Through Rose Coloured Glasses
My family (on my father’s side) is having a reunion this week-end. This is the first time the descendants of my paternal grandparents will get together in this way. Some of us meet at weddings and funerals, but this an occasion to get together and reacquaint ourselves. My grandparents had five children, four girls and one son (my dad). One daughter became a nun and so never had children, but the others all married and had families. All of these siblings are now gone and it is their children and their descendants who will be gathering. Because my Dad was almost 50 when I was born, I didn’t grow up with most of my cousins and some had already moved away by the time I was born. I know most of my first cousins, but now my grandparents’ descendants are several generations down and include many great-great-great grandchildren. It will be amazing to be together, to renew old acquaintances and in some cases, meet relatives for the first time.
Talking to a friend for ten minutes can give your brain a quick boost and make it easier for you to problem solve! Who would have thought that the “gift of the gab” could make you smarter? The University of Michigan did a study and that is exactly what they found!
I don't, as a rule, wonder about simple items we use every day. I don't usually wonder where things come from, how they are made or who made them. If I ever do momentarily ponder how something was invented, the curiosity soon passes and my thoughts head in a different direction. But if a story about someone who invented something we use every day pops up and that person can be an inspiration to others, then that story is worth telling.
I often talk about how being positive is good for you and how you could make yourself happy just by thinking you are happy. In doing some research, I found there are many web sites and blogs dedicated to positive thinking and the pursuit of happiness, and new ones are popping up all the time. There are also many books on the topic of personal happiness, and several of them are on the best-sellers list. People are finding that they can indeed "fool" themselves into being happy by having an optimistic outlook. Being happy isn’t so difficult, sometimes you just have to try!