The Noticer by Andy Andrews

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Jones is one of the main characters in the book.  Jones notices things about people and helps them in times of trouble.  He teaches people how to gain a new perspective on their life.  He shows them how to be the person they want to be.  Many lives were dramatically changed, due to Jones.

A few of the principles taught by Jones are:

  • The struggles of life give us the strength we need to succeed in the future.
  • Read about the lives of great people, read about their struggles, their failures, and their success.  The experience of others is the best teacher.
  • If you continually focus on your needs, you will continually find things you need.  Instead, focus on the blessings you already have in life.  Gratitude will fill your life with happiness and abundance.
  • Happy and enthusiastic people are able to influence those around them.

This was a fun book to read and it’s defiantly a book worth reading multiple times.

How to be Happy – Quotes

Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.  – Anne Frank

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.  – Marcel Proust

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Life is like a roller coaster, live it, be happy, enjoy life.  – Avril Lavigne

When I am myself, I am happy and have a good result.  – Jack Ma

Living With Five Dogs

We never planed to have five dogs.  However, life throws curve balls sometimes and unexpected things happen.  A few years ago, the three of us lived in three different homes with our dogs.  Today, we are all in the same house and so are all of our dogs.

  • Joey is the oldest of our dogs.  He is a Labrador/Great Pyrenees mix and he is 9 years old.
  • Ben is our biggest dog.  He is a Great Pyrenees and weighs 115 pounds.  He is also our youngest dog.  Ben is two years old.
  • Buddy is a Rottweiler/Beagle mix and he is only two months older than Ben.
  • Norton is the smallest of our dogs.  He is a Yorke mix and weighs only 14 pounds.  Norton is probably around 4 years old.
  • Blue is a 3 year old Australian Cattle Dog.

The dogs have their moments and life is far from perfect.  However, they are well behaved.  We can leave all five dogs in the house alone and trust them to not destroy our stuff.

They also get along well with each other.  They respect the boundaries of their “brothers” and disagreements are quickly resolved.

Our balanced pack of dogs didn’t just happen.  We put a lot of effort into it and continue to do so each day.  There are two essentials that allow us to live peacefully with five dogs.

  • Training – Each dog has been to several training classes and they all know the rules.  Consequences depend on behavior, praise and treats follow good behavior, and correction for bad behavior often consists of a stern “no.”  The dogs want to live in a peaceful house and they want to feel secure in their place.  Knowing they broke a rule and their person is displeased is often enough to correct behavior.  However, getting them to understand the rules takes a lot of work and training.
  • Exercise – We have over an acre of land and much of it is fenced in for the dogs.  The dogs have enough space to run and wrestle with their pack mates.  They also have plenty of toys to chew and destroy.  There are a ton of toys in the house and in the yard.  We constantly bring in new toys to replace the old ones.  I have heard it said, “A tired dog is a good dog.”  Let me tell you, there is a lot of truth in that statement.

Living with multiple dogs isn’t easy.  It requires work on our part, but we love each of the dogs and we enjoy watching them play and interact with each other.  There are five dogs running around our home and they make each day special.

Something About Spring

Today is the first day of spring.  There is something about the start of spiring that makes me smile.

  • The harsh cold winter days are ending and warm sunshine fills the void.
  •  Rain washes over the land and creates a renewal of life.
  • Plants and trees stretch out to the sun, their beautiful blooms are popping everywhere, and the bright colors radiate to create a sense of peace in our hearts.
  • Spring is a time for renewal of hope.
  • Spring brings back a sense of wonder for us all to enjoy.

There is something about spring and I hope it makes you smile today.

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Happy – A Documentary

“The constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness.  You have to catch it yourself.”  Benjamin Franklin

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This documentary is available on Netflix.  It takes an in depth look at what makes people happy and how we can improve our own happiness.

Here are a few things from the documentary that I found to be interesting:

  • Dopamine is a chemical in the brain and it is a neurotransmitter that makes us feel happy.  Physical activity releases dopamine, so engaging in exercise is a natural mood booster.
  • Events have a limited impact on our happiness.  When something good happens, we may feel ecstatic.  However, those feelings will dissipate quickly.  When something bad happens, we may feel devastation, but those feelings will also dissipate.
  • A key ingredient to happiness is being able to recover from adversity quickly.
  • Once our basic needs are meet, an increase in income has a limited affect on our level of happiness.
  • You will always be able to find somebody that has more money than you or that has something you don’t have.  A constant desire for more will have a negative impact on our happiness.
  • The more people focus on money and image the less happy they feel.
  • The more people focus on relationships, personal development, and community service the happier they feel.
  • Changing your focus from what you don’t have to what you do have that you can share, will promote happiness.
  • The building blocks of happiness are play, new experiences, and relationships.

Take time to do something that makes you happy today.