50 Ways To Have A Good Day

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  1. Open the curtains.
  2. Forgive yourself.
  3. Fix those broken or bothersome things around your house.
  4. Write a gratitude list.
  5. Take a few slow, deep breaths.
  6. Read this.
  7. Find an inspirational quote that you relate to and write it above your desk.
  8. Look for every occasion to help those around you.
  9. Write down your thoughts.
  10. Use Gain dish soap.
  11. Give them your real smile.
  12. Go to bed an hour earlier.
  13. Look for the good in every situation.
  14. Laugh as often as you can at irony or humor, not people.
  15. Give a strong hug to a great person.
  16. Allow your expectations to melt away.
  17. Be present in each moment.
  18. Don’t think too far ahead.
  19. Initiate meaningful conversation.
  20. Get some fresh flowers for your desk.
  21. Don’t think less of yourself, think of yourself less.
  22. Take a time-out in the middle of your day.
  23. Find silence, and spend AT LEAST ten minutes alone in stillness.
  24. Chew gum instead of mindless snacking.
  25. Laugh when it inconveniently begins to rain.
  26. Stand tall.
  27. Clean your room and/or work space. (Or rearrange it for a fresh perspective.)
  28. Lock your door and dance like a fool.
  29. Listen to that song in the car, and turn it up loud.
  30. Surround yourself with people who encourage you in living a good life.
  31. Eat to be satisfied, not full.
  32. Leave the house 10 minutes earlier.
  33. Compel yourself to exercise today, regardless of how you feel.
  34. Avoid negative conversation.
  35. Ask for help when you need it. Get over yourself and be okay with needing someone.
  36. Put on your favorite underwear.
  37. Have a GOOD cup of coffee or tea. Just how you like it.
  38. Avoid heavy and greasy food as a general rule. It will weigh down your mood.
  39. Use Gain laundry detergent and fabric softener. (You will regret nothing.)
  40. Find an excuse to use candles.
  41. Get outside on the regular.
  42. Wake up 45 minutes earlier.
  43. Use an air freshener in the house.
  44. Focus on maintaining your weight rather than losing it.
  45. Drink an obscene amount of water throughout the day. It’s a miracle for your mood. (Use 0 calorie flavor shots if you hate drinking water.)
  46. Call that person who just understands you.
  47. If you need to cry. Just cry.
  48. Visit this website: 1000awesomethings.com
  49. Read anything Pope Francis has to say.
  50. And for that stubborn mood that won’t let up… first take a nap, then pray your heart out.

 

St. Joseph

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“How does Joseph exercise his role as protector? Discreetly, humbly and silently, but with an unfailing presence and utter fidelity, even when he finds it hard to understand. From the time of his betrothal to Mary until the finding of the twelve-year-old Jesus in the Temple of Jerusalem, he is there at every moment with loving care. As the spouse of Mary, he is at her side in good times and bad, on the journey to Bethlehem for the census and in the anxious and joyful hours when she gave birth; amid the drama of the flight into Egypt and during the frantic search for their child in the Temple; and later in the day-to-day life of the home of Nazareth, in the workshop where he taught his trade to Jesus.

“The vocation of being a ‘protector’, however, is not just something involving us Christians alone; it also has a prior dimension which is simply human, involving everyone. It means protecting all creation, the beauty of the created world, as the Book of Genesis tells us and as Saint Francis of Assisi showed us. It means respecting each of God’s creatures and respecting the environment in which we live. It means protecting people, showing loving concern for each and every person, especially children, the elderly, those in need, who are often the last we think about. It means caring for one another in our families: husbands and wives first protect one another, and then, as parents, they care for their children, and children themselves, in time, protect their parents. It means building sincere friendships in which we protect one another in trust, respect, and goodness. In the end, everything has been entrusted to our protection, and all of us are responsible for it. Be protectors of God’s gifts!

–Pope Francis

ImageSt. Joseph, pray for us!

 

A Love Unparalleled

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       “Dear Mother, I have still to tell you what I understand by ‘the sweet odour of the Beloved.’ Since Jesus has gone to heaven, I can follow Him only by the traces He has left. But how radiant and how fragrant these traces are! I have only to glance at the Holy Gospels and at once I breathe the fragrance of His life and know which way to run. I rush to the lowest place, not the highest. I leave the Pharisee to go ahead, and repeat, with the greatest confidence, the humble prayer of the publican. Above all I imitate Mary Magdalene, for her amazing–or rather her loving–audacity which won the Heart of Jesus captivates mine.

“It is not because I have been preserved from mortal sin that I fly to God with loving confidence. I know I should still have this confidence even if my conscience were burdened with every possible crime. I should fling myself into the arms of my Saviour, heartbroken with sorrow. I know how He loved the prodigal son, I have heard His words to St. Mary Magdalene, to the woman taken in adultery, and to the woman of Samaria. No, no one could frighten me, for I know what to think about His love and His mercy. I know that a host of sins would vanish in the twinkling of an eye like a drop of water flung into a furnace.”

–St. Therese of Lisieux