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The Happiness Formula Newsletter
August 30th, 2005
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
> 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
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
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
An Hour of Gratitude
Copyright 2005 by Zelig Pliskin. All rights reserved.
Reprinted with kind permission.
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.
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
"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!"
If you liked this chapter, the previous 6 chapters are available in previous newsletters.
Happiness: The Highest Gift - This award-winning audio book is the classic work on happiness actions – the physical and mental actions that naturally and automatically produce feelings of well-being. It is regularly called “profound.” However, several people have complained about this CD collection. They tell me there is so much good information that they just couldn’t take it all in the first time they listened. (Expect to gain new insights each time you listen.) Outline and Introductory Excerpt Order here
Happy 4 Life is an easy to read and very friendly book on practical happiness methods. Written by Professor Emeritus Bob Nozik, M.D., it contains numerous practical happiness actions you can use to give yourself a happier life. Read excerpts Order here
Food for Thought by Lionel Ketchian (founder of the Happiness Club) is really two treats in one. On the outside, it’s literally a can of happiness—the most fun and unique packages for a book I’ve ever seen. On the inside is a 192 page book of Lionel’s quotations to make you think. Read excerpts Order here
Conversations with Bernie: Health and Happiness (DVD) Noted surgeon, author, and speaker, Dr. Bernie Siegel presents his considerable experience on happiness from his years of working with people in difficult circumstances. This quality DVD contains 2 half-hour happiness presentations that aired on CPTV, the Connecticut PBS station in 2004. You can watch a short excerpt and order here. An 11% discount is available as part of Happiness Kit #4.
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