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Today’s quote:

“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.” – E.E. Cummings

There are so many bad things happening in the world today. The country is divided more than ever, with both the Left and the Right going at it on a daily basis. There are terrorist attacks across the globe. Hurricanes, Floods, and Earthquakes rocked the planet this year, causing untold damage and hardship to many. How could anyone be sane after all of these things occurring? Simple, find something to make you laugh on a daily basis.

Laughter is so healing. How do you cultivate this into your day? Read a funny book, watch some funny videos on YouTube, or watch a funny movie. Read jokes and funny quotes. There are so many ways to incorporate laughter into your day.

Obviously, the doom and gloom I mentioned initially is something to be serious about. These are real tragedies that have affected millions, but it isn’t uncaring to simply take a bit to get a good laugh. Yesterday, I had an interesting encounter in the local mall that was spontaneous.

I was walking out of the GNC. My route involved walking around one of the mall’s play areas. There was a mother with three children, two of them were babies. One of her babies was having a fit. I looked down at the child and immediately the child stopped fussing and began laughing. I told the Mom: “Isn’t that always the case. A complete stranger walks up, gives a baby a little attention and their mood changes instantly.” She agreed. I then walked away smiling that I brightened that child’s day simply by paying attention to it for a few seconds.

Laughter is a great thing. I love to laugh. Most of my friends always ask how I can be so happy all the time. It’s simple. I choose to be happy. I choose to laugh. If you are looking for something outside of you to make you happy, you’ll be chasing it the rest of your life. If you want to be happy, just be. It’s your choice. Frankly, I would rather be happy than miserable, happy than sad, happy than angry. Happiness is a great thing.

What if you’re in the dumps you say? What if you’re depressed? These things are real, particularly to the person who is in the throes of depression. I would argue that you can still find a way to find a bright spot in your day to be happy about. One thing I’ve read over and over is the key to breaking the tough times in your life. Simply direct your attention at others. Give of yourself to the community, help out a family member or friend with a project, do something for someone else without any expectation of reward or praise. You’ll find by directing your attention outward your attitude will change as well.

Well, that’s it for today folks.

Until next time…