Note From Self

My Self

Only 10 blogs written and now I’ve gone and done it.  I transformed into the snarly blogger I swore I would not.  In My Mojo Floweth Over I called the man who made fun of Cher an “ugly, chubby man”.

Late during the night my Self who looked amazing like Jiminy Cricket woke me up to point out my error.

“Eva – why was it necessary to send that man negative energy” asked my Self/Jiminy.

I reminded Jiminy that I am a Scorpion who is known for its vengeful tail.  And occasionally my shadow side flares up.

Jiminy said “And I am a cricket known for not being defeated by a whale’s tail.  Did you think you could not be a real Blogger without acting like the other donkeys?”

Good point.

As I wrote in About Eva I desire to have the joy of a life lived well.  And I hope that makes me happy.  But happiness alone is not the same thing as happiness shared.

Martin Seligman, Director of the Positive Psychology Center, wrote “The single most effective way to turbocharge your joy is to make a gratitude visit.  That means writing a testimonial thanking anyone to whom you owe a debt of gratitude and then visit that person to read him or her the letter of appreciation.”  This is why I am blogging.  I am writing my public letter of gratitude, thanking LIFE.

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I share my happiness because “Happiness is also a collective phenomenon that spreads through social networks like an emotional contagion.”  In 2008, Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler published a study showing “One person’s happiness triggers a chain reaction that benefits not only his friends, but his friends’ friends and his friends’ friends’ friends’.”

Happiness extends outward to 3 degrees of separation whereas sadness does not spread the same way.  “Someone you don’t know and have never met – the friend of a friend of a friend – can have a greater influence than hundreds of bills in your pocket,” wrote Fowler.

By celebrating Life and knowing Mojo I figure happiness will spread.

My Grateful Self

It doesn’t excuse my writing but only demonstrates that every day I must recommit to happiness and gratitude.

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