HAPPINESS – self help books & resources for – RECREATION and LEISURE

self help books & resources for Recreation & Leisure Activities

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Self help books, articles and resources Directory page for Recreation & Leisure. Recreation, Leisure, Sport & Creative Hobby activities resources. These self help suggestions will get ideas flowing for more fun, energy and creativity in your time off.

Your recreation and leisure activities are what charge your batteries when you take time off to do the things you really enjoy in your recreation time.

When did you last have fun? Have you developed a Hobby that you truly love, that allows your creative energy to flow and makes you feel happy every minute that you are engrossed in it? How was your last Holiday?

These self help recreation and leisure suggestions will help to get the ideas flowing for more fun in your time off.

Give yourself a break – take a vacation

I have a theory that once we complete high school, time begins to move faster. My sister, (with a PhD behind her), tends to agree with me on this. Her view is that it has something to do with the earth getting closer to the sun or something along those lines. As a result, there are only 40 minutes available in every hour…

I developed my theory when I noticed that as kids it used to take forever before the commencement of the summer vacation, and it seemed like forever, before we started the vacation again.

Nowadays, we have hardly had time to recover from the previous summer vacation before we find ourselves once again facing another one. The summer vacation begins to resemble a kind of survival trip, between occupational war zones.

In essence, we have lost our ability to see the benefits and the importance of taking a break. Once we finish our formal schooling, our professional commitments seem to keep us totally pre-occupied and ‘busy’, the whole year through.

There seems to be no more time to relax, play or just do nothing like we did when we were kids during school vacation.

Let’s examine this concept of vacation. Have you ever noticed that your best ideas come out when you are in the shower? Or that you become increasingly insightful as each day of the vacation passes by?

This concept has relation as to which function of our brain we use.

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HA14 Give yourself a break – take a vacation By Vered (Tanmayo) Neta

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“Free Party Planner Guide”
Huge collection of Party Planning Articles on how to entertain at home, wine appreciation guide, etiquette tips, cocktail & drink recipes, dinner menu & party recipes and more, moved here from Café Hobson party planner website.

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“How To Make Your Own Candles”
If you want to create a romantic atmosphere from time to time in your house, or if you like the perfumed scent some candles have and you can’t always afford to buy them, you have to know that you can make them yourself, with the help of some advice. Candles are made from old burned candles or from new ones, bought in one pound packs; they are much cheaper that way.

HA251 Lavender – A Treat For The Senses by Colleen Moulding
Originally found in the Mediterranean countries, the perennial herb lavender, has long been prized for it’s perfume and medicinal qualities. Used by the ancient Romans for it’s healing and antiseptic qualities the name itself comes from the Latin “lavare” to wash. As a garden flower lavender is hard to beat, having fragrance, beauty and a harvest of sweet smelling blooms.

HA252 Beautiful Baskets for Decorating and Storage by Colleen Moulding
Collecting baskets whenever you see them throughout the year can also solve lots of gift problems when Christmas rolls around. Fill them will bits and pieces that you know the recipient will love, such as, gardening gloves, seeds, plant labels and a trowel or a video, popcorn and cans of cola or cups and saucers and chocolate dipped spoons.

HA249 Make Your Cut Flowers Last Longer, self help crafts article by Colleen Moulding
Nothing lifts a room like fresh flowers, but they can be expensive. Here are ten tips to help you get the best out of your arrangements.

HA250 10 Easy Ways To Improve Your Family Photographs, self help hobby article by Colleen Moulding
Having a few props ready can make for a fun session. Hats are a favourite with children, but shawls, flowers, baskets and dressing up clothes as well as toys and teddies will all help you compose interesting pictures, especially when children do the unexpected with them!

“Fun Personality Test”
This is a real test given by the Human Relations Dept at many of the major corporations today. It helps them get a better insight concerning their employees and prospective employees.

It’s only 10 simple questions, so… Grab a pencil and paper, keeping track of your letter answers.

The 6 Characteristics of Highly Creative People
If you are unsure how to stir up your creative juices, try different techniques and art forms to see which fits the best in your life. I will paint and then write or dance and then write or plant and paint and craft and make notes in my journal and finally write.

“Guided Meditation Videos”
Meditation for total beginners….

Collection of meditation clips with Tonal relaxation & healing qualities and visuals. Just watch and you will feel amazing afterward.

HA510 Some JOKES, and Tips on How to Tell Jokes for your recreation
Hundreds of clean family friendly homor to Enjoy! Get your free self help book of Humor here too…

Check out the Christmas Fun Guide!

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Apparently, we can see how nature is treated these days. It is a sad thing to know that people do not pay attention so much anymore to the environmental problems.

“Choosing the Best Plants for your Garden”
Many times we buy plants on impulse then find there is nowhere in the garden that really suits them. Before buying plants carefully examine your garden to see how much sun and shade it gets, whether the soil is well drained or waterlogged and whether your aspect is sheltered or windswept.

“In Search of the Best Gardening Tools”
Different kinds of gardens require different kinds of garden tools. Hardware stores mostly cater for a wide range of tools, but there are shops that specialize in the more expensive kind of garden tool that shouts quality. Wherever you decide to shop, here are a few pointers to advise you.

“Butterfly Gardening”
What is butterfly gardening? Simply put butterfly gardening is the art of growing flowers and plants that will attract these colorful and dainty creatures to your garden. Delight your family and visitors with beautiful butterflies, but be sure to create a safe habitat for them.

“Container Gardening Tips for Newbies”
Container gardens can create a natural sanctuary in a busy city street, along rooftops or on balconies. You can easily accentuate the welcoming look of a deck or patio with colourful pots of annuals, or fill your window boxes with beautiful shrub roses or any number of small perennials.

Many people worry a lot when it comes to caring for their plants. When talking about house plants, there is no need to worry. There are just a few things you need to consider.

“Seven Gardening By the Yard Tips”
If you have a tiny yard and would like a simple but well-maintained garden, you only need two things – determination and know-how. Here are some tips on how to keep your garden by the yard looking spruced up and glamorous.

“Online Gardening Catalogues At Your Disposal”
Are you searching for gardening catalogues? What kind of gardening and plants do you prefer to read about? There is a wide selection available online. Here are a few websites that offer gardening catalogues. Check out the URL to see if they are free or not.

“Gardening Gifts for All Occasions”
There is nothing nicer than receiving a gift relating to one’s passion. If your loved one’s passion is gardening, then show your thoughtfulness by giving a gift that will be truly appreciated.

“Gardening Magazines – Some of the Best”
Various gardening magazines are available in the market. But would you like to know which stands out from the rest?

Are you thinking of promoting your gardening website online? This could actually pose a little bit of a problem to you. Let’s face it. On the Internet, searching for gardening websites could yield hundreds, or even thousands of results in just one click.

Herbs have been around since time immemorial and served different kinds of purposes. They have been used to treat illness and flavour cooking; they were even believed to have magical powers.

“Care of the Flower Garden”
Knowing how to care for your flower garden can make a big difference in the look and over-all health of your plants. Here are some simple hints to make your garden bloom with health

“Hydroponics Gardening”
Hydroponics was derived from the Greek word hydro, which means “water” and ponos, which means “labor or water-working”. Hydroponics gardening involves growing plants with their roots in other nutrient solutions and without soil.

“Healthy hands are the Gardener’s Best Tools”
Here are the major reasons why one should consider getting a pair of trusty gardening gloves: Gloves protect your hands from blisters, thorns and cuts while doing rough work like digging or pruning in the garden.

“How to Do Indoor Gardening”
Plants are just as popular as furniture when one is deciding on furniture and soft furnishings. Aside from the aesthetic value plants provide your home with, there are also health benefits – grade school science class tells us that plants cleanse the air through utilizing the carbon dioxide and producing more oxygen.

“3 Tips in Landscaping your Garden”
Landscaping is usually a fairly big task, consuming much time and energy. But before you hire that professional, here are some tips that could save both time and money.

“Modern Gardening Equipment”
The types and quality of equipment you use to take care of your plants not only have an effect on your plants’ health, but your own as well. Defective tools could cause damage to your plants, but it is worse if they are so uncomfortable to use that they give you blisters or a bad back.

“More About Butterly Gardening”
When creating a butterfly garden, the possibilities of what to include in your butterfly garden design are endless. Below are some suggestions to help get you started.

Many people may not be aware that gardening can actually harm the environment. A large amount of carbon dioxide can be released through tilling the soil. This contributes to global warming.

“What’s in Store for National Home Gardening Club Members?”
The National Home Gardening Club offer many benefits to its members. It is said to be the largest home gardening organization with paid membership. For a nominal fee, various benefits are available.

“Six Ticks For Organic Gardening”
Organic gardening is the way of growing vegetables and fruits with the use of things only found in nature. Why would one want to indulge in organic gardening?

“Dealing with Rose Diseases”
To make sure that your prized roses remain in the best of health, simply follow these tips. 1. Black Spots on Leaves

“Safe Pest Control Tips”
Pest control must be done with utmost consideration to safety; safety in terms of the plants, animals and humans. This holds especially true for those with vegetable and organic gardens.

“Vegetable Gardening Tips”
With the costs of living rising all the time, it may be possible to save money and increase your family’s health at the same time by growing vegetables in your backyard. It’s a good idea to choose your favourite vegetables to grow and plan beds for early, middle of the season and late varieties.

“Attracting Birds To Your Garden”
If you could also arrange a place where they could find some food, bird seeds, bread or anything else they might like, that would increase the chances they made an escapade in your garden.

“No-Dig Organic Gardening”
The idea of do-dig gardening was developed by an Australian named Esther Deans. It was originally both developed both as a labor saving idea, and a method to rejuvenate badly depleted soil in a vegetable garden.

“A Garden For The Whole Family”
You can have the most elaborated back yard from the entire neighborhood, but if it isn’t functional you have built it in vain. We all want to have beautiful and flourishing gardens, but when we have a family, we must also take into consideration the needs of the other members of it.

“Growing Your own Vegetables”
I can hear you thinking that you have no idea about growing vegetables. The truth is that you can easily learn enough to be growing useful crops very quickly, and each session spent in your garden teaches you even more

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“A Fireplace In Your Apartment”
A fireplace can be placed in a corner of a room and it could be, for design’s sake, linked with some mounted bookshelves that can total a real bookcase.

“Artificial Bright Light”
If you work in an office, or at home, a good idea is to get a “bright light box.” Bright light boxes are machines that artificially produce light at high intensities, from 5,000 luxes to up to 10,000 luxes.

“Details That Matter – Doors”
We will speak of architecture as if it is made out of color spots or even plastic compositions that go well with each other being perfectly combined with al the other factors in a perfect architectural environment.

“Air Purifiers”
The type of home air purifiers that you use depends on which kinds of home pollutants you’re most worried about. Different air purifiers work on different types of pollutants. Some are better with removing air borne particles and others are better as absorbing odors, cleaning chemical smell and gases. Some of your high end air purifiers will do a equally good job with all types of indoor pollutants

HA247 LIVEN UP YOUR LIVING SPACE by Colleen Moulding
Treat your room to a bunch of flowers from the local market whenever you can afford to and have a look at the marvelous silk versions available now for when you can’t. Change furniture you don’t want to replace by recovering it or hiding it under a throw. Experiment by tucking it in different ways before piling on cushions. Extra large sheets and duvet covers can be ideal for this job.

HA30 Spring Fever is Good Feng Shui! by Jan McCracken
Spring has officially arrived! Along with wild flowers popping their little heads up and hills of lush green comes “spring fever”! Spring fever can be a very good thing and I associate spring fever with good Feng Shui!

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“Eleven Rules for Walking Your Dog”
When we walk our dog, no matter the destination – on the city streets, in parks or in open spaces – it is necessary that he respects the disciplinary rules settled before and learned, to avoid getting into problems with other animals or people we meet.

“About Pet Obesity”
Obesity as commonly perceived is not just a problem with human beings. It is prevalent in animals, both wild and pet.. In case of animals it is mostly found in pets.

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“A Little About Cookies . . . self help article by Jan McCracken”
Cookie baking is an easy skill to master. Even if you are not an experienced baker, you can turn out fast and festive treats! If your budget is tight but your heart wants to give something special whether it’s for a birthday or just a little “cheer-up” gift ~ spend a morning baking cookies! It will warm your heart and it is guaranteed to bring a smile and a hug!

HA226 Add Some Fun to Your To Do List self help article by Maria Gracia
If you had to categorize each task or project into work or fun, which way would the scale tip? For most people, To Do lists contain work affiliated activities — whether they are business related or household chore related. When you’re making your To Do list, don’t only include those items that you HAVE to do.

“Dating Ideas For the Clueless”
First dates never cease to be the one of the most thrilling events in one’s life. However, dating can become boring if one allows it to be. Here are a few great dating ideas that will make your time interesting.

“First Impression: Advice For That First Date”
First dates are tough situations. Often they can end up being painfully awkward. So what do you do? Here is a list of dating tips to help you and your date get started on the right foot:

“Astrologically Correct By Jan McCracken aka Jannie Mac”
Are you wondering what your favorite Gemini or Virgo would REALLY like for a special surprise, a birthday or holiday gift? Here are some “little astrological secrets” for SHOPPING ACCORDING TO THE STARS!

“Stress Busters, self help article by Tracie Johansen”
It seems we never have enough time to get everything done.You run all day and just when you think you can relax something else comes up. Here are a few ways to ease your everyday stress that only takes a few minutes, but will make your life a little easier.

“When Stress Takes Over, self help article by Brigitte Synesael”
All through time, stress has played a role in our lives. The challenged economic environment that we live in today is a perfect recipe for stress overload in many individuals

HA238 “It’s Child’s Play!” – Children’s Activities A to Z parent & child carers free games and arts & craft projects for kids.

“Happy Holidays – shared or solo Recreation ‘time off’”

“Some ‘self help’ jokes to try on for size”

“Cell phone Wallpaper”

“The amazing technology of Cell Phones”

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“3 Secrets of Magicians”
Magicians have their secrets but they won’t tell. It’s a sworn oath for magicians not to tell the audience how a trick is done. There are 3 secrets though that they’ve shared all throughout the years.

“5 Tips on Improving Your Tricks”
A magician is an artist. Every trick is a masterpiece and every trick requires a lot of patience and time to learn. Here are some tips to help you improve your tricks.

” A Bit of the History of Magic”
One could enjoy watching magicians perform their amazing tricks. Whether they are in a circus, in a school program, a friend’s birthday celebration, or in a favorite television show, magicians are among today’s top entertainers.

” Agents for magicians, should they stay or go poof?”
Some magicians hate agents, while some like them. What is better: having an agent or not having one? Which is which? Believe it or not, the decision actually depends on you. For some, getting agents is a very touchy subject.

” Becoming a Magician”
Considering a career as a magician may not be an easy task, but it’s not impossible. Just follow these tips.

” Different Paraphernalia used in Performing Magic”
David Blaine and David Copperfield’s popularity have inspired a lot of people to learn magic. And with that, there are also a number of stores that sell magic paraphernalia for those who would like to learn the art of magic.

Your techniques and strategies in carrying out your trick is one of the most important qualities of a good magician.

Perhaps, if you are a never-heard type in the class or in a circle of friends and would like to be in the limelight and attract everybody else’s attention, magic tricks are the way to accomplish it!

” A Magician’s Oath”
A magic trick is created to amuse and mesmerize an audience who comes to the show knowing that all the tricks are not real and have fun because they can’t figure out how the magic was done. You won’t see a magician exposing magic mainly because telling how a magic was done is to kill the thrill and fun in watching them.

” Being Good With Magic”
In medieval times, magic was associated with sorcery and witchcraft. People who possessed such a talent or gift were considered as heretics and were burned at the stake.

” What is black magic?”
Black magic is known as a type of magic that is used to accomplish wicked things. One usually uses black magic in order to harm somebody. As such, black magic can be used for one’s personal and selfish gains.

” Unfolding the Mystery of Black Magic”
Magic is defined as a supposed natural prowess of making the impossible seem possible. It can give a person the power to control someone else.

” Agents for magicians, should they stay or go poof?”
Some magicians hate agents, while some like them. What is better: having an agent or not having one? Which is which? Believe it or not, the decision actually depends on you. For some, getting agents is a very touchy subject.

” Magic Trick for Free”
There is a number of fun and easy-to-do magic tricks which a budding magician can learn to perform.

” A Brief History of Magic”
With magic, illusions, spells, tricks and ceremonials are usually performed for entertainment. It is a supernatural power which makes the seemingly impossible occur.

” How to Land a Gig as a Magician: When Reality Strikes”
Magic is the art of diverting the attention of the audience by creating an illusion that amuses them and creates an impact that something extraordinary had been performed. The act is definitely entertaining. Nevertheless, the reality is that it is just an illusion.

” Landing gigs as a magician”
As a wedding magician, you can have great opportunities in marketing your skills. There are many ways for you to do that.

” Landing Gigs as a Wedding Magician”

” Learning the Tricks: Box Tricks”

” Learning the tricks: Buy or make your props”

” Learning Paper Tricks”

” Learning the Tricks: Rope Tricks”

” Learning the tricks: Buy or Make Your Props”


” Wanted: Magician Job”

” Magic: The Science of Illusion”

” The Tricky Connections of Magic and Stage Presence”

” Guidelines for a Good Magician”

” Psychology of Magic Management to Improve Your Business”

” Guidelines for a Good Magician to Follow”

” Magic Show Tips”

” The Art of Magic”

” The Joy from a Magic Show”

” When are Spells Performed?”

” Magic Ritual Spells, Do They Work?”


” Learning the Tricks: Other Miscellaneous Tricks”

” To be or not to be a Professional or an Amateur Magician”

” Should you have an assistant?”

” It’s Showtime!”

” Magic for Beginners”

” Finding your gigs”

” Promotional Materials”

” Liability Insurance in Magic Shows is an Asset”

” Sound equipment in magic shows: a must if you want to be seen and heard”

” The business side of magic shows: The media and advertising”

” The Business Side of Magic Shows: What about Costumes & Makeup?”

” Magic Tricks”

” Types of Magic Tricks”

” Magic Cards”

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