Tag Archives: happiness

What’s Your Happiness Baseline?

Thought for the Week Have you ever noticed how your happiness baseline—that bundle of things you consider essential for satisfaction—is constantly shifting? That’s because it’s based on what you’re currently used to, and what you’re currently used to is, well, just … Continue reading

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Preparing to Give Thanks

“Remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” ~Epicurus “We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses.” ~Alphonse Karr “Piglet noticed that even though he had a … Continue reading

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Not What I Expected

Thought for the Week It was an unseasonably warm autumn. Not what I expected. But, hey, it gave me a chance to install a bird bath, something my wife had wanted for a long time. And, being a bird-whisperer, she … Continue reading

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Scheduling Happiness

Thought for the Week It was 1987 and, thanks to the tremendous growth of the mutual fund into which I’d wisely poured our money, we were taking our first real vacation together. It was autumn, and so we’d opted for … Continue reading

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On Being Free

Thought for the Week You can never be free in the future. You can only be free in the present. But take heart— it’s always the present. ~MT~

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Are We Happy Yet?

“I can’t wait until I’m financially able to afford who I really am.” ~Unknown “We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do … Continue reading

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How My Life of Happy Materialism Came to an End

Photo by Brandon Green (unsplash.com) When I was a young man, I began searching for the meaning of life. Along the way, I wrote a travel journal, a mix of prose and poetry, and labelled it Fool’s Odyssey. London was so … Continue reading

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A Safe and Cozy Place

A year ago this month, our sense of safety plummeted. Until then, “Be safe” was reserved for anxious mothers sending off their children. But amidst a worldwide pandemic, it became the new “Have a good day,” the new “I care.” … Continue reading

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The Real Thing

“They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is forever worthy of praise!” ~Romans 1:25 Don’t just talk about what’s Real. Show it. Be it.

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Contentment

Thought for the Week During a recent Sunday drive, my wife and I stumbled across this wonderful old covered bridge above. It was an ordinary day (our original plans had fallen through) made special by warm conversation and a light … Continue reading

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