Happy Today! :-)

Happy Today

Why should we wait for holidays, birthdays, and special days to wish everyone a happy day? We shouldn’t.

Every day should be special. We should be happy every day.

So here’s a wish for a Happy Today.

It’s not just good for today. It’s good for every day.

Have a very Happy Today.

Because it will always be today. Even when today becomes tomorrow, you will still think it’s ‘today.’

So have a Happy Today that never ends.

Smile! 🙂

A Special Gift

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It takes a special gift to…

…look inside and see the real person.

…avoid jumping to false conclusions.

…cause people to set aside their differences.

…enjoy the journey when forced to take a detour.

…get people to see beyond their prejudices.

…genuinely care about others.

…listen to your conscience under strong temptations.

…value other things more than money.

…admit that you made a mistake.

…confess to something that would meet disapproval.

…stand up for what you believe in.

…support someone in need against greater numbers.

…step aside when your effort would be wasted.

…judge people for the right reasons.

…act responsibly.

…ignore peer pressure.

…serve as a friend for someone who can use one.

…not offer unsolicited advice.

…count your blessings in tough times.

…help make the world a better place.

…appreciate the small things in life.

…make other people feel better.

…secretly do something noble for someone else.

…show open-mindedness toward others.

…realize that you’re not perfect either.

…believe that you’re special and worthy.

…follow your own advice.

…stay positive in tough situations.

…see good in others when it isn’t obvious.

…feel happy when things don’t go your way.

…remain calm throughout life’s challenges.

…be yourself.

…forgive others.

…do what your heart feels is the right thing.

…strive for your best and also be humble.

…realize that you can’t do everything and choose wisely.

 

These are gifts that anyone can acquire,

And gifts that can do wonders for the world.

 

Copyright (c) 2013 Chris McMullen

 

You know what else would make a special gift? The gift of reading. Literacy is another gift that can do wonders for the world.

 

Read Tuesday will be a golden opportunity to give the gift of reading in a Black Friday type of sales event just for books.

 

www.ReadTuesday.com

 

It’s going to be HUGE!

Authors: Where Is Your Happiest Place Online?

I’ll discuss a few places, then I’ll cast my vote in the last paragraph. I’d also like to hear your vote, if you’d be so kind as to leave a comment.

Let me start with Amazon, since it’s a huge website that authors are familiar with. I love shopping for books (and more) at Amazon and I love the support that Amazon has given to authors, including indies. It doesn’t win my vote with regards to happiness, however. For one, the current customer review and comment platform detracts a little from what would be a much more positive ambiance. It’s great that they promote freedom and independence, I just wish they could do that and still limit the occasional spitefulness. Another problem I see is that I sometimes find myself frustrated when trying to search for and discover new books by keyword or in a category. It’s sort of an inherent problem in trying to search through twenty million books. Maybe if we could see more than a dozen or so books on a page that would help speed up the process; sometimes, the way the results are ordered seems to make us scratch our heads, too. Still, I love Amazon and continue to use it.

There are many features that I enjoy at Goodreads, both as a reader and an author. Authors can connect with other authors, and friend reviews are allowed but clearly marked as such (I happened to see one on an author’s page recently, and thought it was an interesting option). You can see what friends have read, are reading, or intend to read. You can discover new books. However, there seems to be a little too much negativity (enough that some authors actually shudder at the mention of the website’s name), but not enough effort to try to make the ambiance more positive throughout. Again, perhaps the negativity is associated with the effort to provide independence and freedom. On the other hand, my vote goes to a website that seems to promote freedom and independence quite well, yet still appears to be a much more positive environment. If they can do it, why can’t others?

Another popular place among authors is CreateSpace. There may be a little room for improvement, but overall I like the way the website works as far as publishing books goes. I also love the wealth of free publishing and marketing information available to authors (if you haven’t checked it out before, you should). The community discussion forum is a nice place for authors to interact with one another, and a good place to look for publishing help. There are many helpful members there, some who are small publishers with many years of publishing experience. For the most part, the forum is very courteous (especially, compared to some community forums on other websites). Still, there are a couple of reasons that CreateSpace didn’t receive my vote. First, the file review process can be a little frustrating at times – even if you submit the interior or cover to specifications, there are sometimes unexpected changes (like telling you that your file is too complex, or resizing the cover on you). The defect rate may be a little higher than we may like (we can hope that they are working to improve this), yet there are defects with all publishers. Finally, eStore sales require the customer to setup a CreateSpace account and it’s not intuitive for customers to search for books on CreateSpace. Nonetheless, I still love CreateSpace and continue to use it, even though there are promising new rivals like Ingram Spark.

I’ll cast my vote now. WordPress is the happiest place online for me. Authors seem to enjoy ample freedom, independence, and creativity, while also in my experience it’s usually a very happy place online. The exception may be the occasional bitter rant, but that’s easy to ignore if you want. The comments section is often filled with positive interactions. The sense of community here at WordPress has been excellent, in my experience. WordPress draws me in like a magnet. I don’t hesitate, fearing negative experiences. I find myself spending way much more time writing posts and reading posts than I ever imagined, and I enjoy it. A positive ambiance attracts people, and the people make or break the place. Here’s a big THANK YOU to all the great people who make this place. 🙂 Please remember to cast your vote and share your opinions and experience.

Strive to Be Positive :-)

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Help make the world a more positive place than you found it.

  • Negative interactions affect mood and demeanor like a virus.
  • Positive interactions are the cure for the common complaint.

Feel better inside and have a positive influence on others, too.

  • An outward smile tends to lift the spirits of those around you.
  • An inward smile improves your own mood and reduces stress.

Train yourself to react positively rather than negatively.

  • One negative action can create a multitude of negative reactions.
  • A positive mood can become a habit if properly cultivated.

Much better than earning straight A’s, strive to B+!

Chris McMullen, coauthor of the Negative/Positive Antonym Word Scrambles Book: A fun way to practice turning negative thoughts into positive ones