Don’t Worry!

This message is a cautionary tale from a longtime “worrywart” (or as my father-in-law used to say, “worryhorse”).  I have wasted many hours and sacrificed endless enjoyment by worrying about all sorts of things, most of which never came to pass.  It is my hope that my insights today will help other worriers to reform their ways and increase their happiness in life. Reasons Not to Worry I recently listened to an episode of the Happiness Hour from radio talk show host, Dennis Prager.  The focus of … [Read more...]

Serenity, Courage, Wisdom…

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. The passage above is called the Serenity Prayer. It is used frequently in Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-step recovery programs.  It is simple yet extremely powerful.  I believe that if one fully embraces and lives in tune with the words of this prayer, he or she will live a much more peaceful and happy life. I dedicate this week’s post to the discussion … [Read more...]

Missing Tile Syndrome

Today’s post focuses on a concept introduced by author Dennis Prager in his book, “Happiness is a Serious Problem.”  I highly recommend this book as a concise and extremely informative book on the often elusive subject of happiness.  Dennis presents a number of life-changing philosophies in his book, but one of the best is the concept of the “missing tile syndrome.” Imagine this Scenario… Imagine that you are in a dentist’s office having your teeth cleaned and are thus focused on the ceiling … [Read more...]