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Book of Finding Happiness. A book in progress by Royce E. Barber. This book is free to read during production. You may not claim this as your own, and you must link to this page when quoting any part of this book.
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Forward [thus far]: I don’t claim silly instant “cures”, but my loved ones and I have enjoyed a lot of comforting projects and events. I also include numerous “lifehack” ideas, of the more useful variety.
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* Put your toes deep in the sand at a lake.
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* Pen in both hands, close your eyes and draw a forest.
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* With no plan, spend 30 minutes in a large park.
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* Praying the Lords Prayer any time of the day.
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* Smiling at anyone and everyone.
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* Wrap an off smartphone in plastic wrap “saranwrap”, now coat it in hot glue. It’s a form-fitting case!
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* In case you sit on a hard chair or ground, put a foam “kneeling pad” cushion in your car.
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* For a quick “wow” moment, Google the incredible technology of the Ancient Roman Empire.
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* If kids slam doors, place a bit of soft 2-sided tape or a furniture foot pad into the door frame trim.
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* Step on some crunchy leaves, get that maximum crunch.
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* Let people be right or wrong, just let them be.
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* Leave your addictions behind, as though they didn’t exist, because health replaces them.
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* Take photos of anything which makes no sense.
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* Eat healthy meals, not potato chips. You'll feel more motivated.
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* Speak plainly with context; rephrasing questions, so there can be no misunderstanding.
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* If you’re not certified in a topic, say “it may”, “it might”, “likely”, “I think”, “I assume”, instead of speaking with authority.
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* Dryer Sheets make clothes ultra-soft and are incredible at preventing static cling, even in bags.
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* I store many items in labeled gallon ziplock bags, and in XL Showercaps from Ebay.
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* If you're seeking happiness, you'll find it. If you're seeking other things, you'll encounter them too.
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* My Label Maker allows me to label jars, bins, tins, infrequent drawers, light switches, names.
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* Simple “Gorilla Hooks” in my drywall, easily hold a 8×4 foot pegboard. Which holds my pans and more.
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* I quickly park perfectly in my garage because a hanging tennisball gently touches my center windshield.
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* I keep a small box of 10gal trashbags in my SUV, to toss out trash.
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* Soften old masking tape, pop it in the microwave for a few seconds. Not minutes!
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* When moving, store glasses in socks. I use a Walmart pack of 300 foam plates to pad plates/items.
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* If a car door might hit the garage wall, drill a sliced-longways pool noodle to the wall.
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* Instantly cool a soda by spinning it under ice water. Or wrap it in a wet paper towel in the freezer.
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* Drill two 1cm (tiny) holes 3 inches from the bottom of your kitchen trash can, eliminating suction and still catching liquids.
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* Unscented dental floss can perfectly cut cake, soft cheese, and any soft food.
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* An outdoor trail can be quickly leveled by scraping a 4ft plank, if the soil is wet.
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* Plastic-wrap can seal bottles during moving. Put the cap on over the top.
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* Have a meal with a neighbor.
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* Learn a card game using a standard deck of cards.
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* Balance on a boulder or balance board.
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* Lay in a warm bathtub in your clothes.
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* If you have some cash, check out a discount day at a waterpark.
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* Race a straw on a string, propelled by a balloon.
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* Hug a friend, give it a try, it’s nice.
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* Hot-glue clean pebbles to each other, over a greased balloon (not to the balloon), for a pebble ball.
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* Set up a tent in your game room, with forest sounds and branches, lights off, with electric candles outside it as a safe “camp fire”, and do a puzzle with a friend inside.
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* Don’t care about being embarrassed, it’s all in your mind.
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* Play the Cold Hot game with a buddy. Hot means Yes. Cold means No. About an object you both know.
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* Give out bubble wands to parents for their kids.
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* Tie a tiny battery light to the ends of a ceiling fan, for a swirling light show.
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* Hot-glue action figures around a lamp, tape off the socket, and spraypaint it all.
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* See if your local Goodwill has anything you can have fun with.
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* Go to bed at exactly 9 P.M. nightly, for consistent energy in the A.M.
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* A kitchen rolling pin, works wonders on your muscles. Ask a buddy for a massage.
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* Geometry flashcards with a friend, is more fun than it sounds.
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* Windex a window in your home, and put a glass rainbow-maker on it.
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* Google Image search the strangest words.
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* Create a free sewing class, by finding people who would like to sew.
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* If you have a light-up pool toy or electric candle, take a warm bath with it, and overhead light off.
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* Toss a tennis ball at a wall with a buddy.
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* Draw mindmaps of your talents, goals, circle of influence, dreams, likes. Keep at it.
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* A garden hose electrical-taped to a water bottle with holes, becomes a sprinkler.
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* A squirt of sewing machine oil, stirred into your screwdriver bits, keeps away rust. Water rusts tools, so keep them oiled.
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* Ask a stranger what their favorite foods are.
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* Watch ten minutes of fail videos on YouTube.
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* Make a duck call from a drinking straw: Cut a 1 inch point, that’s the mouthpiece.
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* Add colorful round pillows to your bed.
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* Laying in the grass, (even synthetic grass).
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* Embrace your disabilities.
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* Smell if your garden flowers have a scent.
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* Try large crab cakes, and make some with imitation crab.
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* Long term, convert a garage into a family game room.
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* Draw a blended crayon rainbow on poster board.
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* Soak your feet in near-hot water with Epsom salt, covered with a towel.
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* Build one Lego space ship with a child per week, any child.
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Famous Quotes about Happiness
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Misconceptions about Happiness
* Every person finds comfort and joy in different things. We each connect and make bridges according to our own understandings. If someone doesn't like your hobby or disagrees with you, that's perfectly normal and they may need time to adapt or find other ways to connect with you.
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Happiness in Faith and Evangelism
* God loves and encourages wholesome love, joy, and laughter in a massive way. [Examples to come].
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What's a bully? They suck the fun out of life.
Thank you for reading and processing my humble book. Now I'd like to take this time to talk about bullying in schools. This is an early rough draft.
Bullying is an issue from kindergarten up to PhD level of post-college. Mostly between middle school and high school. Legally we can report crime, but then the bully gets expelled and becomes a gang banger. What a conundrum. It's best to keep bullies in school instead of on the street, so we need to have people “punish” them by watching them closely and making sure they do everything perfectly legally. Bullies are an infection in our society, but we can't just do away with them, they need to be helped. We can't just toss them onto the street, no matter how badly we want to.
I've been bullied a lot in my life, and have learned that the bully needs to be watched like a child, while not in jail, rather than put on the streets.
A bully is like a broken car, it can be lethal but it can also be productive later in life.
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Also see my book on finding your career and place in life, so far titled Make Time for Your Career. It's free during production. Fun projects can heal the soul, but don’t always bring in the cash. Are you afraid of business or education, give it a good try. Open a play stock account. Tour a factory. Program your first Hello World app. Explore your organized professional talents. Buy a pocket microscope. You may find a productive passion for business and faith. This shall be a book, it's in the works.
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Production Notes:
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* Add all Bible advice.
* Ensure all advice makes sense, is articulate, is not redundant, and is accurate.
* Ensure book has a super cozy and healthy theme for all ages.
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* Be inviting to anyone, but boldly appeal only to wholesome demographics.
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Other books by Royce Edward Barber can be tracked here.

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