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  1. 10 Scientific Insights That Could Change Your Year!


    Jan 23, 2014– The tide of psychology, which has traditionally probed into the dysfunctions of the human mind, has been shifting to a rigorous examination of its virtuous aspects.

    The “positive psychology” movement is unraveling universal human behaviours and experiences such as altruism, empathy, meaning, and happiness. For instance, in the past several years, researchers have found that a meaningful life is healthier than a happy life. Mindfulness meditation has been observed to benefit us by bolstering our immune system, increasing resilience, and increasing productivity. Thinking of others and cultivating empathy can even help individuals with severe forms of mental illness lead a better life. Yet these findings are only the tip of the iceberg, riddled with nuances and contextual factors that researchers continue to explore in depth. This article summarizes some of the key 10 scientific insights in the positive psychology movement that will make you think, wonder, and perhaps even weave some of the insights into your daily life.



    • Dear RIP Allison,

      I am so sorry that I missed your post to me.

      What a wonderful link, thank you.

      Allison was so very kind, the poor, dear, lady.


  2. Family Just Adopted a Puppy That Ends Up Saving Them

    By Good News Network Friday, March 14, 2014

    Having just adopted a puppy three weeks ago from the Humane Society, a Michigan family owes the husky-mix their lives after he alerted them to a gas leak in the middle of the night.

    His adoptive mom, Jill McLarty, had a cold and couldn’t smell the gas streaming from a gas burner left on, but burnt out, in the kitchen.

    The black and white puppy would not stop whining and running around in circles upstairs, until eventually, with Jill in tow, he marched directly to the stove.



    A young jackaroo from outback Queensland goes off to university, but halfway through the semester he has squandered all of his money.

    He calls home……

    ‘Dad,’ he says, ‘you won’t believe what modern education is developing…they actually have a program here in Brisbane that will teach our dog Ol’ Blue how to talk.’

    ‘That’s amazing!’ his Dad says. ‘How do I get Ol’ Blue in that program?’

    ‘Just send him down here with $2,000,’ the young jackaroo says, ‘I’ll get him in the course.’

    So his father sends the dog and $2,000.

    About two-thirds through the semester, the money again runs out. The boy calls home.
    ‘So how’s Ol’ Blue doing, son?’ his father wants to know.
    ‘Awesome! Dad, he’s talking up a storm… But you just won’t believe this. They’ve had such good results with talking, they’ve begun to teach the animals how to read.’

    ‘Read?’ exclaims his father. ‘No kidding! How do we get Ol’ Blue in that program?’

    ‘Just send $4,500. I’ll get him in the class.’

    The money promptly arrives. But our hero has a problem. At the end of the year, his father will find out the dog can neither talk nor read.

    So he shoots the dog. When he arrives home at the end of the year, his father is all excited.

    ‘Where’s Ol’ Blue? I just can’t wait to talk with him, and see him read something!’

    ‘Dad,’ the boy says, ‘I have some grim news. Yesterday morning, just before we left to drive home, Ol’ Blue was in the living room, kicked back in the recliner, reading the Wall Street Journal.

    Then he suddenly turned to me and asked, ‘So is your daddy still bonking that little redheaded barmaid, at the pub?”

    The father groans and whispers, ‘I hope you shot that bastard before he talks to your Mother!’

    ‘I sure did, Dad!’

    ‘That’s my boy!’

    The kid went on to be a successful lawyer with Slater and Gordon.


  4. From the Readers Digest: out of the mouths of babes –

    1). We had been trying to have a third child for some time.
    The day I was due to take a home pregnancy test, my husband was called away on business. My two young daughters and I decided if it was positive, we would buy a baby outfit to surprise their father when he got home. The three of us stood in the bathroom eagerly waiting for the result.
    When it was negative, my seven-year-old hugged me. ‘Don’t worry, Mummy,’ she said. ‘The next time Daddy goes away, you can try to get pregnant again.’
    J Macdonald

    2). I was telling my three boys the story of the Nativity and how the Wise Men brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh for the infant Jesus.
    Clearly giving it a lot of thought, my six-year-old observed, ‘Mum, a Wise Woman would have brought nappies.’
    Angie Flaute

    3.) While queuing in a theme park for a hair-raising ride, I heard my two nephews arguing.
    ‘Aunt Staci’s going with me!’ insisted Yoni.
    ‘No,’ said his brother. ‘She’s coming with me!’
    Flattered at being so popular, I promised Yoni, ‘You and I can go on the merry-go-round.’
    ‘But I really want you to come on this ride,’ he protested.
    ‘Why?’ I asked.
    ‘Because the more weight there is, the faster it goes.’
    Staci Margulis


    The following announcements appeared in various church bulletins
    1. Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our church and community. Smile at someone who is hard to love. Say “hell” to someone who doesn’t care much about you.
    2. For those of you who have children and don’t know it, we have a nursery downstairs.
    3. This afternoon there will be a meeting in the South and North ends of the church. Children will be baptized at both ends.
    4. Thursday at 5:00 pm there will be a meeting of the Little Mothers Club. All ladies wishing to be “Little Mothers” will meet with the Pastor in his study.
    5. This being Easter Sunday, we will ask Mrs. Lewis to come forward and lay an egg on the altar.
    6. Next Sunday a special collection will be taken to defray the cost of the new carpet. All those wishing to do something on the new carpet will come forward and do so.
    7. The ladies of the church have cast off clothing of every kind. They can be seen in the church basement Saturday.
    8. At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be “What is Hell?” Come early and listen to our choir practice.
    9. The Scouts are saving aluminium cans, bottles and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children.
    10. Ladies Bible Study will be held Thursday morning at 10. All ladies are invited to lunch in the Fellowship Hall after the B.S. is done.
    11. Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 p.m. Please use the back door.
    12. The eighth graders will be presenting Shakespeare’s Hamlet in the Church basement Friday at 7p.m. The Congregation is invited to attend this tragedy.
    13. Weight Watchers will meet at 7 pm at the First Presbyterian Church. Please use large double door at the side entrance.
    14. Mrs. Johnson will be entering the hospital this week for testes.
    15. The Associate Minister unveiled the church’s new tithing campaign slogan last Sunday: “I Upped My Pledge – Up Yours.”
    16. The audience is asked to remain seated until the end of the recession.
    17. Ushers will eat latecomers.
    18. Bertha Belch, a missionary from Africa will be speaking tonight at Calvary Memorial Church in Racine. Come tonight and hear Bertha Belch all the way from Africa.
    19. Ladies, don’t forget the rummage sale. It’s a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Don’t forget your husbands.
    20. Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on October 24 in the church. So ends a friendship that began in their school days.
    21. The sermon this morning: “Jesus Walks on the Water.” The sermon tonight: “Searching for Jesus.”
    22. Don’t let worry kill you – let the church help.


  6. Just a note to let you all know we finally sold our home in Vic and have bought a place in an ‘Oldies Park’ near Beenleigh . After the initial move we both had serious health problems , the cause and diagnosis remain a mystery but we’re well on the road to recovery. I lost 15kgs but don’t recommend the diet …. lol

    The other day we went for a drive and found Brookfield … what a beautiful part of Oz it is , one of nicest areas I’ve ever seen ..

    The BC rental home looks nothing like when they lived there …. having no local maps or a GPS we had wanted to visit Kholo Ck but we’ll have to pay our respects next visit.

    Seeing the area sure helps … it’s one of those places you hear people saying ” that could not happen here”

    After viewing the terrain the ” she went for a walk” theory is simply a load of codswobble , no wonder locals took it with a grain of salt …

    I cant get over just what a beautiful place it is … not that I’m well travelled but it rates in the top spots I’ve seen , no wonder Allison’s murder caused so much grief to all those in the vicinity.

    Moving to QLD has had it’s drawbacks …. just the other morning we went out for brekkie (decadent ol buggers aren’t we ? ) and finished up buying a kg of fresh prawns off a trawler and sat on the beach n devoured the lot … ah the horrid life of a retiree … lol

    Brekkie this morning will be at a beaut place we found in Cleveland … life’s tough but someone must support these small business’s so we’re simply doing our duty.

    Hoping all our friends from here are happy , healthy and life’s going as you wish …. Mke n Diane.


    • Dear Mike n Diane,

      I haven’t signed in all this time, it is wonderful to see your post.

      The prawns must have been hard to take, lol.

      How are you both feeling, now?

      Brookfield is beautiful, she is like a small country town, but city, really.

      I love talking to the long time residents on the properties. Farmers, salt of the earth, interesting, family orientated, amusing, just love talking to them, they should be treasured.

      Unfortunately, the area is changing all the time.


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