What is Happiness?
Happiness does not depend on having more things, getting your own way or doing what you think it should. Happiness comes from knowing that while we cant make an unhappy person happy, we are constantly and inevitably affecting other peoples wellbeing. All our encounters with others lift their spirits or lower them. Taking this power seriously is a crucial way of growing into our highest potential. We need to shift our thinking from 'What will make me happy?' to 'How can I most positively affect the world around me?'. Being a source of happiness, support, interest, comfort and wellbeing for others will transform our own lives.

Tips For Young People

From a newspaper column written by Mary Schmich, a columnist for The Chicago Tribune, who said she wrote it "while high on coffee and M&Ms" on May 31, 1997.
Wear sunscreen.
If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience. I will dispense this advice now.
Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they've faded. But trust me, in 20 years, you'll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can't grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. You are not as fat as you imagine.
Don't worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blindside you at 4 pm on some idle Tuesday.
Do one thing every day that scares you.
Don't be reckless with other people's hearts. Don't put up with people who are reckless with yours.
Don't waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind. The race is long and, in the end, it's only with yourself.
Remember compliments you receive. Forget the insults. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how.
Keep your old love letters. Throw away your old bank statements.
Don't feel guilty if you don't know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn't know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives. Some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know still don't.
Get plenty of calcium. Be kind to your knees. You'll miss them when they're gone.
Maybe you'll marry, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll have children, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll divorce at 40, maybe you'll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary. Whatever you do, don't congratulate yourself too much, or berate yourself either. Your choices are half chance. So are everybody else's.
Enjoy your body. Use it every way you can. Don't be afraid of it or of what other people think of it. It's the greatest instrument you'll ever own.
Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your own living room.
Read the directions, even if you don't follow them.
Do not read beauty magazines. They will only make you feel ugly.
Get to know your parents. You never know when they'll be gone for good.
Be nice to your siblings. They're your best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.
Understand that friends come and go, but with a precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle, because the older you get, the more you need the people who knew you when you were young.
Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard. Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft.
Accept certain inalienable truths: Prices will rise. Politicians will philander. You, too, will get old. And when you do, you'll fantasize that when you were young, prices were reasonable, politicians were noble and children respected their elders.
Respect your elders.
Don't expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund. Maybe you'll have a wealthy spouse. But you never know when either one might run out.
Don't mess too much with your hair or by the time you're 40 it will look 85.
Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it's worth.

George Carlin Strikes Again, I enjoyed reading this.

If you're politically correct buzz off you won't like this site!
Ever wonder about those people who spend $2.00 apiece on those little bottles of Evian water? Try spelling Evian backwards. NAIVE
Isn't making a smoking section in a restaurant like making a peeing section in a swimming pool?
OK... so if the Jacksonville Jaguars are known as the "Jags" and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are known as the "Bucs", what does that make the Tennessee Titans ?
If 4 out of 5 people SUFFER from diarrhea...does that mean that one enjoys it?
There are three religious truths:
Jews do not recognize Jesus as the Messiah.
Protestants do not recognize the Pope as the leader of the Christian faith.
Baptists do not recognize each other in the liquor store or at Hooters
If you take an Oriental person and spin him around several times, does he become disoriented?
If people from Poland are called Poles, why aren't people from Holland called Holes?
Why do we say something is out of whack? What's a whack?
Do infants enjoy infancy as much as adults enjoy adultery?
If a pig loses its voice, is it disgruntled?
If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular?
When someone asks you, "A penny for your thoughts" and you put your two cents in . . .what happens to the other penny?
Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker?
Why do croutons come in airtight packages? Aren't they just stale bread to begin with?
When cheese gets its picture taken, what does it say?
Why is a person who plays the piano called a pianist but a person who drives a race car not called a racist?
Why are a wise man and a wise guy opposites?
Why do overlook and oversee mean opposite things?
Why isn't the number 11 pronounced onety one?
"I am" is reportedly the shortest sentence in the English language. Could it be that "I do" is the longest sentence?
If lawyers are disbarred and clergymen defrocked, doesn't it follow that electricians can be delighted musicians denoted, cowboys deranged, models deposed, tree surgeons debarked, and dry cleaners depressed?
If Fed Ex and UPS were to merge, would they call it Fed UP?
Do Lipton Tea employees take coffee breaks?
What hair color do they put on the driver's licenses of bald men?
I was thinking about how people seem to read the Bible a whole lot more as they get older; then it dawned on me . . they're cramming for their final exam.
I thought about how mothers feed their babies with tiny little spoons and forks so I wondered what do Chinese mothers use? Toothpicks?
Why do they put pictures of criminals up in the Post Office? What are we supposed to do, write to them? Why don't they just put their pictures on the postage stamps so the mailmen can look for them while they deliver the mail?
If it's true that we are here to help others, then what exactly are the others here for?
You never really learn to swear until you learn to drive.
No one ever says, "It's only a game" when their team is winning.
Ever wonder what the speed of lightning would be if it didn't zigzag?
Last night I played a blank tape at full blast. The mime next door went nuts.
If a cow laughed, would milk come out her nose?
Whatever happened to Preparations A through G?

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Life by Al Einstein

"How strange is the lot of us mortals! Each of us is here for a brief sojourn; for what purpose he knows not, though he sometimes thinks he senses it. But without deeper reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people -- first of all for those upon whose smiles and well-being our own happiness is wholly dependent, and then for the many, unknown to us, to whose destinies we are bound by the ties of sympathy. A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving...Al Einstein

Happy Thankgiving To Everyone, may you have a safe and enjoyable Day

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I just love this cartoon, I found it a few months ago.

Beat Period Pain

Did you know that up to 50 per cent of menstruating women suffer from period pain?
Thankfully, there are a number of herbs and natural remedies that can help ease this unpleasant symptom. One in five women who suffer period pain (also known as dysmenorrhoea, menstrual cramps or menstrual pain) say the pain is severe enough to interfere with their ability to function normally one to three days every month. Thats why menstrual cramps are the leading cause of absenteeism in women under the age of the full article

Glitter Graphics -

I just had to put up this picture, and send everyone who is in need of a friend. 'A hug'. Take care

I love doing scrappbooking, but I never seem to get enough time to fit it in. I just wanted to share my lastest 2 pages with everyone.

This page is of my daughter Rennae (in front) with her school friends. This photo was taken last year '07 just before xmas. Hopefully im a bit quicker scrapping this years xmas photos.

This page is of our dog Mickey, he is a 1 year old Tibetan Spanial cross. Of course we are biased and think he is the cutest little boy. Full of fun and energy.

Body Treats, great enviromentally friendly products

I just have to rave about these new products I have added on my for your health web site, The name of the range is Body Treats and they are all Australian owned and made. I wanted to buy the whole range as soon as I saw them. The products come in 5 fragrances, Hot Grapefruit, Spicy Pear, Very Berry, Sticky Mango and Ice Lime. They all sound good enough to eat, let alone use. As I love candles these are the ones I purchased first. They look great and they smell even better. You can buy them in 3 sizes, baby size $4.00 ea. medium size $7.50 ea. and king size $13.50 ea. These candles are made from pure palm butter. All natural and non toxic. They provide a clean burn - no smoke and no pollution. 100% pure, natural palm wax with cotton wicks and they contain only essential oils and fine fragrances.

Buying Mickey a Pet Bed

Snooza Pet CushionWe all agreed that Mickey needs his own bed, but thats when the problems started. What size bed, does Mickey sprawl or does he curl up to sleep. What price range can we afford. Will the bed last the distance. What colour, what fabric, what design, what's next? It seemed to be too many choices. But then again we spend a lot of time choosing our own beds. So the search began. After checking out numerous pet stores around town. We then hit the internet, and wow we had fun, tiring fun but fun nether the less. The choices out there are amazing. In the end we decided to support our own website and we bought Mickey the Snooza Pet Cushion for inside and the Snooza Durobed for outdoors. Yes we got both beds cheaper, but what really helped us decide was the quality and durability of the Snooza products, and to top it all off, great colours and designs across the whole range. The Durobed is made from UV treated shade cloth style fabric, which never fades, is mould resistant and to clean, you just hose it down. How great is that. As for the Snooza Pet Cushion you can buy replaceable covers and extra filling for when it goes flat. The only problem is our cat Ayla loves the pet cushion as much as Mickey does. So its the first one to the bed, is the first one to commandeer it.

The Dangers of Clumping Cat Litter

Clumping cat litters hold great appeal for cat-lovers because they are so convenient. But what many pet-owners don’t realize is that two ingredients in most clumping cat litters have been implicated in diseases and even the deaths of many animals and humans.
Sodium bentonite
Is often added as a clumping agent to traditional cat litters to create the “scoopable” clay litters on the market. Sodium bentonite acts like an expandable cement, used as a grouting, sealing, and plugging material-it can swell up to 15 to18 times their dry size and clog up your cat's insides. which is why these litters should not be flushed. Cats often lick themselves after using the litter box, ingesting pieces of the litter. If litter gets inside them, it expands just as it does in the plumbing. Also, the dust from such litters can coat our cats’ lungs, leading to respiratory problems. There has been reported instances of poisoning in humans from chronic ingestion of sodium bentonite, so just imagine what effect it can have on our kitties!
Quartz silica (sand)
The other ingredient in most clumping litters, is a known carcinogen for both humans and household pets when inhaled. According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, silicon particles which can be found in clay litter are a known human carcinogen. Breathing in these particles can cause respiratory illness. When your cat goes to cover her waste, this dust is kicked up and introduced into the room. Distributed on the floor and anywhere else it chooses to settle, the dust then becomes an invasive intruder, causing problems for humans and animals alike.
Flushable litters
Flushable litters, however, remain controversial because cat poo can contain Toxoplasma gondii, a parasite that enters felines after they've eaten infected rodents, birds, or other small animals... more...So what's a kitty owner to do? Try one of these tried and tested Australian Cat Litter Products. All enviromentaly friendy.

A new addition to our Family

Meet Mickey
A Tibetan Spaniel Cross, not sure what he is crossed with. He is a pound rescue puppy. About 1 year old. Mickey has settled in very well. Loves annoying our cat Ayla, although I think he really just wants to play with her. She looks at him as though he is scum and not worthy of her time. They seem to have settled into a pattern of sharing the snooza cushion. But Ayla is definatly the boss. If shes on the bed Mickey takes a wide path around it.
We gave Mickey a welcome puppy party, with his new puppy friends, I made a Peanut Butter Carrot Cake for him. It was a great success, enjoyed by all his pals. I also tried the Apple Cinnamon Drops. Very easy to make and Mickey loves them as a treat.

Rules for Cats who have to run a House

The following is a manual of guidelines for the busy cat(s) who will have a house to manage after adopting one or more humans. It is, of course, impossible to cover all possible situations, as those humans are always up to some sort of mischief, but the compiler and contributors to this guide have endeavoured to cover as wide a variety of topics as possible. It is important that this document be kept out of the hands of humans, who will undoubtedly find a way to use it to their advantage. Read full Article...