwined – ones that we may avoid thinking of. Though, something I’m willing to bet is: despite that these memories may be ones we’d like to skip over, they are also the ones that we have either learned from, grew from, or chose a different path of life because of. These are the life lessons that if you hadn’t endured, you wouldn’t be you! So, with that said… when opening your diary of life, don’t be afraid to celebrate all of your memories!

Happy Wednesday!

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Bit of Happy #137: It’s All About The Attitude

6 Apr

“Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than success, than what other people think, say or do. It is more important than appearance, gift or skill. It will make or break a company, a church, a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you, we are in charge of our attitudes.”
– Charles Swindoll

A bright perspective on a truly important aspect of life, Charles Swindoll shares a very powerful message with us. Throughout life, I have certainly crossed paths with times of doubt, times of helplessness. There have been times that I felt like I wasn’t good enough or didn’t try my absolute hardest.

With this in mind, I wish I had found today’s quote sooner. I want to put it right above my bed so that every morning when I wake up, I am reminded of how I should go through each day. 10% of life is what happens to me, and 90% of it is how I react to those occurrences – what an incredible outlook! You can choose to smile about all of the things and people you have in your life, or you can choose to focus on what you don’t have. You can choose to allow unfavorable things that happen defeat you, or you can pick yourself up and throw that smile right back on your face.

Life all comes down to attitude. Are you open-minded and energetic about each situation you walk into? Or are you one to always point the finger and look at the negative first in each experience? Your reaction to what life brings is what ultimately determines the quality of each day you’re given. Given that 90% in life, you have all of the power in the world, and what you make of that power is completely up to you.

What do you think of today’s quote by Charles Swindoll?

Bit of Happy #109: Just Right

25 Feb

“Sometimes someone says something really small, and it just fits right into this empty place in your heart.”
-Winnie Holzman

Have you ever experienced those moments in life when someone says something to you, and it’s exactly what you needed to hear in that moment? Sometimes I feel like there are angels on Earth that come and rescue me in my times of need. Who know all the right things to say to give me the hope and strength I need to carry on. And I love nothing more than to be able to return the same clarity to the people I care about most, and even strangers.

Give more than you take. And help more than need. If the world focused a little more on ‘give’ and ‘help’ and a little less on ‘take’ and ‘want,’ I think we would have a more gracious life with a much brighter future. Like the sun’s rays sifting through the pine trees, a compliment, words of advice or a kind gesture has the power to fill the empty place in someone’s heart. It has the power to bring hope, joy and reassurance in their time of doubt or hardship.

Kind words can be an irreplaceable gift. And sometimes those words are all a person needs to find their inner strength – their drive to keep fighting. To keep breathing. To keep living. To me, there’s no better sense of success than helping people find the light that was always there to begin with. I live for those moments.

Did today’s quote inspire you to reach out to others?

Has someone ever said the perfect thing just when you needed to hear it?

Bit of Happy #74: Merry Christmas EVE!

24 Dec

“Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing. Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.”
-Mother Teresa

I hope everyone is having a good Christmas Eve so far and has an amazing Christmas Day tomorrow! May all of you spend it with the people who mean the most to you.

Thought I’d share this quote today to help everyone get in the holiday spiirt – the spirit of giving. And one of the best things about this quote – just a simple smile can go a long way. Showing love and cheer to all you meet is a special gift. And a smile can do just that.

I’m going to go help with Christmas dinner, but I just wanted to post a quote for today before spending the rest of the night with my family.

Again, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Bit of Happy #67: A Little Holiday Cheer

15 Dec

“The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.”
-Mark Twain

I thought this quote was very appropriate for this time of a year – the season of giving. Last week, the company I work for adopted about a dozen or so families from the Adopt-A-Family program. It was an incredibly nice gesture and an easy way for all of us to make a difference.

Bringing cheer to others is the best way to get yourself in the holiday spirit – to me, at least. There’s no better feeling than being able to help others, especially during this time of year. A time that should be happy. A time that, unfortunately… isn’t always so happy. For others going through a difficult time, you can be the one to make the difference in their holiday. And with the help of others, a little can go a long way.

So in addition to adopting a family for the holiday, I have another  5 ways you can bring cheer to others and yourself:

Support the troops with some Christmas spirit. There are tons of organizations out there. From cheering up a soldier who won’t be able to spend Christmas with his or her family to relieving military families of the cost of a Christmas tree this holiday, you can make a difference and put a smile on someone’s face. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Operation Ensuring Christmas focuses on bringing Christmas cheer to the children who were left behind from all of the losses since 9/11.
  • Trees for Troops, an organization that provides Christmas trees to military families all around the globe. There is an incredibly touching news story by NBC, highlighting some of the families who have received trees through this organization.
  • Send Santa To The Troops presents the opportunity to send Christmas cards, letters and care packages to soldiers stationed all over the world.

Donate to a canned food drive. At this time of year, there are canned food drives held all around your community. Even if everyone in the community could spare just one can of food, what a difference it could make! Check schools, companies and various community centers for drives. Another helpful tip, check with your local Food Bank at FeedingAmerica.org for additional guidance.

Donate blood. There is no greater gift than the gift of life. Give blood to those who are less fortunate than you. Those who may be spending Christmas in the hospital or emergency room. Give cheer and feel cheerful, knowing your ability to save lives by taking a little time out of one of your days. Go to RedCross.org for more information on how to donate.

Volunteer at a soup kitchen. Find a local soup kitchen near you and contact them for ways to donate or help out for a day or evening. Helping those who are less fortunate is an irreplaceable feeling, and a great way to get in the Christmas spirit.

Send Christmas cards to family and friends. To me, at least, nothing is more cheerful than receiving and giving homemade Christmas cards! But with busy schedules, I know better than anyone that there never seems to be enough time. Lucky for us, there are tons of websites that allow you to personalize your Christmas cards and print them at reasonable prices!

  • VistaPrint: 10 cards starting at $3.99
  • 123Print: All Christmas Cards 50% off, plus free shipping.
  • Shutterfly: Save 20% on Christmas Cards.

 

There are many, many ways to give back to your community and the world during the holiday season. Spreading cheer to others certainly isn’t limited to these 5 ways, but it’s certainly a start in getting some good ideas together! I really encourage you to spread some cheer this holiday if you haven’t already. And get your family and friends involved too! There’s no greater feeling or gift than helping others – seeing a smile on another’s face, knowing you put it there.

Happy Holidays, everyone! (And I’m sure this will not be the last time I say this between now and Christmas.)

Christmas Countdown: 10 more days!

Does anyone have any other great ideas or ways to spread holiday cheer to others?

*Note: If you go through websites to do any of these donations, be sure to check that it is a credible one. Unfortunately, that is something we have to be careful of.

Bit of Happy #53: Count Your Blessings

25 Nov

Rocking Chair by a Warm Fire, December 2009

“Blessed are those who can give without remembering and receive without forgetting.”
-Anonymous

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone! I hope each of you takes a few moments at some point today to recognize all of the wonderful things you have in life. Family, friends, a roof over your head, food to eat, a warm bed to sleep in are just scratching the surface. Look around you and take the time to count all of your blessings. And if they are specific people, let them know how grateful you are for them to be in your life.

I came across this quote today, actually. I was in search for a great Thanksgiving Day quote and felt this one fit perfectly! I loved the sense of selflessness, “give without remembering,” and appreciation, “receive without forgetting,” that can be learned from this quote. By giving without regard to oneself, you learn to be selfless. By receiving from others and never forgetting that gift, we learn to appreciate. I think if we all try to live a little more by this quote, there will be a lot more happy to spread around!

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