There is a trend in Colorado (perhaps other places too) to greet people with an expression, based on the actual day. I think it began with Thursdays, but I am not sure. In some parts of the world, it’s “Good Morning!.” In other parts of the country it’s, “How’s it going?” But in Colorado, it’s “Happy Monday,” or “Happy Friday,”… you get the idea: A simple salutation to bring good cheer. One of my favorite harbingers of good cheer is the Calvin and Hobbes cartoon strip. Though it only lasted for 10 years in the daily papers (1986-1996, I think) the creator, Sam Watterson, left me smiling for decades, and it hasn’t stopped. I giggle just thinking about how Calvin tormented his teacher Ms. Wormwood, or his neighbor, Sally. Happy Monday, indeed. Today, in the spirit of “Have a nice day,” and as a tribute to Calvin and Hobbes, here are some famous Calvin quotes to bring a smile to your face. After all, laughter is one way to make people happy!~ Happy Monday everybody!
Stress Tip for the Day:
Being happy is all about attitude. It’s a mindset and humor can help, if only momentarily. And life is made up of moments. Today’s goal is to find those moments, as many as you can… to make today a happy day indeed. You can start by reading some of Calvin’s quotes below. You can continue by being silly (see above illustration). You can finish the day by sharing a smile, with somebody who really needs one. Smiles are infectious… Pass them on. Happy Monday!
Links, Books and Movies Worth Noting:
If you don’t have a Calvin and Hobbes anthology cartoon book, what are you waiting for? Go get one.
You can also find a cartoon strip a day with these links:
Quotes for the Day:
• Calvin: You know, Hobbes, some days even my lucky rocket ship underpants don’t help.
• Calvin: Everybody seeks happiness! Not me, though! That’s the difference between me and the rest of the world. Happiness isn’t good enough for me! I demand euphoria!
• Calvin: They say the world is a stage. But obviously the play is unrehearsed and everybody is ad-libbing his lines.
Hobbes: Maybe that’s why it’s hard to tell if we’re living in a tragedy or a farce.
• Calvin: We need more special effects and dance numbers.
• Calvin: Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us.
•Calvin: Trick or treat!
Adult: Where’s your costume? What are you supposed to be?
• Calvin: I’m yet another resource-consuming kid in an overpopulated planet, raised to an alarming extent by Madison Avenue and Hollywood, poised with my cynical and alienated peers to take over the world when you’re old and weak. Am I scary, or what?
Photo for the Day:
This came from a Facebook update that I included as today’s image, with thanks to Bill Watterson; a true genius. Enjoy!
Brian Luke Seaward, Ph.D. is an internationally renowned expert in the fields of stress management, mind-body-spirit healing and stress and human spirituality. He is the author of over 12 books including the bestsellers, Stand Like Mountain, Flow Like Water, Stressed Is Desserts Spelled Backward, The Art of Calm, Quiet Mind, Fearless Heart and Managing Stress (7e) and the newly released, A Beautiful World: The Earth Song Journals. He can be reached through his website: www.brianlukeseaward.net
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