I have had a perfectly wonderful evening, but this wasn't it.

~ Groucho Marx ~

Archive for April, 2012

If you're not going to be yourself, then who should you be?

Should You Be Yourself At Work?

April 30th, 2012 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 47 secs

Can you really be yourself at work?

Is work a place where you don’t need to be yourself?  That’s the subject behind the findings of a recent joint study by the Universities of Houston, Texas, and Greenwich, England. Their results suggest that, while being yourself with family and friends helps, being yourself at work won’t boost your fulfillment. Read the rest of this entry »

"Do I want to be happy?" Sure, why not?

I Want to Be Happy Right Now

April 29th, 2012 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 57 secs

Sure, I want to be happy. Who doesn't?

“ I want to be happy right now. Can you do it?” My answer: yes and no. Yes, if being happy means something deeper than your feelings. No, if you are only after a buzz. Read the rest of this entry »

One of the funny things I like to do is chew through the wires of noisy devices.

Funny Things… Like Alarms

April 28th, 2012 ~ Est. reading time: 2 mins, 45 secs

Alarms are not funny things when you're trying to sleep!

Think of funny things and you don’t normally think of alarms, do you? Downstairs, Erdinc, our brainy exchange student from Istanbul is blissfully snoozing through his. But the funny thing is it woke us up! It seems teen boys around the world can sleep through the blare of a foghorn. While we seem to be attuned to every bell, ring, beep, and siren going off in the entire neighborhood. Read the rest of this entry »

How about some garlic dill recipes for a change?

Garlic Dill Recipes Mama Would Kill For

April 27th, 2012 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 45 secs

Wait until you taste my garlic dill recipes!

Mama loved dill. She also adored garlic. Put together, garlic dill recipes are a winning combination, likely to put a satisfied smile on any foodie’s face. Read the rest of this entry »

Ahh, there's nothing quite like a royal family wedding.

Fancy a Royal Family Wedding?

April 26th, 2012 ~ Est. reading time: 2 mins, 5 secs

There's nothing quite like a royal family wedding ride by.

Like most guys, I don’t know much about royal family wedding events. Come to think of it, I’m pretty much clueless on all royal occasions. I sort of know a bit. But the real expert in the household is my wife, Ruth. Read the rest of this entry »

How often do you find yourself feeling lonely?

Feeling Lonely?

April 25th, 2012 ~ Est. reading time: 2 mins, 20 secs

What's the answer to feeling lonely?

Let me ask you, “Are you feeling lonely?” Despite being surrounded by people, loneliness is an all too familiar experience worldwide. As one of the greatest hardships of modern life, it’s a condition that seems difficult to fix. What makes it more troubling is the feeling that most people don’t even want to know. Read the rest of this entry »

The real stuff to keep you happy isn’t for sale.

Stuff To Keep You Happy

April 24th, 2012 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 59 secs

What kind of stuff do you need to keep you happy?

Life is full of stuff to keep you happy. There’s stuff in the wardrobe… stuff in the garage… stuff overflowing in the cupboards, and stuff in the stores. But there’s only one catch. Not only do you have to buy it but its happiness factor is never as marvelous as it’s made out to be. Read the rest of this entry »

What do you mean, "Just be happy baby"?

Be Happy… Or Face The Firing Squad!

April 23rd, 2012 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 41 secs

How can I be happy with a wet nappy?

There’s even more reasons to be happy, according to a Harvard study. Increasingly, evidence suggests that it will both help your heart, and ward off illness. So, along with a more robust cardiovascular system, cheerfulness appears to keep your immunity in better shape. That’s great news for natural optimists. Read the rest of this entry »

Don't talk about demotivators at work. It's too demotivating to even think about.

Demotivators at Work

April 22nd, 2012 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 54 secs

What are your big demotivators at work?

How often do you encounters demotivators at work or study? (I know “demotivator” isn’t proper English, but its popularity makes it worthy of a work out.). If you said “often” to feeling workplace discouragement, then it can be helpful to constructively explore the cause. Read the rest of this entry »

How do you define your friendships?

Definition of Friends

April 21st, 2012 ~ Est. reading time: 2 mins, 38 secs

How do you define your friends?

What is a good definition of friends?  Are friends people we like who like us back? Or are friends more than that? Aside from your friendships bringing happiness, they get us thinking about meaning, ourselves, and life itself. Despite the fact that our friendships can be:  Read the rest of this entry »