Exploring and Encouraging a Healthy Life Marked with Joy

Archive for December, 2013

Happy and Joyful Most of the Time

I love this encouraging message from Rhonda Byrne (of The Secret fame):


It is possible to be happy and joyful most of the time. You just have to look at little children and see their natural joy. You may say that little children are free and don’t have anything to worry about, but you are free too! You are free to choose worry or to choose joy, and whatever you choose will attract exactly that. Worry attracts more worry. Joy attracts more joy.

Rhonda Byrne
The Secret… bringing joy to billions


Say Yes!


I submit for your consideration, Faithful Blog Followers, that the word “Yes” is perhaps the most powerful word in our vocabulary.  It’s sort of Youthful and Exciting and Sassy.

It makes me want to Yell and Express my True Self and Sing!

Say it out loud right now (if you can).


Doesn’t that feel good?  (Say “Yes.”)

As we are saying goodbye to 2013 and welcoming 2014, I encourage you to come up with a List of That Which You Desire to say “Yes!” to in this new year.

I love symbols and reminders.  One (somewhat weird) thing I do is look for sticks which look like the letter Y.  (Reminder to self: Therapist Talking Point #58.)  They become my “Yes!” sticks. I don’t keep them.  I just think, “That stick reminds me of the letter ‘y’ and the word ‘Yes!'”  And then start saying “Yes!” to whatever I want/desire/hope for at that moment.

Here are a couple of Yes Sticks:




And here’s a Short List of what I’m saying “YES!” to in this Brand New Year.

1.  Overwhelming Peace in my life.

2.  Healthy Eating.

3.  Being the Best Son two elderly parents could ever have.

4.  Becoming the very Personification of Encouragement.

5.  Joy.

6.  Uncontrollable Peals of Laughter.

7.  Grandfathering (Abu-ing) to beat sixty.

8.  Treating every person I meet as if she or he were the most important person on earth (lesson from my dad, who actually did this consistently).


What about you?  What are you saying “Yes!” to in 2014?

Here’s buddy and songwriter/performer Amy Steinberg and her cool song, “Yes.”


Say “Yes!”





Wait, Two More Things!

I know I said there were just five things I wanted for Christmas that I didn’t get. But here are two more.


1.  This lil bottle of cologne.


But my bday is coming up Jan 10, so there’s still time!

2.  Will this fit my new, nearly vegetarian eating plan?


(For some reason, when I see these things, I forget EVERYTHING I know about health.  All I want to do is stuff them in my mouth.)

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