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The Happiness Formula Newsletter

August 30th, 2005

 

 

Happiness using “The Jackrabbit Factor”

If you liked the book, “Jonathan Livingston Seagull,” I’ve got something very special to share with you. It’s a wonderfully inspiring book called, The Jackrabbit Factor. It’s a tale so pertinent to our working-lives you’ll think the book was written about you, your struggle to make a living, and how you can transform your work life into a source of meaning and abundance.

 

Oh, how I wish The Jackrabbit Factor would have been available when I desperately needed it 20 years ago. I’m so pleased to be able to introduce you to this treasure. It becomes available on Tuesday, August 30th, 2005. Find out more.

 

Automatic Happiness?

The real power of learning happiness actions is to become so used to doing them that they become automatic. Once they’re automatic, you find yourself happier…automatically. This is a powerful concept, and if you’re determined to become happier, it’s what lies in your future. Author Dan Robey helps you learn a collection of life-changing habits using this very concept of automation. Check out his book The Power of Positive Habits.

 

A Special Thank You

In the previous newsletter I asked for feedback to see how I could best serve you. Many of you responded with useful suggestions that I’ll be implementing as I can. Thank you to everyone who was kind enough to help. Mary P. is the winner of the Happiness: The Highest Gift CD collection for her plethora of useful suggestions.

 

The (Happy) Russian’s Are Coming!!!

What I didn’t anticipate when I asked for feedback about this newsletter and website was that I’d strike up a conversation with a happiness advocate in Belarus (near Russia). I’m pleased to announce Olga Shtykova will be translating this newsletter, making it available in the Russian language. Please tell all your Russian friends.

 

Happiness Translations Sought

Prompted by Olga Shtykova’s Russian translation, I am seeking experienced translators who’d be willing to translate this newsletter into other languages in an effort to spread happiness throughout the world.

 

Kindest wishes,

 

Julian Kalmar

jkalmar@thehappinessformula.com

 

 

Contents

 

>       Happiness Through Meaningful Activity by Julian Kalmar

>       Meditative Happiness Through “Preparing Food” by Pragito Dove

>       Zelig’s Happiness Corner - Gratitude for when things do work well by Zelig Pliskin.

>       As A Man Thinketh – Chapter Seven – Serenity by James Allen

>       Happiness Products

>       Subscription Info.

 

 

Health is the greatest gift,

contentment the greatest wealth,

faithfulness the best relationships.

—Buddha*

 

 

Happiness Through Meaningful Activity

Copyright 2005 by Julian Kalmar. All rights reserved.

 

What we find meaningful is a powerful source of happiness.

 

Make yourself a list of activities that have caused you to feel peaceful, gratified, proud of yourself, fulfilled, spiritual, joyful, kind, close, or any other deeply positive feeling. Do at least one of these activities every day.

 

More happiness actions—like meaningful activity—can be found in the award-winning

Happiness: The Highest Gift

 

 

Life is mostly froth and bubble,

 Two things stand like stone,

Kindness in another's trouble,

 Courage in your own.

-Adam Lindsay Gordon

 

 

Preparing Food

 Copyright 2005 by Pragito Dove. All rights reserved.

Reprinted with kind permission.

 

Bring your full awareness to what you are doing. If possible, don’t talk.

 

Whether you are chopping vegetables, preparing a sauce, or mixing pancake batter, bring a quality of awareness to the food and to the people you are preparing the food for, and especially, yourself.

 

Savor the smells, textures, aromas, and tastes of the different ingredients. Become aware of your body. Relax it. Feel your feet on the ground.

 

As the food will probably be going in your body, listen to the wisdom of your body. Is it happy about what you are preparing?

 

This shift in attention can transform how you feel about preparing food, eating it and about yourself and those you cook for.

 

Pour love for yourself and for those you are cooking for in with the ingredients, mix well and notice the results.

 

Pragito Dove M.A., C.C.H. is an author, speaker and teacher in the areas of laughter, tears, creativity, stress-management and meditation. Her book "Lunchtime Enlightenment: Meditations to Transform Your Life NOW – at Work, at Home, at Play" (Penguin) is available here: http://www.pragito.com/bookscds.html

 

 

If you don't find God in the next person you meet,

it is a waste of time looking for him further.

—Mahatma Gandhi*

 

 

Zelig’s Happiness Corner

 

An Hour of Gratitude

Copyright 2005 by Zelig Pliskin. All rights reserved.

Reprinted with kind permission.


There is a powerful exercise that will greatly help you upgrade your level of gratitude. Designate an hour a day to be your hour of gratitude. During this hour keep your focus on gratitude.

Isn’t an hour a long time to do this? Yes, it is. When you actually do this exercise for a month, you will find the benefits so great that you will judge the effort to keep it up for an hour a day tremendously worthwhile.

And what about spending an hour a day focusing and thinking about what you don’t like, what you are unhappy about, what you are resentful about, what you are envious of, what you find frustrating, what’s not happening that you want to happen, what might go wrong in the future (also known as worrying), what has already gone wrong in the past. Isn’t an hour a long time to spend on thinking these thoughts? Yes, it is. And many people would find it a great blessing to only think these thoughts for just one hour a day and the rest of the day to think more pleasant and enjoyable and beneficial and growth-oriented thoughts. Making a resolution to designate an hour a day reserved for thoughts of gratitude will make it easier for you to overcome a tendency to think thoughts that create stress and distress.

“But I don’t have that many things to be grateful for,” some people might argue. “You would be surprised!” is the answer. Try it out and you will find that you have much more to be grateful for than you usually are aware of.

If you go to a store to buy something, be grateful that the store is there. Be grateful that you have the money to buy what you want to buy, or that someone is willing to lend you the money, or that a store is willing to give you credit.

If you meet someone you know, be grateful that you have people who are friendly towards you.

If the telephone rings, be grateful that you can hear.

If you see anything, be grateful that you can see.

If you have food to eat, be grateful for that food.

If you read something, be grateful that your brain is functioning and you know how to read.

If you smile to yourself in a mirror, be grateful that you have the positive feedback that will help you master positive states.

If you begin to feel irritated or upset over something and remember that this is your hour of gratitude, be grateful that your memory is working and that you have things to be grateful for and that you can access a gratitude state rather than an unpleasant one.

If someone else needlessly makes a negative comment, you can say, “This is my hour of gratitude, and I would be very grateful to you if you could point out some things we can be grateful for during this hour.”

 

Rabbi Zelig Pliskin—one of the world’s foremost happiness experts—has graciously allowed this excerpt from his book, “Thank You!” available from ArtScroll ($8.99).

“Thank You!” was ArtScroll’s best-selling book in May 2005.

 

 

Live your life so that the fear of death can never enter your heart.

When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the morning light.

Give thanks for your life and strength.

Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living.

And if perchance you see no reason for giving thanks,

rest assured the fault is in yourself.

—Chief Tecumseh, Shawnee Indian Chief

 

 

As A Man Thinketh – Chapter Seven

“Serenity”

by James Allen

 

Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom. It is the result of long and patient effort in self-control. Its presence is an indication of ripened experience, and of a more than ordinary knowledge of the laws and operations of thought.

 

A man becomes calm in the measure that he understands himself as a thought-evolved being, for such knowledge necessitates the understanding of others as the result of thought. As he develops a right understanding, and sees more and more clearly the internal relations of things by the action of cause and effect, he ceases to fuss and fume and worry and grieve, and remains poised, steadfast, serene.

 

The calm man, having learned how to govern himself, knows how to adapt himself to others; and they, in turn, reverence his spiritual strength, and feel that they can learn of him and rely upon him. The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. Even the ordinary trader will find his business prosperity increase as he develops a greater self-control and equanimity, for people will always prefer to deal with a man whose demeanor is strongly equable.

 

The strong calm man is always loved and revered. He is like a shade-giving tree in a thirsty land, or a sheltering rock in a storm. Who does not love a tranquil heart, a sweet-tempered, balanced life? It does not matter whether it rains or shines, or what changes come to those possessing these blessings, for they are always sweet, serene, and calm. That exquisite poise of character which we call serenity is the last lesson culture; it is the flowering of life, the fruitage of the soul. It is precious as wisdom, more to be desired than gold - yea, than even fine gold. How insignificant mere money-seeking looks in comparison with a serene life - a life that dwells in the ocean of Truth, beneath the waves, beyond the reach of tempests, in the Eternal Calm!

 

"How many people we know who sour their lives, who ruin all that is sweet and beautiful by explosive tempers, who destroy their poise of character, and make bad blood! It is a question whether the great majority of people do not ruin their lives and mar their happiness by lack of self-control. How few people we meet in life who are well-balanced, who have that exquisite poise which is characteristic of the finished character!"

 

Yes, humanity surges with uncontrolled passion, is tumultuous with ungoverned grief, is blown about by anxiety and doubt. Only the wise man, only he whose thoughts are controlled and purified, makes the winds and the storms of the soul obey him.

 

Tempest-tossed souls, wherever ye may be, under whatsoever conditions ye may live, know this - in the ocean of life the isles of Blessedness are smiling, and sunny shore of your ideal awaits your coming. Keep your hand firmly upon the helm of thought. In the bark of your soul reclines the commanding Master; He does but sleep; wake Him. Self-control is strength; Right Thought is mastery; Calmness is power.

 

Say unto your heart, "Peace, be still!"

 

The End

 

If you liked this chapter, the previous 6 chapters are available in previous newsletters.

 

 

Finish every day and be done with it.

You have done what you could;

Some blunders and absurdities crept in;

Forget them as soon as you can.

Tomorrow is a new day;

You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit

to be encumbered with your old nonsense.

—Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 

Happiness Products

 

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Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared

believe that something inside them was superior to circumstances.

—Bruce Barton*

 

 

* Special thanks to Sid Madwed’s website for ready access to these quotations.

 

 

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