Rule of Happiness #12 – Pursue a Dream – July 24 Inspiration


Do you focus solely on the present, or do you have dreams for the future? Do you live each day with purpose, working on completing an objective or goal toward eventual fulfillment of your dreams?

 

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We are up to #12 of Karl Moore’s Rules of Happiness.

Here are #1 – #11 in case you have missed any:

Rule #1: Stop Feeling Sorry for Yourself

Rule #2: Be Grateful

Rule #3: Say Yes More

Rule # 4: Follow Your Bliss

Rule #5: Learn to Let Go

Rule #6: Do Random Acts of Kindness

Rule #7: Enjoy Happiness NOW

Rule #8: Invest in Experiences NOT Hoarding Possessions

Rule #9: Appreciate BOTH Sides of the Coin

Rule #10: Be More Social

Rule #11: Love More

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Here is today’s rule of happiness…

Rule #12 – Pursue a Dream

Dreams are critical. They light up life.

Without them, we become bored, and tired, and apathetic.

So, take this opportunity to really clarify your dreams.

Take a pen and paper and spend an hour figuring out what you really dream about.

But whatever you do, make sure you have a dream. They’re incredibly important.

Dreams are the spark plugs of the spirit. Make sure yours are ready for action.” –Karl Moore

A person starts dying

when they stop dreaming.”

– Brian Williams

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My reflections:

I know I’ve got goals and dreams for the future, but I do need to clarify them and write them down as a visible reminder to keep in front of me. I also need to be more proactive about taking steps toward fulfillment of those dreams. I especially like this statement: “Dreams are the spark plugs of the spirit.

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So what are YOUR thoughts?

Do you have dreams for the future?

Does any part of this rule of happiness especially speak to you?

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My bliss – quiltmaking!


Rule of Happiness #11 – Love More – July 23 Inspiration


This is a verse I’ve heard many times during my life: “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love (1 Corinthians 13:8).”  Extending love to those around us, even when it’s difficult, even when we may not necessarily like someone or may not appreciate their  behavior or life choices, is still the greatest way to achieve happiness. When we allow someone to steal our happiness because we dwell on whatever misery that person has caused us, another expression applies: We allow that person to live rent-free in our heads–so maybe it’s time to send an eviction notice!

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We are up to #11 of Karl Moore’s Rules of Happiness.

Here are #1 – #10 in case you have missed any:

Rule #1: Stop Feeling Sorry for Yourself

Rule #2: Be Grateful

Rule #3: Say Yes More

Rule # 4: Follow Your Bliss

Rule #5: Learn to Let Go

Rule #6: Do Random Acts of Kindness

Rule #7: Enjoy Happiness NOW

Rule #8: Invest in Experiences NOT Hoarding Possessions

Rule #9: Appreciate BOTH Sides of the Coin

Rule #10: Be More Social

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So here is rule #11…

Rule #11 – Love More!

We must realize that we feel the most happy in life – when we are the ones giving the love!

The more we love others, the happier we become.

The more we love the world around us, the happier we become.

The more we love even our enemies, the happier we become.

And best of all, WE can control the amount of love we give – and thereby control the amount of happiness we experience.”  –Karl Moore

Love and kindness are never wasted.

They always make a difference.

They bless the one who receives them,

and they bless you, the giver.

– Barbara De Angelis

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My reflections:

I especially like the revelation that “WE can control the amount of love we give – and thereby control the amount of happiness we experience.” That’s definitely worth pondering. That, and “Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference.”

I would say those phrases are true except in those rare occasions when you’re dealing with someone who is truly depraved or outright evil, in which case you would put yourself in danger if you don’t exercise wisdom and caution.

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So what are YOUR thoughts?

Do you agree with this rule?

Do you feel happier when you practice a loving lifestyle?

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My bliss – creating quilts!

     One of my favorite color combinations on     this “jewel tones” quilt I made for a customer.


Rule of Happiness #10 – Be More Social – July 22 Inspiration

I used to be very social “out there” in the real world, when I had jobs outside the home. Since I came home to work in February 2008, I became more of a “hermit” and only work by telecommuting/virtual arrangements. Promoting my freelance business and my custom quilt business depends on social networking, and social networking also helps in the field of education, as I’m working toward earning my doctoral degree. So I definitely agree with today’s rule of happiness to be more social!

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On Fridays this month, I’m participating in the  Facebook blogging challenge with the Power Affiliate Club (PAC) Blogging Carnival. The topic this Friday addresses these ideas: “Innovation and taking the road less traveled. Did you discover a new direction at any point, how did you expand your pathway to include these new discoveries or did you take a different direction.”

Today’s Rule of Happiness fits right in with that topic! As I mentioned in my opening paragraph, I left the “workaday” world, came home to work, discovered the variety of freelance jobs available, and then expanded on my opportunities by continuing into graduate education and joining relevant social networks.

I can relate to what my fellow PAC blogger Alicia said: “How often have you thought to yourself, ‘I need a change.  I need to reinvent myself, take a new direction’? At the age of fifty I knew that something needed to change and change now.”  I was at the same age back in 2008, when I earned my M.Ed. degree in instructional technology, and then entered the field of instructional design and curriculum development. I then continued to expand my pathway by pursuing my Ed.D. degree in Educational Technology and E-Learning. Within the next two to three months, I will officially become Dr. Banks! 🙂

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So now we are up to #10 of Karl Moore’s Rules of Happiness.

Here are #1 – #9 in case you have missed any:

Rule #1: Stop Feeling Sorry for Yourself

Rule #2: Be Grateful

Rule #3: Say Yes More

Rule # 4: Follow Your Bliss

Rule #5: Learn to Let Go

Rule #6: Do Random Acts of Kindness

Rule #7: Enjoy Happiness NOW

Rule #8: Invest in Experiences NOT Hoarding Possessions

Rule #9: Appreciate BOTH Sides of the Coin

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Now here’s today’s rule…

Rule #10 – Be More Social

 

Countless studies on the science of happiness have turned up one single characteristic of the happiest and most successful people in society. They have a large social network!

 

Don’t just wait for interesting people to stumble into your life. Keep going and going. Expand your social circle as far as you can.

 

Be the person that walks through town and bumps into a dozen friends.” –Karl Moore

Let us be grateful to people

who make us happy;

they are the charming gardeners

who make our souls blossom.”

– Marcel Proust

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My reflections:

I have discovered over the past few years just how much fun it is to have a large social network. As a freelancer who works from a home office, I especially enjoy and appreciate being able to socialize online.

My favorite social network is Facebook, because I can more easily keep in touch with family and friends, as well as participate in groups with people who have mutual interests (like education, blogging, and sewing!)

I think the qualifier of having a large social network is to ensure the people in it are those who support and encourage you, and who enrich your life in some way, not a huge number of random people just for the sake of saying you have “x” number of “followers.”

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So what are YOUR thoughts?

You’re online, so what do you think of online social networks?

Do you have a large social network offline as well, or are you more of a “home body” like I am?

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My bliss and favorite “free” time activity – sewing! 🙂

 

One of my favorite bags I’ve made in this quilt block design.


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