September Pin Up – Lois – Happiness, Forgive and Smile

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September Pinup-Lois-Happiness, Forgive and Smile –
“Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you’re there. It doesn’t matter what you do, he said, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that’s like you after you take your hands away.“? Ray BradburyFahrenheit 451
Lois Hulst-Cairns and Simeon Shaina
“When I read “Tails Carried High” I wondered if Arabian horses were as beautiful inside and out as Carmel had portrayed. Imagine my delight to have my photograph taken with the lovely Shaina, not to mention meeting her daughter Sorsha, and the grand matriarch Sima and her daughters Simri, and Simoonah. I actually led both Shaina and Sarah up the hill to their stables. I ride and have owned horses but never an Arabian, today, I fell in love with these beautiful grey mares. I realised all that was written in the story about these wonderful horses was true.” ~ Lois Hulst-Cairns
Find Happiness, Forgive and Smile … 
Happiness: A study by a psychologist at the University of Arizona has shown that spending less time participating in small talk and more time in deep, meaningful conversations can increase happiness. So next time you’re beating around the bush with a friend, instead cut right to the chase. You’ll be happier for it.
Many people expect the right job or career to dramatically change their level of happiness. But research makes it clear that your levels of optimism and quality of relationships eclipse the satisfaction gained from your work. If you have a positive outlook, you will make the best of any job; and if you have good relationships, you won’t depend on your job for a sense of meaning. You’ll find meaning in interactions with the people you care about.
This is not to say you shouldn’t aspire to get a job that will make you happier; many people find that being on the right career path is a key determination in their overall happiness. It just means you should understand that the capacity of your job to make you happy is quite small when compared to your outlook and your relationships.
Smile: Science suggests that when you smile, whether you’re happy or not, your mood is elevated. So smile all the time if you can! Smiling is like a feedback loop: smiling reinforces happiness, just as happiness causes smiling. People who smile during painful procedures reported less pain than those who kept their facial features neutral.
Forgive: In a study of college students, an attitude of forgiveness contributed to better cardiovascular health. You could say forgiveness literally heals the heart. While it is unknown how forgiveness directly affects your heart, the study suggests that it may lower the perception of stress.

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