Daily Happiness Journal #10 April 23rd 2020

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Daily Happiness Email #10 April 23rd 2020

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

  • Food for thought: Anxiety
  • Picture of the day: Happiness Is Cherry Blossoms
  • Daily Funny: Droid
  • Daily Happiness: Strawberries on the beach
  • Daily Quote about picnics

Thought for the day

Anxiety

“Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.”

― Arthur Roche

This is so true. Often we have one thing to worry about and a dozen that are going well. And what do we do? We concentrate of thinking about the worrisome thing, and eventually it is all we see. All the good things in life vanish from our minds because our mind can only concentrate on one thing at a time. And a thought we keep thinking tends to turn into what we perceive as truth. Suddenly that one worrisome thing has turned our whole world into a its likeness. Nothing feels good anymore. And getting out of that spiral of negative feelings takes some doing… So do yourself a favour and concentrate on the good things too. Take the habit of writing done one good thing that happened in your day. Every day. Use a notebook, your calendar, your mobile phone. Anything. Just write it down. And read later what you have written. You’d be surprised to see how many wonderful, joyful things you have in your life. It’s just a question of learning to notice them.

Picture of the day

Write down the positive things in your day, and let them lift your spirits

Happiness Is Cherry Blossoms

I thought maybe people would like to see some drawings for a change. So I created this little happy character. As you may have noticed from my previous emails, spring has arrived here and I especially like the beauty of cherry trees in full bloom. So no surprise they made it into this little picture as well 🙂

Daily Funny

Droid

What do you call a droid that takes the long way around?

R2 detour.

Do you have a funny story you would like to see published in this letter? An event, what someone said? If so, send me your funny story in an email

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

My email for this is daily email is

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Today’s Happiness

Strawberries on the beach

We went to the seaside for a picnic today – the first really warm spring day, and we could safely sit on the beach, alone. Sitting in the warm sun. listening to the waves and eating sushi and strawberries… Definitely something to write about in my Happiness Journal.

What made you happy today? Send a note and tell, if you wish to share your little happy moment with others.

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Daily Quote

“You bring your own weather to the picnic.”

(I tried to find who said this originally, but there were several candidates so I did not know whom to choose.)

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Daily Happiness Journal #9 April 22nd 2020

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

  • Food for thought: Water under the bridge
  • Picture of the day: Happiness journal / Water Under the Bridge
  • Daily Funny: A Joke for the Boss
  • Daily Happiness: 80’s music
  • Daily Quote about limitations
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Water Under the Bridge

“A boy, long time ago, leaned against the railing of a bridge and watched the current of the river below. A log, a bit of driftwood, a chip floated past. Again the surface of the river was smooth. But always, as it had for a hundred, perhaps a thousand, perhaps a million years, the water slipped by, under the bridge. Sometimes the current went more swiftly, and again quite slowly. But always the river flowed on under the bridge.

Watching the river that day the boy made a discovery. It was not the discovery of a material thing, something he might put his hand upon. He could not even see it. He had discovered an idea. Quite suddenly, yet quietly, he knew that everything in his life would someday pass under the bridge and be gone, like water. And the boy came to like those words “under the bridge”. All his life thereafter the idea served him well and carried him through, although there were days and ways that were dark and not easy. Always, when he had made a mistake that couldn’t be helped, or lost something that would never come again, the boy, now a man, said, “It’s water under the bridge.” And he didn’t worry unduly about the mistakes after that and he certainly didn’t let them get him down – because it was “water under the bridge”. “

– N.V. Peale

Picture of the day

Because of the thought for today, this picture was the only logical choice.

This little bridge is quite near where we live, and we often walk in the woods and cross the little stream using this bridge.

Perhaps you could write down the things floating in your river on the left hand side of the notebook, and then later on the right hand side what good came out of it?

Happiness Journal / Water Under the Bridge products

Daily Funny / A joke to the boss

My boss texted me: “I could use a little cheering up and they told me you know good jokes. Send me one.”

I texted back: “I’m busy working, I’ll send a joke later.”

To which he answered: “That was funny. Send me another one!”

Do you have a funny story you would like to see published in this letter? An event, what someone said? If so, send me your funny story in an email

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

My email for this is daily email is

happinessjournal@yahoo.com

Today’s happiness

80’s music
We went for a drive around a nearby island, and listened to a radio station that only played music from the 80’s. Gosh that was fun! And of course I was hollering along. So fun to remember all those songs, even though I had not heard them in years. For a while I did not think of the corona pandemic at all.

Do you have a happiness you would like to share?

The email address for this daily post is happinessjournal@yahoo.com

Daily Quote

“Take a limitation and turn it into an opportunity. Take an opportunity and turn it into an adventure by dreaming BIG!”

– Jo Franz

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Daily Happiness Journal #4 April 16th

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April 16th 2020

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

  • Food for thought: Are you doing something to follow your dream?
  • Picture of the day: Happiness journal with feathers and a fountain pen
  • Daily Funny: Clean up!
  • Daily Happiness: Yellow tulips
  • Daily Quote from Jonathan Livingston Seagull

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

Thought for the day

Are you doing something to follow your dream?

When I was searching for a quote for today, the words of Jonathan Livingston Seagull touched me. I know people who literally have aske me why do I bother studying Egyptology and write my books even though I have a day job. What’s the point? Doesn’t it take all my spare time?

Yes, it does. But I have noticed you can follow your dream even when you cannot use the whole day to concentrate on it. I always wanted to be an Egyptologist and an author. So I simply kept on using what ever time I had to study and write – because they are my passions.

Apparently looking at me (and others) doing things to achieve a dream can be painful to those who have chosen not to do so. Or who believe they simply haven’t got the time. Others reaching for something they have always wanted reminds these people of the dreams they have denied.

I have seen how this denial can turn someone bitter. They do not want to be with those who are following their dream. Or at least they try to belittle their achievements, to drag the “achiever” down to their own misery. (Misery loves company, as you may have noticed).

Do you have a painful dream inside your heart? Has someone convinced you it is not worth striving for?

Don’t believe them. Understand the pain you feel when thinking about your dream is a sign your dream is still alive. Don’t wait for long interrupted hours to start heading towards your dream. Find a few moments each day, even if it is only ten minutes. And do something during that time that takes you one step closer to your dream. Each journey starts with that first step, and when you take enough steps, you reach your goal.

This is your life. Live it in a way that increases your happiness.

picture of the day
Write down the positive things in your day, and let them lift your spirits
Happiness Journal to lift your spirits
Daily Happiness Journal
Happy moments can be fleeting like the touch of an angel’s wing. So write them down!

I created this picture using two photographs I had taken. One was of feathers in a wall decoration at a friend’s house, and the other is the fountain pen I finally bought to myself as a birthday present after years of wanting to have one. I bought it in a little shop in Turin, Italy. The shop only sold fountain pens. You can guess it took me quite a while to get out of that shop…

I thought this would be a nice cover for a Happiness Journal. Writing positive things can make the spirit light as a feather – helping us to soar high and see a bigger picture.

daily funny
Clean Up!

This happened in a friend’s family many years ago. She had two small daughters who loved to spread their toys around – but not to gather them away.

One day visitors were coming over and the mother asked the girls several times to take their toys away from the living room. They just kept on playing – and then the doorbell rang. The younger daughter froze for a second. The she got up and run to the door.

“You clean up! I’ll delay them!” she yelled.

Do you have a funny story you would like to see published in this letter? An event, what someone said? If so, send me your funny story in an email

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

My email for this is daily email is

happinessjournal@yahoo.com

TODAy’S HAPPINESS

It is spring outside here in this part of the world, but winter peeks in with occasional snow just when all you’d like to see are flowers and sunshine. But never mind the grey weather outside when you have bright yellow tulips!

What made you happy today? Send me an email so I can add your little joy to future daily mails to bring happiness to others as well.

The email address for this daily post is happinessjournal@yahoo.com

daily quote

“We can lift ourselves out of ignorance, we can find ourselves as creatures of excellence and intelligence and skill. We can be free! We can learn to fly!”

– Jonathan Livingston Seagull

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Daily Happiness Journal April 15th 2020

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I hope this little email will uplift and encourage you to see the good things all around you.
In this email:
Food for thought: what do we really see in others
Picture of the day: Happy Journals
Daily Funny: Spiderman
Daily Happiness: Butterfly stickers
Daily Quote from Winnie the Pooh
I hope this little email will uplift and encourage you to see the good things all around you.
Thought for the day


What do we really see in others?We think we can quickly see the faults of another person. The interesting this is that these are often the same ones we don’t notice in ourselves. An annoying habit or trait in another person is often something we cannot tolerate in ourselves.
The next time you notice someone is annoying, look into yourself. Are you perhaps mirroring something in yourself to other people so you could give words and structure to that characteristic? If so, what does this teach you?
Picture of the day
When you write Happiness Journals you have lots of uplifting stuff to read when gloomy mood hits you.
Happy Journals

This is a quick sketch I made some years ago. Obviously, as I love books, this is about loving reading (and writing) them. But this picture can also represent the Happiness Journals I have written along the way. Notebooks, side notes in diaries, little sticky notes…
My Happiness Journal / Happy Journals -products
Daily Funny

One day I saw a mother and her little son (about 3 years of age) at a local mall. The mother was pointing at a big flowerpot. “Look! Can you see that?” she asked. I could see what she was pointing –  a little spider was weaving a net between two leaves. The little boy looked, clapped his hands and yelled: “Spiderman!”
Do you have a funny story you would like to see published in this letter? An event, what someone said? If so, send me your funny story in an email (I especially love the funny things children say!). My email  for this is daily email is

happinessjournal@yahoo.com
Today’s Happiness


Today’s happy little detail for me are the small washi-butterflies I can decorate my journal with. What made you happy today? Send me an email so I can add your little joy to future daily mails to bring happiness to others as well.

The email address for this daily post is happinessjournal@yahoo.com
Daily Quote
“I always get to where I’m going by walking away from where I have been.”

– Winnie the Pooh
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The very first Daily Happiness Email

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April 14th 2020
I hope this little email will uplift and encourage you to see the good things all around you.

Thought for the day:

Do you hurry forward, living the “once-then”-life?

Once you get something, then you will be happy… And when you get it you notice you are happy for a while, and suddenly new things to want come to your mind. You are not forever happy after having achieved the wanted thing after all. You see many things around you you once wanted, and now you barely pay attention to anymore. I love the saying that happiness is not a destination, it is the journey. Concentrate on your daily journey and look at the little beautiful things around you.

About me


Author, Egyptologist, Artist…I
have been writing even before I could write. Sort of. My first story was a horse cartoon I drew  after meeting a police horse. I was three years old at the time and not knowing the alphabet yet used pictures to tell my stories. Today I have published several books and you can find my website at www.leenasbooks.com

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I love painting, photographing, writing, ancient Egypt (doing my MA at the University of Manchester at the moment), animals, nature, reading, walking, going to the gym…I have been writing positive quotes and done happiness journaling since I was in my twenties (after paying attention to the negative self talk in my mind). It is easy to slip back to old negative thinking, so I have to admit I have a bit of a selfish motivation to write these little Happiness Journal emails. It keeps me concentrating on the good things in life too.I’ll be posting quotes, photos, drawings and bits and pieces of writer’s life. 

Photo of the day

A little yellow flowerI saw this little flower on the side of a road on the last hot summer day – clouds were gathering and you could feel the rain approaching.  The flower reminded me of the way life sometimes feels like – a rocky patch, grey and hard to walk through. And then, suddenly, a little joyful thing surprises you, reminding that not everything is grey and difficult.

Daily Quote

To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And Heaven in a Wild Flower
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.

– William Blake (Auguries of Innocence)

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New Posts on my blog

How did I start writing stories even before I could write? Now that’s a question that involves a horse… You find the post here

How a police horse made me create my first story even before I could write

And another post on my website about what started me on my writing journey. (I do refer to the above in the post, but this post is more about what was the driving force that made me write. Hint: can’t explain). That post is here.

Living the Dream Life of an Author

I have written a blog post about being an author on my Patreon page. Patrons get to see the blog posts a month before others, and this one was written on 11th September 2019.

The blog post was inspired by a comment of another MA student of Egyptology.

The hamster on the right is one of the avatars from my Patreon page – this one is “news from the hamster wheel” aka blog posts of a writer’s life. I use these little pics to separate the posts of different tiers.

The blog post can be read here.

Book Review The Oracle of Stamboul

The way the author goes inside the mind of a little girl is impressive. I could feel her emotions and yet remain an outside observer. The way the author weaves the language is poetic without being stuffy. Beautiful, beautiful language! I love historical fiction when it makes an era alive for you, and this book certainly did that – presenting the high and mighty along with ordinary people so that together they made you see into the times that have passed. The description of the physical surroundings only added to the poetry of this book. And the end result was quite surprising, yet I understood the motivations of the little Eleonora Cohen so well.

Thank you for writing this beautiful story – this will be one of those books I will be reading again and again. Bravo! 

Book Review: The Witch of Napoli

A fascinating story. The details of the seances were well written. The characters were interesting, though perhaps remained a little distant at times in my mind (slightly more telling instead of showing), which is the only reason I did not give this story five stars. But the characters were well researched and there were certainly moments in the story when I could relate to their emotions.

I enjoyed reading about old Naples and the other locations. The author was skilled in painting the scenery with words – I could imagine the sights, sounds and smells easily. 

I would have given this 4,5 stars it that had been possible. WIll read this author’s next book for certain.

Book Review: Purrs and Peril

If you are looking for a cozy mystery, this is just about as cozy as it can get. Which is exactly what I needed when I downloaded this ebook. I was stressed out (birthing two books before the end of the month when my MA Egyptology studies start). It turned out to be a good choice to calm down my mind – despite being a murder mystery.

There is nothing too scary about Purrs and Peril. it has just the right amount of wondering who-did-it in the midst of cozy baking and knitting (the protagonist has inherited a small café and runs it with the help of her cousin and a Norwegian forest cat.) There is a touch of budding romance – of course there has to be a handsome detective… Cute story. I was kinda waiting for the cat to have her own thoughts and maybe “say” things. She did not, but had an endearing presence nevertheless. I could almost hear in my ears the “brrt” she said when discussing with her human, and while leading the cafeteria customers to their seats – which the cat chose for them.

if I had not been so stressed, I probably would have needed a little bit more action, but as it was, it was the perfect thing to read. I give the book four stars.

Purrs and Peril can be found here.