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I could still be amazed

In his book The Frozen Leopard, Aaron Latham explains that it was a “rainy season” in his soul. Seeking a cure for his depression, Latham goes to Africa. There he watches a giraffe and writes, “I felt giddy and elated. Most of all, I was amazed to relearn an old lesson that I had all […]

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Wishing you a happy day—and sending you an Irish blessing! “May your paths bloom with shamrocks, and your heart ring with songs, and the sky smile with bright sunshine all this happy day long.”

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Anticipation

“’Well,’ said Winnie the Pooh, ‘what I like best,’ and then he had to stop and think. Because although eating honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called.”

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The great harmonies

Reinhold Niebuhr, in his book The Irony of American History, talks about happiness as harmony. “Happiness is desired by all men and women; and moments of it are probably attained by most men and women,” Niebuhr writes. “Only moments of it can be attained because happiness is the inner concomitant of the neat harmonies of […]

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Laugh more!

Wit “is a necessary quality of mind for navigating our complicated world,” says James Geary, author of Wit’s End. In other words, laugh more. “To see clearly, look askance,” Geary advises.

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Hug more!

A 2018 study by Carnegie Mellon University found that people who receive hugs feel more positive. They’re happier! In its January 11, 2019, issue The Week magazine also reports that a Harvard study showed that living a healthy, happy life depends more on good friendships than on exercise or cholesterol levels.

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A splendid day

“Splendid” is one of my favorite words, and, for Christmas, I received a splendid mug decorated with a splendid quote. “What a splendid day!” wrote L.M Montgomery, author of Anne of Green Gables. “Isn’t it good just to be alive on a day like this?” –Joy

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Pretty amazing

My son Jay has a new job and a new apartment. My daughter Mary Elizabeth just got back from Frankfurt, where she gave a seminar for a group of German dog trainers. And, my husband Jerry and I are talking to BRIT, the Brittany rescue in Texas, about getting a new dog. Soon, we hope! […]

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Summer mornings and afternoons

“Summer afternoon,” Henry James once said. “Summer afternoon. To me, the two most beautiful words in the English language.” In Dallas, where it can be 80 degrees at 6 a.m. on an August morning, I like to take an early morning walk when it’s still almost dark. It’s cooler. And, during my walk, I can […]

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Flowers and blue skies

I found this bit of wisdom in an article about “mindfulness” in a Weight Watchers’ publication. “Above the clouds the sky is always blue.” My husband Jerry, my daughter Mary Elizabeth and I recently visited the Dallas Arboretum early one morning. And, the flowers and the blue sky did lift our spirits. Flowers and blue […]

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