How to Be Happy…

Since the holidays are upon us and the new year not far behind it I wanted to share this email I got from a friend.  Enjoy and feel free to share.  I am not sure of the source of this list but I did not write it.


How to be happy…

Be physically active 10-30 minutes every day.

Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.

Sleep for 7 hours.

Live with the 3 E’s: Energy, Enthusiasm, and Empathy.

Play more games.

Read more books than you did last year.

Drink plenty of water.

Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.

Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a beggar.

Make time to practice mediation, and prayer.

Try new things.

Smile and laugh more.

Try to make at least three people smile each day.

Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip.

Don’t have negative thoughts about things you cannot control.  Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.

Spend time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of 16.

Try not to hate others. (Life is too short to waste time hating anyone)

Don’t take yourself too seriously. (no one else does)

Forget issues of the past. Don’t remind your partner with his/her mistakes of the past.  This will ruin your present happiness.

Realize that life is school and you are here to learn.  Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away.

Agree to disagree.  You don’t have to win every argument.

Don’t compare your life to others.  You have no idea what their journey is all about.

Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present.

Stay in touch.  Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick.  Your family and friends will.

Forgive everyone for everything.

What other people think of you is none of your business.

However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.

Envy is a waste of time.  You already have all you need.

The best is yet to come.

Treat others as you wish to be treated.

Don’t overdo.  Keep your limits.

Your inner most is always happy.  So be happy.

Do the right thing.

Talk to your family often.

Each day give something good to others.

Stick to your principles, no matter what.

Dream more while you are awake.

Smile when you walk.

Find joy in simplicity.

Growing up with ideas doesn’t mean you’re right.

Hope you enjoyed it! Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!!



The best cookie around… Oatmeal Chocolate Chip

Since I am in a baking mood lately I figured I’ll introduce you all to my favorite cookie: oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.  I absolutely love baking these scrumptious treats for friends, family, and co-workers especially around the holidays.  Below is the recipe I use when baking the cookies and it makes about three dozen cookies. Enjoy!

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies


8 oz. (2 sticks) butter, softened

1 cup of packed brown sugar

3/4 sugar

2 tsp. vanilla

1 tsp. cinnamon

2 eggs

1-1/2 cup of all purpose flour

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

3 cups Quick oats

2 cups of chocolate chips


1.Heat oven to 350 degrees

2.Beat butter, sugar, and vanilla on medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy.

3.Beat in eggs until light and fluffy

4.Mix in flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt on low until blended.

5.Stir in oats and chocolate chips

6.Form dough into balls and place two inches apart on cookie sheet

*To help the cookies maintain a round shape use a teaspoon (the circular one used for measuring) to scoop out the cookie dough.