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Daily Happiness Journal #61

June 17th 2020

abandoning / pink bike  

In this email:

  • In this email
  • Food for thought: Abandoning
  • Picture of the day: Pink Bike
  • Daily Funny: Letter to the idiot
  • Daily Happiness: Snowman in the middle of summer
  • Daily Quote by Winston Churchill
  • Quote from  The Seven Shabtis 1 / The House of the Morning Sun

 I hope this little email (posted Monday - Friday) will uplift and encourage you to see the good things all around you.

thought for the day


We met with friends yesterday. One of them had lost his mother and the funeral is in the near future. The mother had dementia and did not recognise people anymore. She had been ill for a long time and was very old. She spent several years in an old people's home.

The family was big, but no one visited her except our friend's family - father, mother and daughter. When asked about this from other relatives they gave the explanation that they wanted to remember the old lady when she was healthy and well, not as sick, demented and nearing death.


I think the real answer would have been they were afraid of meeting an old sick person because it would make them feel bad. The problem with our age is that everything should aways be a "high experience". Everything should be fun and make you feel happy. And meeting a reminder of another reality is too much. People are afraid of sorrow, and strong "negative" emotions to the extent they abandon their friends and family as soon as it is a question of a life situation that won't be handled with a get-well-soon card or "things will get better soon".

People forget there is a lot of positivity in the so-called sad situations. There is affection, love, and touch. There are memories, a chance to remember good things. And a chance to have closure if the other person is nearing the end of their physical life. Yes, it is sad too, but there are deep positive aspects in it, not cheap quick "highs", but true memories and love that will make you smile for the rest of your life.

Don't abandon your family and friends when they meet with difficulties, sickness and the end of their life. Be there for them - and you will find out they are there for you too. 

picture of the day

pink bike

On a walk I saw this pretty pink bike leaning against a rock. The colour was just so yummy I took a photo of it. I would have loved to have a pink bike like this when I was a girl. 


Letter to the Idiot

Ted had a habit of pickering the mailman.

One day when he approached with a packet, Ted asked him:

"If I sent a letter to the biggest idiot in town, to whom would you take the letter to?"

The mailman gave the package to Ted and answered:

"I think I would return it to sender."

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

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today's happiness

Snowman in the middle of summer

Boy it was a hot day. We went for a walk nevertheless, Hubby and I. And there, painted on the sidewalk was a refreshing little snowman - Olaf from Frozen. Someone had really captured his likeness. How can you not smile, looking at that expression?

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

You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks. 

-Winston Churchill

quote from space witches 1 / The book of Witches

Finally, she could not take it anymore and got out of bed. She walked into the living room, so she wouldn’t wake up Ellie, who slept clutching her toy Black Beauty in her hand.

The room was dark as there was no moonlight. She went over to the window and looked down into the courtyard. There was a single lamp in the middle, which only lit the centre of the empty courtyard. Mr. Brown had been taken in for the night.

Kaylee was just about to turn away from the window when a light appeared on the mountainside behind the castle gate. No, not just one light. Several lights. They blinked into view one by one, and they formed a sign Kaylee knew well. It was the ancient Egyptian sign of the ankh, the symbol of life.

The main door to the castle was almost directly underneath Kaylee's family's rooms, and now someone was running out through it.

It was Dan. He hurried to the stables, opening a pair of doors. The headlights of a car came on and he drove out of the garage and towards the gate. It opened for him and he stepped on the gas and skidded onto the bridge. Kaylee saw the car's red taillights heading up the mountainside.

One by one, the lights went out in quick succession. When Dan's car reached the area where they had been, no other lights but the car's were visible. Kaylee observed the car turning back and it soon drove into the courtyard again.

Another figure appeared from the doorway beneath Kaylee. Mr. Wherrett in his wheelchair. Dan took the car to the garage and then walked across to Mr. Wherrett. Kaylee opened the window as quietly as she could – and thankfully, the hinges were well oiled, it seemed.

"Did you catch anyone?" she heard Mr. Wherrett asking.

"No. As before, they vanished into thin air. Of course, they spot the headlights and escape. One day I’ll catch them."

- Leena Maria / The Seven Shabtis 1 / The House of the Morning Sun / Chapter  3: To the Village

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. (You get the ebook in your preferred e-reader format.)

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.

Happiness Planner Pink Bike
Happiness Planner Pink Bike
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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