I recently overheard a conversation about the apparent sorry state of the world. According to one lunch counter philosopher life is unfair, there is nothing good on TV, every politician in the local/state/national government is a greasy palmed crook, and people in general are just no %#$@! good.
You know the kind of conversation I mean.
Fortunately, I don’t buy all that. Granted, I gripe about politics, though I know some very sincere politicians. Sometimes there doesn’t seem to be anything I particularly want to watch on TV, but I know where the ON/OFF switch is, and I can read.
In other words, short of living in the wild west at the turn of the century (OK, I’m a romantic) I wouldn’t trade my life for anyone else’s, even in these days (whatever “these days” means). And I think I may have a cure for those folks who really want a more positive outlook on life. I call it:
FORTY SURE FIRE WAYS TO BE HAPPY
1. Splash in a mud puddle.
2. Learn to play a harmonica.
3. Run over an accordion with a truck.
4. Send your husband/wife/boyfriend/girlfriend flowers for no reason at all.
5. Sing – and sing loud – whether you can carry a tune or not.
6. Take a class in something you are interested in, just because you want to.
7. Rent a copy of you child’s (or your) favorite cartoon DVD, pop some popcorn, and have a ball.
8. Take some time for yourself and just listen to some good music. (Good = whatever you like).
9. Walk in the rain. (Goes great with #1).
10. Watch a Marx Brothers movie.
11. Call a friend you haven’t talked to in a long time just to say hello. (E-mail doesn’t count).
12. Pick some wildflowers for yourself.
13. Run over a set of bagpipes with a truck.
14. Write a love letter to that “someone special.” (If you’re married, your spouse would be an excellent choice)
15. Spend some time with the folks you love; do something they would like to do.
16. Leave the toilet seat down.
17. Don’t sweat the small stuff.
18. Remember: next to nuclear war and Jesus coming back, it’s all small stuff.
19. Read a romance, adventure, action, thriller, spooky, or science fiction book just for the fun of it.
20. Color in a coloring book.
21. Leave the toilet seat up.
22. Go to the library.
23. Watch a group of children at play.
24. Scratch a puppy behind the ears.
25. Buy a goldfish.
26. Join a club.
27. Find something to believe in.
28. Hug somebody every day.
30. Watch a sunrise.
31. Watch a sunset.
32. Make a batch of cookies for a neighbor.
33. Close the door, put on your favorite record/CD/MP3, and dance like a maniac.
34. Count your blessings and thank God for them.
35. Order a peanut butter and jelly pizza just to see what happens.
36. Pay for a stranger’s meal at a restaurant and make sure they don’t know who did it. Have the waiter/waitress write “someone you’ve never met just wanted to do something nice for you. Have a nice day” on the check.
37. Blow some bubbles.
38. Skip rocks down at the local pond or lake.
39. Buy a paddle ball (you know … one of those balls attached to a paddle with a rubber band) and try to get to one hundred whacks without missing or putting your eye out.
40. Tape the postage paid reply card from a piece of junk to a brick and send it back to the company. You won’t be on the mailing list very long.