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Daily Happiness Journal #53

June 5th 2020

meditate / red and white tulips

In this email:

  • Food for thought: Meditate
  • Picture of the day: Red and White Tulips
  • Daily Funny: Borrowing the car
  • Daily Happiness: Good grade
  • Daily Quote by Atwood H. Townsend
  • Quote from Creature Wars 1 / The Death of a Vampire

 I hope this little email will uplift and encourage you to see the good things all around you.

Daily Happiness Journal will be posted Monday to Friday

thought for the day


Meditation strengthens the brain's ability to concentrate and handle stress. There's no need to use any specific formula if you don't feel like it. It doesn't have to do with anything religious.

Just concentrate on something in your surroundings that calms your mind. Close your eyes and listen to the AC. Or look at the clouds in the sky. Or gently feel your breathing - air coming in and out. 

You can also lie down and breathe "in" to different parts of your body. One calm breath to your left foot, another to your left ankle, another to left leg... Breathe in, hold the breath for a few moments while you "listen" to how that part of your body feels like, and let your breath just fall out, don't push it. Just let your stomach relax. Wait for a few moments and only then breathe in again. (We use this at yin yoga which is a new version of yoga, developed in the 90s for relaxation to stressed people).

Ten minutes per day is enough. And concentration is the key. This helps push away the monkey chatter of the mind gently.

I've been meditating for... hmm. I think thirty years now. Nothing to do with any religious method. Listening to calming music or a meditation recording to relax. I've also done the breathing exercise a lot (especially if I wake up in the middle of the night, stressed).

From my own experience I can say meditation is really helpful in reducing stress and creating a more positive mindset.

picture of the day

red and white tulips

These tulips were swaying in the breeze against a grey wall. The contrast between the reds, whites and the grey was so pretty.


Borrowing the car

"Dad - can I  borrow your car this evening? I think I'm old enough to drive it."

"You may be but the car isn't."

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(I especially love the funny things children say!). 

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today's happiness

Good Grade

I work full time and at the same time I study for my MA in Egyptology at the University of Manchester. I took two weeks leave from work to write my essay about the Middle Kingdom and New Kingdom palaces. I sat 8-10 hours per day by the computer the first week, and about 6 hours per day the next. I was knackered after this, mumbling under my breath I must be mad to study alongside a stressful day job. Coming back to my day job felt like a holiday.

And then I got my grade - and it was high. "...this is a most impressive piece of work which you should be very happy with. Well done!" That sure made me feel good!

What made you happy today? Send a note and tell, if you wish to share your little happy moment with others.The email address for this daily post is

Daily quote

“No matter how busy you may think you are, 

you must find time for reading, 

or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.”

- Atwood H. Townsend


She sat in the coach, the tears streaming down her cheeks blurring her view of the pretty landscape she was passing through. Her beautiful white dress was the height of fashion. White, because her family was rich enough to pay for a dress one assumed she would only ever wear on this day.

She had taken off her veil, and now she dried her eyes with her lace handkerchief. The horses had gained pace and were moving at a fast trot. In the distance, she saw the church she should have been in. Soon they would start to search for her. But she would not be there. She would never see them again.

The golden chain around her right wrist felt heavy. She pressed the palm of her left hand on it to cover it as the coach turned onto the road leading to the shore where a ship would be waiting for her.

She had made her choice. She had decided to break everyone’s hearts, her own included. How could she not? The task awaiting her was bigger than any individual’s hopes and dreams. And she was the only one who could do it. She had thought she was an ordinary young woman, but those delusions had been shattered.

She felt the silken white fabric under her hand.

She would never forget. She would wear white forever from now on to remember them, even long after they were all dead and gone, and she would still be writing.

- Leena Maria / Creature Wars 1: The Death of a Vampire

I sell my books directly too - the ebooks are cheap to buy and the big e-stores don't share much to the author. So I have downloaded my ebooks to Payhip - they don't take commission and I get more to pay for my editor, proofreader and cover designer. All of whom are one-woman businesses themselves.

If you prefer to write a short happy note each day, I have created planners for this effect. You can write your daily happiness in the squares of the weekly spread - and plan future happiness using the monthly pages. There are even happy (repositionable) stickers included in the planner.

Red and White Tulips Planner
Red and White Tulips Planner
by HappinessJournal

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June 2020

#49 June 1st 2020 Experiences vs Things / Turquoise Metal

#50 June 2nd 2020 Together / Lake Reflection

#51 June 3rd 2020  More Time / Yarn

#52 June 4th 2020 Social Media / Pretty Petals

#53 June 5th 2020 Meditate / Red and White Tulips

#54 June 8th 2020 Gratitude Journal / Pier on a Forest Pond

#55 June 9th 2020 The Things You Love / Ladder Against an Old Oak

#56 June 10th 2020 Sleep / Water Play

#57 June 11th 2020 Respect / Trees in a Field

#58 June 12th 2020 Humour / Shadow Path / Writing News: The First Draft of Space Witches 3 is ready

#59 June 15th 2020 Desiderata / Happy Mummy

#60 June 16th Supposing a tree fell down / Red Wall

#61 June 17th 2020 Abandoning / Pink Bike

#62 June 18th 2020 Being Right / Oranges

#63 June 22nd 2020 Violence / Pink Heart

#64 June 23rd 2020 Stuck / Old Door

#65 June 24th 2020 Dignity / Violets and Daisies / Writing News: Going Through Characters

#66 June 25th 2020 Sleeping Peacefully in a Storm / Decorative Angel

#67 June 26th 2020 Being Right / Reading by the Sea

# 68 June 27th Responsibility and Trust / Orange, Yellow and Green

# 69 June 28th The Positive Bus Driver / Masts

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