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A healthy friend dies participating in a sport she loves. A husband works hard on his marriage only to come home one day and find his wife in bed with another man.

A knock at the door and a starving family opens it to find bags of groceries piled anonymously on the porch. A large order comes in just as a company is getting ready to close its doors, and the owner’s dream is given new life.

Sometimes life twists. Sometimes it goes the other way, too. Things happen. Sometimes we label these events good, sometimes bad. We cannot always see the reason or purpose in them, but most of us choose to believe there’s a Divine plan.

I don’t know why I’ve received some of the blessings I’ve been given; I don’t know why some of the sorrow has come my way. All I can do is trust that whatever comes my way, there’s a lesson at hand. Are you focusing on the circumstances of your life instead of the lessons? The circumstances are the tools. Be involved in them. Feel the pain of loss and the elation of victory. Let compassion works its way into your soul. Learn caring and kindness for others and yourself, too.

Instead of asking why to learn to ask what the lesson is. The moment you become ready to accept it, the lesson will become clear.

Ask for guidance first

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Sometimes things seem like good ideas and aren’t, really. - Piglet

Self-will is a tricky thing. So are impulse behaviors.

We’ve heard of impulse buying-making purchases quickly and without thought, based on momentary impulse.

It’s easy to get caught up living our lives that way, too.

So often, we run off in the heat of the moment.

Spontaneity is good.

Saying yes to life is good, too. But impulse living can get us into trouble.

We can overreact to a problem and then sit in a heap of regrets.

Sometimes, the next step presents itself clearly, in a flash of inspiration.

Sometimes, we’re meant to go forward and not let our fears and negative thoughts hold us back.

Sometimes, we’re acting on impulse and may end up sabotaging ourselves.

Ask for guidance first.

It takes only a second to check the map and see if the turn we’re thinking of making is where we really want to go.

God, show me what your will is for me. Show me if the decision I’m about to make is in my best interests or if there is a better path for me to explore.

Smile

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Health Benefits of Smiling

“You can be happier at work if you smile more, even if you have to fake it,” according to an article in the Harvard University Gazette.

Putting on a happy face has positive benefits both for you and the people around you.

That’s true in personal and work relationships.

Smiling makes everyone feel good.

• Smile at your manager and co-workers.

• Smile when you walk in the door and greet your partner.

• Smile when you talk on the phone with your mother.

• Try it right now! Smile and notice how it makes you feel more relaxed and cheerful.

Women smile more than men, according to a Yale University study published in Psychological Bulletin.

Walk every day

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The Walking Advantage: Incredible Health Benefits of Walking

We’re less active than ever before and obesity rates are higher than ever.

Seven in ten adults in the U.S. aren’t regularly active, according to the President’s Council on Physical Fitness.

A great way to look and feel better is to walk. Walking is good for people of all ages. It helps you lose weight and keep weight off and keeps your
muscles toned.

You can make walking a lifetime habit by starting with this simple plan: Walk 10 minutes a day this week. Then gradually work up to 30 minutes
a day 4 days or more a week. For every mile that you walk, you burn 95-100 calories.
Tip: Wear a pedometer or step-counter when you walk. It’s a great motivator and an easy way to track your distance.
They’re available at most sporting goods stores.

Exercise your brain.

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13 Brain Exercises to Help Keep You Mentally Sharp

Exercising your brain can improve memory and reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, according to medical studies.

• Challenge your brain by doing old routines in new ways. Brush your teeth with your other hand. Take a new route to work.

• Do crossword puzzles or other brain-teasers.

• Learn a new language.

• Learn a new computer program.

• Practice or take up playing a musical instrument.

Brainteaser: How does your brain make sense of this? Doog gnileef. Reverse the order and you’ve got “feeling well”!

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