It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Chapter 1, Page 18, Book 18

New Year Day #18

10 Step Program For Happiness

Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctor worry about them. That is why you pay him/her.

Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.

Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. An idle mind is the devil's workshop, The devil's name is Depression.

Enjoy the simple things. When the children are young, that is all that you can afford. When they are in college, that is all that you can afford. When you are on retirement, that is all that you can afford.

 Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath. Laugh so much that you can be tracked in the store by your distinctive laughter.

The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be alive while you are alive.

Surround yourself with what you love, whether it is family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.

 Cherish your health. If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

Don't take guilt trips. Go to the mall, the next county, foreign country, but not to guilt country.

Tell the people you love, that you love them, at every opportunity. AND ALWAYS REMEMBER: Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

Today, may there be peace within you. May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be. I believe that friends are quiet angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly.

Author Unknown 

Step Programs are designed to help drive behavior change with a set of guiding principals outlining a course of action. I was a little surprised, but grateful to see that there is such a Program for Happiness.

You must take the first step. The first steps will take some effort, maybe pain. But after that, everything that has to be done is real-life movement. 

Ben Stein

Each step outlined above will help me as I endeavor to reach my goal but I think all of them are needed.  AA's Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions proclaims, The joy of living is the theme of the Twelfth Step, and action is the key word.  I’d say the same is true for the Happiness Program.    Happiness isn’t going to fall in our laps.  It will take some effort on our part as well.  We need to strengthen our happy muscle.  

Life is a series of steps. Things are done gradually. Once in a while there is a giant step, but most of the time we are taking small, seemingly insignificant steps on the stairway of life. 

Ralph Ransom


jack69 said...

I believe that friends are quiet angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly....................... That is said!!

Love the happy running dude!

Mevely317 said...

What a wonderful picture to accompany the 10-Step Program! #1 made me laugh out loud! Aside from Tom's airplane memorabilia, yes. I've quit worrying what others may think and am surrounded by things I love.


life is indeed a series of steps. "Enjoy the simple things." great picture.