Notes on Happiness

Find true simplicity
Outer order contributes to inner calm
Clear surfaces
Marriage-Love your spouse
Kiss in the morning, kiss at night
Pay more attention
Give warm greetings and farewells
Talk, teach
Body-embrace good smells
Eat half as much, walk twice as much, laugh three times as much, love endlessly
Holiday breakfasts
Plan a nice little surprise
Start early if possible
Less is more
When packing an item that might leak, put it in a plastic bag
Don’t let anyone get too hungry
Cheerfulness is contagious, crabbiness is even more contagious
Wear sunscreen
Carry tissues
Remind kids to visit the bathroom
Get plenty of sleep
There’s joy in routine, but an occasional disruption makes the routine that much sweeter
Make it easy to do right and hard to do wrong
The things that go wrong often make the best memories
When possible, return home on Saturday, and have a day at home before the regular routine starts
Leave plenty of room in the suitcase
Be a tourist without leaving home
Practice random acts of kindness
Have extra packs of paper towels on hand
Throw away a pen or magic marker as soon as it runs dry
Replace a lightbulb or an empty roll of toilet paper right away
Keep doors and drawers closed
Although its often easier to hang onto something instead of deciding whether and how to get rid of it, get rid of it now
Keep pens, notepads, and a pair of scissors kitchen and bedroom
Write down anything I need to remember
Keep phone and computer charged
Always put keys in the same place
Keep a stash of cash somewhere
Don’t wait to run ot of printer paper before buying more
Create an atmosphere of growth
The days are long, but the years are short
Give meaningful service and inspire
Reach out to friends
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