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August 21, 2007
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Happiness INDEX:
One Minute Tip
Power Quotes
Tips for your Happiness
Tips for your Health
Tips for your Prosperity
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Editor’s Note / Humour / new free books

One Minute Tip:

The Simplest Workout You’ll Ever Do

One of the best – and easiest – things you can do for your health is breathing exercises.

Try this:

Lie flat on your back and focus on your breath. Breathe slowly and deeply. Be aware of your abdomen – feeling it softly rise as you inhale and fall as you exhale.
Keep your mouth closed, and draw the air into your body through the nostrils.
Just breathe deeply into the abdomen, all the way down into your pelvis. Find the rhythm that is fluid, smooth, and relaxing for your body.

Power Quotes:


Life is not a static thing. The only people who do not change their minds are incompetents in asylums, and those in cemeteries.
- Everett McKinley Dirksen


”If I knew I was going to live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself.”
— Mickey Mantle


The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you.
– John E. Southard

Tips for your Happiness:

“Better Relationships: Ten Top Tips”

We all want to get along better with others. Sometimes it just feels so damn awkward with certain people though! Wouldn’t it be great if we knew simple principles that enabled us to experience more satisfying relationships.

The following Top Ten Tips offer you some simple advice that you can begin to apply right now.

1. Remember that however unreasonable someone is acting their behaviour is derived from a positive intention. When you ‘act as if’ all behaviour has a positive intention behind it, through discovering it, your life will become more pleasant. An example: You meet an angry person and you think how childish and silly they are.

But if you were to ask yourself, “what is the positive intention behind this persons angry behaviour?”, you could come up with something useful that allows you to feel more comfortable. For instance people often act angry because behind this they believe it will protect them from harm.

2. When you find yourself feeling uncomfortable in an interaction ‘get some perspective’ by disassociating. In your minds eye see yourself and the other person interacting over there, rather like you would if you were to see a movie of the situation.

3. Step into their shoes. This is one of the most powerful methods for gaining wisdom about your relationships. To begin you imagine communicating with the other person, noticing how they talk, observe their facial expressions and so on. You then ‘step into their shoes’ and see through their eyes and hear through their ears.

So of course you will be looking at yourself! Run through a conversation you’ve had before that could of been better. Notice ’yourself’ and become aware of how seeing things from this other persons perspective gives you knew insights into the relationship. This method is described in more detail in my free mini-course.

4. What assumptions are you making about the other person? Are you willing to challenge those assumptions? Pick one. What is the opposite of that? Eg) Narrow minded/Open minded. Now imagine interacting with the person with this new attitude.

5. Step into the ‘WE’ frame: Think about a person you want to get along with better. Disassociate: Picture both of you interacting in your minds eye. Now allow yourself to find a common purpose between the two of you. Of course if you can’t come up with anything you can always fall back on the fact that you are just two human beings who are trying to experience more happiness.

6. ‘Funify’ your boss (or that irritating colleague): Many people experience difficulties communicating with their boss. It’s often due to being too serious. So here is a simple, quick way to inject the antidote: FUN! Ok, picture your boss or whoever. And then notice their facial features.

What stands out? Is it their nose, their eyes, eye brows, chin? Now you simply exaggerate those features rather like a caricature cartoonist does. Exaggerate and ‘funify’ it in such a way that it makes you laugh or at least feel better towards the relationship.

7. No Failure, Only Feedback (or Learning Experiences.) A really useful way to make beneficial changes is to view everything as a learning experience. So thinking about a relationship you find challenging, notice how you usually respond to the person and then ask yourself, “How else could I respond?” How many different ways could you respond in your interactions? Come up with at least 3 possibilities. This enables your mind to generate more flexibility of behaviour.

8. Often when we experience difficulties in our relationships it is due to focusing on faults. This distorts our perception of the overall relationship, which is really a mixture of good and bad qualities. To re-focus our attention on the bigger picture begin to remember qualities you admire in the other person.

Come up with three, picture them, increase the size of the images and place them around an image of the ‘faulty’ qualities of the person. And remember positive intention, take a look at Tip 1 again!

9. What would be the consequence of staying stuck in the same relationship dynamic with a particular person, say 25 years from now?! The fact is if you want to experience better relationships YOU are going to have to change your viewpoints or attitude.

It’s OK, this can be fairly simple. Imagine stepping into the future 25 years from now and look back at that relationship and notice that it has remained in the same stuck pattern year after year for 25 years! Looking at it like this, acting as if it could really happen, allow your feelings to arise that make you say, “enough is enough I MUST change!”

10. Think of someone you would like to get along with better. Choose someone of medium level “problematic-ness” and then read the follow questions slowly: Isn’t it true that all of the problems that we experience when relating to others is due to OUR feelings? What if we were to change our feelings? This could make things easier didn’t it?

If you want to experience more satisfying relationships you are going to have to gain some new perspectives. Applying one or more of the methods above will help you achieve this more easily!

Colin G Smith is a licensed Master Practitioner of Neuro- Linguistic Programming (NLP) and author of ‘The NLP ToolBox’, a personal development book that enables the reader to master any area of their life with amazing speed. Complete information on Colin G Smith’s books are available at his website, including a FREE personal development mini- course.

Tips for your Health:

Remember What You Can In Quick and Easy Steps

You might have heard of Mnemonics and how they can help you improve your memory.

Mnemonics aren’t difficult or tiresome activities; in fact, it’s as if there’s no pressure when doing the actual memorization because of how simple and pleasant the steps can be. An example of a mnemonic method is the Loci System.

A good scenario when the loci system can be effectively used is when a person has several items or a list needed for immediate remembering. The first important thing to remember when using the loci method is the familiarization of a place and the correct order of locations of the chosen place.

It could be the dining room, bedroom or kitchen at home or a favorite route in the park. It doesn’t matter where, as long as the location can be easily recalled accurately by the doer.

Let’s say, the specific locations are the parking lot, pond, willow tree and the benches in the park. So, let’s pretend the items are umbrella, dog food, cell phone and picnic basket. To associate the items, visualize strongly hundreds of open umbrellas falling down on the parking lot as you find a space where you could park.

Next, as you pass by the pond, you pick up the usual dog food to feed the fish followed by the big willow tree bearing cell phones for fruits and lastly, as you sat by the benches, a picnic basket approaches and sells you what is inside it. Each time you visit the park or any other place you’re strongly familiar with; you can immediately associate the specific locations with any items you need to remember.

When using this method, it’s better to imagine objects in familiar places in bizarre or amusing ways because it helps a lot in retaining information.

Visit the link below to learn more about the Loci System and other memory improvement techniques:

Spouses get more alike

If your husband or wife becomes ill, better see your doctor. Studies published in the British Medical Journal show that if one partner is ill, depressed, or has an ulcer, the other is twice as likely to have the same problem as one with a healthy spouse.

Couples frequently have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and asthma. They are exposed to the same diets and allergens.

But ulcers, for example, are caused by a bacterium that is not contagious. In some cases, there is no explanation.

Tips for your Prosperity:


What do you want? Are you looking for financial security, professional acknowledgment, spiritual attainment? Do you want to fit better socially, or become more expressive creatively? Establish the goal that’s right for you.

Then turn that goal from a dream into a desire. You want to realize that goal, not just wish for it. Aesop said, “Beware that you do not lose the substance by grabbing at the shadow.” Know exactly what you want, then go for it.

Don’t be tricked by your own procrastination – especially if you want to achieve something artistic. The writer Thomas Wolfe wrote, “I had been sustained by that delightful illusion of success which we all have when we dream about the books we are going to write instead of actually doing them.

Now I was face to face with it, and suddenly I realized that I had committed my life and my integrity so irrevocably to this struggle that I must conquer now or be destroyed.”

Can you see what you want? If you want the abundance of material wealth that money provides, what goal will give you that money? Do you want the prestige of owning your own business? What business do you want to begin?

Where are the opportunities for you? Talk to everyone in the business you want to join. Make friends in the literary or art societies in your area. Read books and articles about your field of endeavor. How can you attain your goal?

“If you don’t want to work, you have to work to earn enough money so that you don’t have to work,” wrote Ogden Nash. And isn’t that the way” Money makes money; success breeds success. But not always. How can you break through those thoughts to help yourself to the rewards?

Henry David Thoreau wrote, “I have learned this at least by my experiment: that if you advance confidently in the direction of your dreams, and endeavor to live the life which you imagine, you will meet with success.”

Think big and visualize success. Do you see yourself in a big house? Maybe you picture your artwork hanging in a gallery. Can you feel your book in print and in your hands? How does it feel to be a person of success? Believe that you are; believe that it is in your grasp. That’s what the others did, and that’s how people make it to the top.

Then get down to basics. Be precise. Exactly how much money do you want, and by what date? And exactly what are you going to do to earn that money? Be realistic, but give yourself short-term goals.

Write it down. In six months or one year, you will have how much money. And repeat it until it feels good. Then repeat it twice a day until it swirls in your subconscious, until it becomes your one-pointed goal.

Have you crafted your elevator speech?

It’s a tool used by entrepreneurs to pitch start-ups when they run into a venture capitalist: the 15-second speech.

The phenomenon in the corporate world is now called the “elevator speech.” Self-help promoters say people who want to stand out should have a 15-second self-promo at hand, just in case they find themselves face-to-face with the boss.

The speeches work in elevators, at networking events, and with people and companies pitching ideas or products. (Even single people are coming up with a quick catchy introduction, according to Business Week.)

Corporate trainers report a surge in interest. They advise people to hit hard on the value of what they do. Business Week’s example: “Hi, I’m Claude Monet of software. My masterpieces are written with zeros and ones.” After the speech, the speakers actually introduce themselves.


1. Before getting into your car, ask yourself “Is this trip necessary?”!
2. On short trips, try walking or bicycling. It’s good exercise.
3. Consider car-pooling and share the gas bill and ride.
4. Always use the shortest route and avoid sightseeing trips and bottlenecks.
5. Organize activities and perform as many errands as possible in one trip.
6. If possible, avoid driving during rush-hour & other peak traffic periods.
7. When bargain hunting, check newspaper ads and use your telephone.
8. do they deliver? Let them pay for the gas! Try mail order firms, too.
9. Make a list and do all the grocery shopping once or twice a week.
10. Let the kids run some of the errands. Let them walk to school, too.
11. Public transportation may be cheaper, especially when traveling alone.
12. Pack as little in your car as necessary so it has less weight to carry.
13. Shop around for service stations with the lowest gasoline prices.
14. Check to see if there are “self service” gas stations in your area.
15. Don’t speed. Cars get about 21% more mileage at 55 mph then at 70 mph.
16. Better planning reduces the need for speeding, to get there in time.
17. When starting your car, don’t idle it for more than 30 seconds, even in cold weather. Today’s cars are designed to be driven almost immediately.
18. If you must stop for more than 30 seconds, don’t idle your car. The engine is more fuel efficient if your turn it off and restart it.
19. Drive evenly with a steady foot. Avoid jiggling the accelerator.
20. Keep tires properly inflated at all times. (Check pressure when cold).
21. Use air conditioning only when necessary. Try opening the window.
22. Avoid “jackrabbit” starts. When starting, press accelerator slowly.
23. Avoid panic stops. When possible, coast to stops such as traffic lights.
24. Remove items that cause wind resistance, such as luggage racks.
25. Don’t forget to release the emergency brake before pulling away.
26. Never rev engine before killing it. This wastes gas, wears out cylinders.
27. Keep tuned to radio traffic reports & avoid traffic jams, other delays.
28. Make certain your gas cap fits properly.
29. Use the lowest octane gas that won’t make your engine knock.
30. Use only your right foot for accelerating and braking. That way you can’t accidentally ride the brake and use excessive gas.
31. Shift into high gear as soon as possible. If you have automatic transmission, lift your foot from the accelerator about one second early.
32. Pass other cars as soon as you see you are overtaking them. Don’t wait.
33. Keep your car properly tuned for top fuel efficiency.
34. Keep brakes properly adjusted. Dragging brakes increases resistance.
35. Operate as small a car as possible for your driving needs. (Small cars weighing half as much as large cars use about half as much gasoline!)
36. Avoid cars with gas-consuming options such as air conditioning; power equipment such as window, door locks, etc.; automatic transmission, etc.
37. In hot climates, drive a car with light colored exterior and interior, to reflect light, heat. Tinted glass also prevents heat buildup.
38. Use radial tires for less friction between tire and road.
39. When driving, keep your eyes moving and your feet still!
40. Keep your steering wheel still too. The more you weave back and forth, the farther your car has to travel and the more gas is consumed.
41. Don’t overfill your gas tank. It could leak or spill in heat or on a hill.
42. Use snow tires and/or chains as little as necessary because they make your car work harder and use more gasoline.
43. When you see a hill ahead, build up speed before you reach it, then maintain your speed on the slope. (If you must accelerate on the hill, you will use much more fuel). Then coast down the other side.
44. Keep wheels aligned for better mileage. Longer tire life, too.
45. Record all gas purchases for tax deduction purposes.

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    1. Moms work at work and work at home & dads just go to work at work.

    2. Moms know how to talk to teachers without scaring them.

    3. Dads are taller & stronger, but moms have all the real power ’cause that’s who you got to ask if you want to sleep over at your friend’s.

    4. Moms have magic, they make you feel better without medicine.

    What does your mom do in her spare time?

    1. Mothers don’t do spare time.

    2. To hear her tell it, she pays bills all day long.

    What would it take to make your mom perfect?

    1. On the inside she’s already perfect. Outside, I think some kind of plastic surgery.

    2. Diet. You know her hair. I’d diet, maybe blue.

    If you could change one thing about your Mom, what would it be?

    1. She has this weird thing about me keeping my room clean. I’d get rid of that.

    2. I’d make my Mom smarter. Then she would know it was my sister who did it and not me.

    3. I would like for her to get rid of those invisible eyes on the back of her head.

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