Pray - Get up 15 minutes earlier - Read the Word or inspirational thought each day - Prepare for the morning the night before - Avoid tight fitting clothes! - Don't rely on your memory.....write it down - Make duplicate keys - say NO more often - Avoid negative people (you can't eliminate them and make sure you are not one of them) - Don't know all the answers - Look up at the stars - Buy yourself a flower - Avoid relying on chemical aids - Set appointments ahead - practice preventive maintenance - Set priorities - Use time wisely - Simplify meal times - Always make copies of important papers - Anticipate your needs - Repair anything that doesn't work properly - Ask for help with jobs you dislike - Break large tasks into bite size portions - Look at problems as challenges - Look at challenges differently - Unclutter your life - Be prepared for rain - Tickle a baby - Pet a friendly dog/cat - Look for the silver lining - Say something nice to someone - Teach a kid to fly a kite - Walk in the rain - Schedule play time every day - Take a bubble bath - Be aware of the decisions you make - Believe in yourself - Stop saying negative things to yourself - Visualize yourself winning - Develop your sense of humor - Stop thinking tomorrow will be a better day (make today a better day) - Have a goal for yourself - Dance a jig - Say hello to a stranger - Ask a friend for a hug - practice breathing slowly - Learn to whistle a tune - Read a poem - Listen to a symphony - Watch a ballet - Read a story curled up in bed - Do a brand new thing - Strive to stop a bad habit - Buy yourself a flower - Take stock of your achievements - Find support from others - Ask someone to your "vent-partner" - Do it today - Work a being cheerful and optimistic - Put safety first - Do everything in moderation - Pay attention to your appearance - Strive for excellence NOT perfection - Talk to God - Stretch your limits each day - Look at a work of art - Hum a jingle - Strive to maintain your weight - Plant a tree - Feed the birds - Practice grace under pressure (read my article Poise Under Pressure) - Stand up and stretch (every 30 minutes) - Always have a "plan B" - Learn a new doodle - Memorize a good/clean joke - Be responsible for your feelings - Learn to meet your own needs - Become a better LISTENER - Know your limitations and let others know them too - Tell someone to have a good day in pig latin or another language - Read the Word - Throw a paper airplane - Exercise Everyday - Learn the words to a new song - Get to work early - Clean out a closet - Play patty cake with a toddler - Go on a picnic - Take a different route to work - Leave work early (with permission) - Put air freshener in your car - Watch a movie and eat popcorn - write a note to a far away friend - Go to a ball game and scream - Cook a meal and it by candlelight - Recognize the importance of unconditional love - Remember that stress is an attitude - Keep a journal - Practice a monster smile - Remember you always have options - Have a support network of people, places and things - Quit trying to "fix" other people - Get enough sleep - Talk and listen more - Freely praise others - Relax, you have the rest of your life to live - Pray.
I added some of my own caveats to the above! All of the ways above may not suit your style but I know for sure that many of them will.
But the key is to read the Word and talk to God everyday. Don't let anything or anyone steal your joy!Paul Sr.
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