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News[letter] From The Happy Side

Happiness is right around the corner

The other day Alice and I (Alan) went kayaking in our inflatable two-person kayak, appropriately named “tipsy”. This day we chose a portion of the Huron River between Milford, Michigan, and Proud Lake. It’s a meandering waterway, winding around crooks and corners, leaving one wondering what direction the current is even running.

As we leisurely paddled our way through a beautiful afternoon, we came around a corner and happened upon an old man with a little dog on a leash standing at the water’s edge. It was almost as if he was waiting for us. As we came into his sight, he yells out to us . . . “Hey, did I ever tell you the one about two old women who went to church?”

We looked at the old man in surprise; we had never seen him before. We bit. “No, you haven’t told us this one.”

The man replied . . . “Two old women went to church services one Sunday and afterwards the first said to the other, ‘You know, midway through the sermon my butt fell asleep.’ The other woman replied, ‘Yes I know. I heard it snore three times.’”

Alice and I looked at each other and just laughed. Where did that come from? Did he do that to everyone on the river?

On the same trip on the same day, we came around another bend in the river, and here’s what was presented to us:

A week later and on another path, this one a nature trail outside of Harbor Springs, Michigan, we were walking along and rounded another corner, and were met with the following:

And then around another bend:

As we move though life, we never know what’s around the next corner.  But one thing is for certain, if we don’t move forward, we’ll never know. And as we do move forward, we’ll likely be surprised by what’s there in wonderful ways. Especially if we’re open to receiving life’s blessings.

Move forward, in your actions, in your thoughts, in your relationships, and in everything you do, and look for happiness in every turn and around every corner. It’s there to find!

Wandering and pondering,

Alan B. Havis and Alice B. McGinty

Quotes From the Happy Side

“Many live in dread of what is coming. Why should we? The unknown puts adventure into life. … The unexpected around the corner gives us a sense of anticipation and surprise. Thank God for the unknown future.” – E. Stanley Jones

“I love being the age I am, because if there’s enough pain or grief, I have enough experience now to realize that there’s joy coming around the corner.” – Sara Gilbert

“The thankful heart opens our eyes to a multitude of blessings that continually surround us.” – James E. Faust

TEDx Talk From the Happy Side

To help become more open to the happy surprises that await around each corner, check out this TEDx talk by BJ Fogg, PhD, behavior scientist, expert on habit formation, and author of the bestselling book, Tiny Habits.

Tiny surprises for happiness and health | BJ Fogg, PhD | TEDxMaui. 

BJ Fogg shares "The Maui Habit", the one "tiny habit" he says is the most powerful and most effective to come from his work at Stanford’s Persuasive Tech Lab. You'll be surprised how simple it is!

Song From the Happy Side

Dick Siegel, Little Things

“What we need we got it, thank God for the little things.” –Dick Siegel 

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