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Cats, Dogs and Rabbits

4 5 2015 Honey BlogLions, tigers and bears! Oh my! Well, no, more like cats, dogs and rabbits!

Honey the dog (see photo left) decides to write today’s blog. Only kidding.

Actually it was yesterday when I was on my second visit to a friend’s place to feed and “litter” her three cats while she is away for two weeks when I realized … cats … tomorrow babysitting the dog … and oh, I made bunny pancakes today. Now there’s a title for a blog!

It seems an appropriate weekend to write about being of unselfish service to others.

On Easter weekend, Christians celebrate Jesus’ sacrifice and resurrection. Members of the Jewish faith celebrate the exodus of the Hebrews to freedom. (If you’ve forgotten that story, the movie “The Ten Commandments” is on TV tonight.) Moses gave up the riches of being an Egyptian prince for the ultimate servant leadership to the Hebrew people.

Sacrifice and service. When was the last time you gave service to others?

Besides helping your friends with their pets when they go out of town, you can make a huge impact on your local community. Volunteering your service does more than help those who are served, it can give you a great sense of satisfaction. There are so many needs in society today, frankly I would have a hard time if I had to select just one cause to devote my time to. I’d like to fix it all!

If you don’t know where to begin, check out VolunteerMatch.org. There you can register and select the causes you are passionate about. You can search the website yourself or sign up to receive emails of volunteer opportunities at local events that match your areas of interest.

The tasks are simple and usually require no special skills, just your time and willing hands. Opportunities range from registrations at charity walks to tutoring children to stuffing envelopes and packing food bags. You pick when and where you want to serve.

Well-known organizations on the list include March of Dimes, Best Buddies, Habitat for Humanity and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

My life of volunteering began years ago when the company I worked for facilitated volunteer opportunities where employees could attend as a group and help the cause. In recent years, I’ve participated in a “bag-stuffing” competition at a local food bank with fellow employees. Another employer adopted a local elementary school and allowed employees to tutor on work time. After I left that company, I registered as a tutor on my own.

Once you start serving, it becomes addictive. The good feeling you get from helping others is better than any other “rush” that you can get elsewhere. Try it, you’ll like it!

I much prefer “Honey-sitting” to “kitty-care” but we won’t tell anyone!

By the way, in case you are wondering, this is what bunny pancakes are….

Easter Pancakes

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Live Happy – Part Deux

ae420ec5ac8e16745144860a5729b85dThe “Live Happy” people were at it again last week. They are going to do this every month, so get ready for your monthly dose of “happy.”

Unfortunately I missed the one speaker that I was most interested in hearing because I needed to be on the road at the time!

These are a series of 30-minute web conversations with New York Times best-selling authors and experts in the fields of happiness, business and positive psychology. Hosted by Live Happy CEO Kym Yancey, the guest speakers share tips on how to tap into the power of happiness. Listeners interact and post questions.

Research proves that happiness is a major force behind your success in business, relationships and much more. Make a decision to “live happy” and check out the resources provided by the Live Happy organization. Become a Happiness Ambassador!

Here are some nuggets from the past week just for you!

October 13, 2014
Dr. Drew Ramsey – Happier with Every Bite
Author of The Happiness Diet discusses how poor diet and nutrition can cause anxiety and depression. His new book 50 Shades of Kale provides 50 exciting recipes for this superfood.

Brain health begins at the end of your fork.

Change the architecture of your brain by picking healthy food.

Some foods actually contribute to depression, such as soda and the trans fats in processed food.

Dark chocolate gives a mental boost!

“I witness people transform themselves every day-from tears to smiles, chaos to calm. We all have the power to build happy, vibrant lives. Since every molecule in your brain begins at the end of your fork, that’s where I like to start.” – Dr. Drew Ramsey

October 14, 2014
James Pawelski – The Positive Portfolio
Dr. James O. Pawelski, Director of Education and Senior Scholar in the Positive Psychology Center and Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania is widely published on the topics of positive psychology and philosophy.

Don’t wait around for happy to happen.

Happiness = human flourishing = a deep sense of well-being.

What’s in your Positive Portfolio? The Positive Portfolio is a collection of items that give you love, happiness and confidence. Think about a strength or positive emotion that you want to cultivate. Gather pictures, emails, music, etc. that help cultivate that strength or positive emotion. Focus 15 minutes a day on your “Positive Portfolio.” Add frequently to your Portfolio.

Bring mindfulness to your life; bring in the good happening around you.

Sometimes you wake up happy, and sometimes you have to wake up your happy!

October 15, 2014
Judson Laipply – Discover Your Happy Senses
Judson is a motivational speaker and dancer, best known for his performance in the Evolution of Dance viral video clip. In 2006, it was the #1 Most Viewed All Time Video and #1 Top Rated Video on YouTube.
The Evolution of Dance

Happiness is a decision, an attitude, a way of life.

Don’t hope for things, decide for things.

Make people happy and flood people’s brains with dopamine so that they remember what you say.

You cannot light another’s path, without lighting your own.

The more we share happiness, the happier we are.

The flame we have together is bigger than two individual flames.

Our words are powerful, It’s ok to day, “Yes, I am going to have a good day!”

Vocabulary lesson for the day: Perspicacity-Understanding how our perception affects our reality.

If you perceive the world through the lens of “I’m going to be happy” you can find things to make you happy.

Purpose and passion are hard to have without the other. “Pur-passion!” They feed on each other.

We have 5 “happy senses” – “pur-passion” (purpose and passion), play, harmony, perception and gratitude!

Giving isn’t giving until you give to someone who could never pay you back.

October 16, 2014
Michelle McQuaid – Wellbeing in the Workplace
Michelle is a best-selling author, workplace well-being teacher and playful change activator. She is passionate about translating cutting-edge research from positive psychology and neuroscience into practical strategies for health, happiness and business success.

Prime your brain before you go to sleep to cue up your morning habits.

During the day, make sure you get up frequently and move around, get up and drink water, create an inflection point to refresh yourself.

Inject a moment of positivity to short circuit that downward spiral that can happen at work. A jolt of joy = anything that puts a smile on your face.

You have a choice in how you feel and how you show up.

October 17, 2014
Mary Jane Ryan – The Happiness Makeover
MJ Ryan, a personal change expert and executive coach, is the author of How to Survive Change…You Didn’t Ask For: Bounce Back, Find Calm in Chaos, and Reinvent Yourself.

Accidental acts of happiness help us to become happier.

Accidental acts of kindness help us to become happier.

Gratitude is an “and” experience. No matter what is going on in your life, you can always appreciate and enjoy.

What can you still appreciate despite the difficulty and negative circumstances?

It’s not permanent; it’s not personal; it’s not pervasive.

We catch our feelings from our friends.

Give a smile to someone else today.

“We can be happier because we can grow and change until we take our very last breath.” – MJ Ryan