A "Taker" Searches for happiness

Written by David Leonhardt

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I decided to call my mother. "Hi mom. I thought I would give you a quick call."

"How sweet. You tookrepparttar time to call your mother."

"No. No. I didn't take anything," I protested.

"Oh yes you did. You even took my advice to call more often. And you took account of your mother's happiness. And you took ... Hello? Hello?"

I just could not take any more. I scrambled outrepparttar 118250 door,repparttar 118251 receiver still dangling fromrepparttar 118252 table.

I had to take off. No, that would just keep me from sleeping. I saw my neighbor. Surely I could give him a hand.

"Sorry. Today I'm just relaxing." He studiedrepparttar 118253 stress etched upon my face. "You look like you should take a break, too."

"No, I can't take a break. Takers don't sleep well at night."

"Well, at least you're taking a stand on something."

"I am NOT taking a stand," I protested. I was beginning to feel like a career protester.

"Take it easy, fellow."

Yikes! My neighbor was making me into a champion taker. I darted back toward my house.

"Take care," my neighbor called after me.

"Noooooooooo" I screamed with my hands over my ears.

Crouched inrepparttar 118254 safety of my favorite closet, I tallied uprepparttar 118255 day. I gave advice, a compliment and my opinion. I took it back, my silly opinions,repparttar 118256 time, my mother's advice and account of my mother's happiness, off, a break, a stand, it easy and care. I gave three times and took ten times.

No wonder I wasn't sleeping well at night. I was truly a taker. There was nothing left to do but to take a sleeping pill. That should give me at least five hours of sleep, give or take a few.

David Leonhardt is The Happy Guy. Pick up a copy of his free daily motivation and inspiration ebook at http://www.thehappyguy.com/l/daily-motivation-inspiration.php or visit his website at http://TheHappyGuy.com .

Beware of radical mint enthusiasts

Written by David Leonhardt

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Even Little Lady's finger paints come in eight tantalizing fruit flavors. Huh? Why would something parents try so hard to discourage kids from putting in their mouths smell like blueberries and bananas and cherries, whenrepparttar toothpaste we try so hard to encourage them to put in their mouths comes in just mint.

In fairness, Little Lady's edible toothpaste (Most toothpaste is inedible imagine that!) comes in two flavors: berry and bubble gum ... but that's not much of a choice. Surely Big Mint will soon shut down this renegade operation muscling in on their territory.

I want to seerepparttar 118249 same creativity go into toothpaste flavors as went into "Hot Fudge Sundae" Pop Tarts. Orrepparttar 118250 Plymouth Prowler retro dragster. Or those chocolate covered grasshopper jelly beans.

As I write this column from behindrepparttar 118251 wheel of my car in a parking lot, of course I see so many people pass by. Tall people. Short people. Thin people. Neat people. Sloppy people. Human people. Canine people. People carrying. People riding. People smiling. People frowning. If there are so many types of people, and my grocery store stocks 72 types of cereal and 37 types of crackers, doesn't it seem just a little spooky that none ofrepparttar 118252 toothpaste manufacturers are willing to stand up to Big Mint?

Variety isrepparttar 118253 spice of life. Don't let Big Mint oppress you. Don't letrepparttar 118254 mint-enthusiast bullies stifle your democratic right to free taste.

There is no conclusive evidence that a handful of pumpkin-pie-flavored jelly beans will derail your diet more than three tubes of "fresh and minty" toothpaste. So enjoy your multicultural jelly beans ... even if you are on a diet.

The author is David Leonhardt, The Happy Guy, author of The Get Happy Workbook at http://TheHappyGuy.com/happiness-workbook.html and publisher of Your Daily Dose of Happiness at http://TheHappyGuy.com/daily-happiness-free-ezine.html . This article is also viewable at http://TheHappyGuy.com/jelly-beans-or-toothpaste.html .

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