Tid Bits & Giggles – Thursday

Sorry, I’m late today.

PhoenixGrin  I try to get Tid Bits & Giggles out in the early morning to start y’all with a smile on your face. Friday’s bring us all smiles, so I try not to “waste” a good giggle on Friday. Most of you will be reading this Friday morning, so I suppose you will be the happiest people of all.  😉

It’s been a long week and it will be an even longer weekend because I must finish a task, and distribute reports to our chairwomen this coming Monday.  So far the progress I’m making has been like this: PenguinPush

Please feel free to send me a tidbit or giggle – I will be needing some!

I was on the road half the day today, so I was reading all kinds of signs, and it reminded me that I have photos of some cool ones!

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You will only see this sort of thing in Maine!

This doormat was on our porch for years!Doormat

 

 

 

 

My favorites (and the ones hubby would not let me put outside):
Funny Doormat

 

 

I really wanted this one (below) in front of my office door at work!!
Rude Doormat

I hope you at least got a smile out of this post!

J

Silly Post Monday: Frogs

This is the kind of frog I like:

Big Frog On Couch

Because,

  • Hubert the Frog  is not slimy.
  • He is quiet and doesn’t croak all night.
  • He seems happy.
  • He doesn’t jump, so the Calaveras County Frog Jumping Contest in May is out, but I can get over that.
  • He does not need to eat, so I don’t have to keep bugs in the house.
  • No eat – no froggy-doo
  • He does not exhibit destructive behavior when we leave him alone.

We know something goes on when we leave, but  we can’t prove it.

However, lately we suspect that Hubert Frog is really Hillary Frog, or having a party. Even worse, Hubert invited over a couple of buddies to watch Monday Night Football.

More Frogs

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Frog Pattern provided by Lion’s Brand Yarn.

A Gratitude Attitude

January is National Thank You Month.

Thank you message in the grotto of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church (New Orleans). Image courtesy of Wikipedia

I didn’t know that either, until today, after I googled it.  This is the perfect month for the National Thank You to be in. Right after Christmas, and to put a positive spin on the new year.  January is usually my least favorite month. I’m either sick, depressed, or both. So, I will start being thankful that January only has a couple more weeks to go. 🙂

I came across the following article, “Tips for Nurturing Your Gratitude Attitude“, written by Laura Carlson and appears in ICDC Life, the official magazine of ICDC College.  Perhaps you’ll get something out of it too…

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“When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the morning light, for your life and strength. Give thanks for your food, and the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies with yourself.”

—Tecumseh, Shawnee Chief

First and foremost, developing a gratitude attitude can actually help make you healthier and happier. Recent research shows that gratefulness has been associated with better sleep, lower anxiety and depression, and heightened satisfaction with life. Plus, it helps you behave nicer toward others.

Consider the facts from a University of California, Davis /University of Miami study on gratitude. The study’s subjects were asked to keep a weekly journal of five things they were grateful for (such as an outing they enjoyed, a friend’s kindness, or something new they learned). When compared with the control group, those keeping the journal felt happier and had fewer physical issues.

Second, further benefits of gratitude were shown in a separate study of people with neuromuscular issues. The ones who kept a gratitude log reported feeling happier, and they also fell asleep more quickly. They slept longer and woke up feeling more refreshed, too!

Third, other research showed that a grateful attitude is associated with reduced levels of aggression. A thankful outlook can improve mental well-being and motivate people to express concern for others.

Here are some ways to celebrate National Thank-You Month:

Keep a gratitude journal. Each week, jot down five specific reasons to give thanks—like anything going well in your life. (Note: If you have a way of viewing the world that is mean and downcast, you’re likely going to receive anger and frustration in return.)

Try doing small, thoughtful things for your family. It doesn’t matter how dysfunctional your family might be, you can do small, thoughtful things. For instance, when you truly listen to them, you will begin to see subtle, positive reactions, according to research done at University of California, Riverside.

Make a gratitude visit. Write a letter to a person who improved your life and remember to be specific. Bring it to them in person, and try not to tell him or her ahead of time what your visit is about. When you meet up with the person, read the letter slowly to the recipient. According to a study at University of Pennsylvania, you will start to feel happier yourself!

Hang out with thankful people. When you socialize with others who are optimistic and appreciative, it can be contagious. These people tend to be energetic, have a happy attitude, and are comfortable trying new things.

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