Turns out mom was right

Posted: August 9, 2013 in Uncategorized
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This morning I come across an interesting article while surfing the web and drinking coffee. The article is titled ten things you can do to make you happier. The article is really great and if you have the chance you should read it. The article goes into the science behind why these things make you happy. Happiness really is a choice and my doing these ten simple things we can choose to be happy.

1. Exercise more

2. Sleep more

3. Move closer to work

4. Spend times with Family

5. Go outside

6. Help others

7. Practice Smiling

8. Plan a trip

9. Meditate

10. Practice Gratitude

I am not sure about you but I was raised by a mom who suggested all these things to me as a child and even now when I call as an adult. Cut away to a call between my mother and myself…

mom: So good to hear from you. How are you?

me: I am ok…

mom: oh are you taking care of yourself I just finished Pilates you would like that (exercise more).

me: I run every day mom. I never really got into Pilates

mom: ok that’s good I never really liked running.  Are you getting enough sleep (sleep more)? Have you spoke with your sisters lately (time with family)?

me: I am sleeping fine. I spoke with Ashley last week. It is hard to get a hold of them.

mom: Oh she is going on vacation. Are you taking a vacation (plan a trip)? Are you still volunteering at church (help others)? Are you still going to church (meditate)?

me: yes to all it is all going ok too.

mom: well that is great it is so good to hear from you. Thanks for calling (gratitude)?

The call goes on but, you have suffered enough. I really enjoy my calls with my mom and most do not include that many questions. She does not make it a habit to nag me, but she does offer this type of advice. Mom is grown up and she loves me and so does your mom or mother figure. She has a desire to see you be happy and it seems for the most part that she is dead on about how to be happy.

So next time we think we are being mothered, maybe we can practice gratitude, say thank you and follow the sound scientific advice.

peace

john3c

 

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