Rules of Happiness #18 – Laugh, Dance, Smile – January 23 Devotions

Laugh, dance, and smile. I don’t think it would be possible to remain unhappy if we regularly spend time laughing, dancing, and smiling–even if we’re by ourselves (which is about the only time I would be dancing–well, maybe with hubby!) With all the fur babies in our home, they provide a source of laughter and smiling multiple times a day.

 

 

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Well, we’re done with Karl Moore’s Rules of Happiness! Remember, again, I’ve only shared excerpts – his book (available in digital form at Amazon for only 99 cents!) has longer entries for each “rule.” No affiliate links here, by the way – just a good book I thought was worth sharing!

Here are all the other rules, from #1 to #17, for those who haven’t read them all or for anyone who wants to refer back to them:

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: Happiness is Only Ever Now

Rule #8: Experience, Don’t Hoard!

Rule #9: Experience Both Sides of the Coin

Rule #10: Be More Social

Rule #11: Love More

Rule #12: Have a Dream 

Rule #13: Set Direction with Intention

Rule #14: Enjoy Simple Pleasures

Rule #15: Accept What Is

Rule #16: Exercise and Eat Well

Rule #17: Zoom Out and Don’ t Sweat It!

 

So where it is–the final Rule of Happiness!

 

Rule #18– Laugh, Dance, Smile!

 

“Surround yourself with happiness –

wonderful music, dance classes, evenings with friends.

Take time to laugh at the craziness of life!

Splash out and enjoy to the max.

True happiness, self-development, freedom, comes from inside –

and is expressed externally in bright faces, a big smile, and plenty of laughing.

Laugh at all of the silly problems you’ve been holding on to,

so very well, for so long.”  –Karl Moore

A friendly look, a kindly smile,

one good act, and life’s worthwhile.

– Unknown

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My reflections:

I confess it’s difficult sometimes to laugh or smile, if I focus on the negative things going on around me. But if I make the effort to look around and count my blessings, smiling and laughing are much easier to do (I’m really not much of a dancer!)

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So what are YOUR thoughts?

Are you able to rise above your sometimes negative circumstances and engage in smiling, laughing, and even dancing?

Have you enjoyed learning about these 18 rules of happiness? Which ones are your favorites?  Thanks for reading!

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This Post Has 17 Comments

  1. K-Lee, I have really enjoyed this series. Btw, laughing and smiling shift your brain chemistry and your body chemistry, and thus we get a complete “change of mind”. It isn’t just a nice break. It enhances and prolongs life. Thanks for this! Blessings–
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  2. OK my mentor recently told me that we are all actors in a scene. Right now, this very moment is a scene and the way we behave is merely an act, just as someone on stage, on a broadway show.

    We can choose to act in any way we like. We can rewrite the script in real-time and act.

    There are no retakes. Just one go at each scene.

    We can choose our props and who we want as our supporting actors.

    This is where we get to choose if we want to have positive actors or actors that add negative drama to our scene.

    Anyway, I thought I’d share this insight. It has been on my mind ever since my mentor mentioned it.

    It really does put a lot of power back in your hands.

    You can control your script. Act out the scene well.

  3. Yes, different people are born with different dispositions. I have had to work all my life on ways to overcome natural pensiveness and outright depression. And I have become an upbeat person with a super marriage and loving world.

  4. The rules of happiness are a great reminder of how we should live our lives each day. Rising above takes strength and there are days that I feel like I have it and those where it is a struggle.

  5. It’s like good vibes all the way! I love the idea of surrounding one’s self with happiness! It’s amazing.

  6. Sometimes it is hard to rise above but it takes some reminding and laughter definitely helps.

  7. I agree with what Liz said. That’s my later in years goal (now), to surround myself w/as much upbeat and positive as I can find.
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  8. It’s not possible for me to not laugh or smile. Since giving birth to my daughter I have been doing that. On top of silly dancing and funny voices. Anything just for those little toothless smiles. Smiling comes easily when you are surrounded by the people you love.
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  9. Nos. 1, 2, and 5 are super important if you ask me. They may be tougher compared to the others but I think these are the ones that you need to work on as your first steps to being happy. It’s not that difficult to be happy despite challenges in life – you just have to have an attitude of gratitude even with the smallest things & you’ll realize that you are blessed.
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    1. Thanks! Rev. Kebba Buckley Button, MS, OM 480-250-1177 Healing Therapeutics, Phoenix, Arizona Holistic Health Consulting – Oriental Energy Therapies Author of Sacred Meditation, Peace Within, Discover The Secret Energized You Stress- and Energy Management Training Spiritual Direction and Ministerial Services http://www.Kebba.com (http://www.Kebba.com) Call Send SMS Add to Skype You’ll need Skype Credit Free via Skype

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