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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Half Full & Aloha Friday!!

“I think being positive is so important. To me, it is a life skill. You’ve got to find ways to be positive and be good to yourself and treat yourself and take care of yourself. Put on lipstick in the morning and get out there. Don’t sit in your house and wallow. There’s nothing positive about that.”
Half Full Friday is a series of weekly posts that Eye Girl originally started in June 2009.We believe that a lot of our happiness is determined by our attitude about the things that happen to us. So by participating, we are deciding to see the glass as half full, instead of half empty. We are choosing to concentrate on the positives, instead of dwelling on the negatives. Our Half Full Friday posts are a way to do just that. They are a list of the things in our life that have brought us happiness over the past week. We are determined to find the something good in every day. Are you?
"Of all the medicines in the inner life, a smile is by far the best medicine." ~ Sri Chinmoy
For the next week, we challenge you to keep a list of at least one thing that brought you happiness each day.

"To live happily is an inward power of the soul." ~ Aristotle

This is what I'm Happy for this week:
  • I was very happy to be Super busy this week! 
  • I'm even happier the week went really well!
  • I'm happy for my son's job interview this week!
  • I'm happy I made Thanksgiving plans!
  • I'm happy to be learning massage! Great Class!
  • I'm happy for winning a book give away!
  • I'm happy I ordered Alex J. Cavanaugh's new book!
  • I'm very happy for my continued growth!
  • I'm happy for great conversations this week!
  • I'm happy for an awesome Social Media class on Tuesday!
  • I'm happy for weekend plans!  YES!!
"Happiness is the only thing on earth that cannot be paid by any diamonds, gold or money." - Unknown
"Happiness resides not in possessions and not in gold, the feeling of happiness dwells in the soul." ~ Democritus, (460?-370? BC)

It's also "ALOHA FRIDAY" Everyone!!
If you want to join in the fun? Post your own question on your blog and leave your link at the Aloha Friday post at An Island Life. Then you can visit the other participants if you wish...It’s a great way to make new bloggy friends or see what people are thinking about this week and join in a conversation or two if you like.
"Happiness is not having what you want. It is wanting what you have." ~Rabbi Hyman Schachtel
Question:  What are your simplest pleasures that cost little to nothing?  

My Answer:  I love being outside on a nice day.  Doing anything from working in the yard to sitting and reading.  I love cookouts with family and friends.  I also love having game nights with friends, playing cards or even the Wii... 'Outdoor Adventures' and 'Rockband' are my favorite games so far. :-)  

How about you?  Share your simplest pleasures with us!
"Happiness comes from spiritual wealth, not material wealth... Happiness comes from giving, not getting. If we try hard to bring happiness to others, we cannot stop it from coming to us also. To get joy, we must give it, and to keep joy, we must scatter it." ~ John Templeton
Blessings & Hugs to you All,
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  1. Great Quote! Thanks for posting it :-)

    "Of all the medicines in the inner life, a smile is by far the best medicine." ~ Sri Chinmoy

  2. hiking does it for me...and coffee...non expensive coffee...smiles. and my fam...smiles

  3. I'm with The Old Geezer, this is a great quote: "Of all the medicines in the inner life, a smile is by far the best medicine." ~ Sri Chinmoy

    Good post.

  4. Hi! Thanks for sharing that quote and for linking to my blog! I'm so excited to see the Half Full Friday post - I'll be sharing it on my Friday post as well! :)

    Have a great weekend,
    Vanessa from Optimal Optimist

  5. I. also, love being outside on a nice day! Happiness comes and goes according to our circumstances, but joy copmes from within and is constant.

  6. Beautiful post and i always enjoy all your quotes, they are so insightful.;) I love the one by Rabbi Hyman Schachtel.
    I share your simple pleasure to the letter.;)
    Have a wonderful weekend and thank you for your very endearing recent comment,

  7. I really struggle with looking at things half full, so I appreciate your thoughts today. I made a list of the things that made me happy today! :)

  8. i am happy for you!! am very very very happy :) take care

  9. I love when my husband comes home early from work and we have extra precious time together.
    Love your happy post!!!

  10. What a wonderful way to start the weekend! We all have so much to be happy about if we just take a minute to consider.


  11. Wonderful that son had an interview! Yes I had that super busy week, but all went well.

  12. thats great I wish him all the best :) have a great weekend dear xx

  13. I love that very first quote, so true!

    My greatest pleasure in life that costs me nothing is just to spend time playing and cuddling with my chi's.

  14. Oh, and congrats on winning that giveaway!

  15. happy for conversations...oh, I like that one. I had a few with a friend through email that made my week, actually. :)

  16. A simple pleasure for me now is going for long walks on the cool Fall days.

  17. my simple pleasure...
    watching my 20 month old...
    what did i do before him?

  18. Reading all your happy things makes me happy Coreen! Of course spending time with my little family always makes me happy, but rainy or cold days spent crafting, watching movies and drinking tea can always bring a smile to my face!!!

    I hope you have a happy weekend friend!
    xo Catherine

  19. I'm really happy you ordered my book!

    Simple pleasure - just sitting on the couch with my wife watching a movie together.

  20. I love the outdoors, walking especially. Thank you for sharing dear one. Great post. Blessings.

  21. Wow!! This is soooo cool! I am impressed! Yay for interview and the CLASSES! I am very proud and inspired!

  22. My simplest pleasure is a soft, rainy day with Honey at home, the kitties lying around, a good book or movie, and simply being.

    And I'm thankful this week ended!


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