How to Enjoy Life More

Twelve suggestions to help you to be more healthy, wealthy, wise, self-confident, successful, attractive and enjoy life more. Trust me!

Since I am older than soil – that came before dirt, you know – I can speak from experience. If you want to enjoy your life to the fullest, here are twelve important rules you should follow. Are you ready?

That Chihuahua kills me!
That Chihuahua kills me!

Rule Number One - Smile and laugh more!

Did you know it takes only 17 muscles to smile but 43 muscles to frown? Conserve your energy! Your life is just like a mirror. You will get the best results when you smile at it. Promise.

Here’s a short pun so you can start laughing NOW!

A Doberman, a Bulldog, and a Chihuahua are in a doggie bar having a drink when a beautiful female Collie comes up to them and says, "Whoever can use the words liver and cheese creatively in the same sentence can go home with me."
So the Doberman says, "I love liver and cheese."
The female Collie says, "That's not creative enough."
The Bulldog says, "I hate liver and cheese."
She says, "That's not creative either."
Finally, the Chihuahua says, "Liver alone, guys-- cheese mine."

Can you see the size of my pecs?
Can you see the size of my pecs?

Rule Number Two - Exercise daily.

  • If you don't exercise, you dramatically increase your risk of dying from a heart attack.
  • Being physically active can bolster good mental health and help you to manage stress, anxiety, even depression.
  • Regular exercise as you age helps to keep you strong, mobile and less dependent on others.

Do not follow Joan Rivers’ advice: “I don't exercise. If God wanted me to bend over, he'd have put diamonds on the floor.”

Oops, forgot the lake is frozen in winter.
Oops, forgot the lake is frozen in winter.
So, I forgot about the hole. Sue me!
So, I forgot about the hole. Sue me!

Rule Number Three - Look before you leap.

A corollary might be ’Think before you Speak.’

Mr. and Mrs. Smith had been debating the purchase of a new auto for weeks. He wanted a new truck. She wanted a fast little sports car. He would have settled on any beat-up old truck, but everything she seemed to like was way out of their price range.

"Look!" she said. "I want something that goes from 0 to 200 in 4 seconds or less. And my birthday is coming up. You could surprise me."

So, for her birthday, he bought her a brand new bathroom scale. Services for Mr. Smith will take place on Wednesday the 8th. Due to the condition of the body, this will be a closed casket service.

Even a fish could stay out of trouble if it would just learn to keep its mouth shut.

This is my BFF.
This is my BFF.

Rule Number Four - Treasure your friends.

Two good friends were hiking through the woods when they heard something crashing through the brush. They turned around and saw a very large, ferocious black bear charging toward them. Both men started to run when one of them stopped to change into his sneakers.. His friend said “What are you doing? You don't have time to change shoes. You can't outrun that bear!'”
The first fellow said, “I know I can't outrun the bear. I only have to outrun YOU!”

“True friends stab you in the front.” – Oscar Wilde

Gee, I hope it doesn't rain today, I hate it when the kids play inside."
Gee, I hope it doesn't rain today, I hate it when the kids play inside."

Rule Number Five - Spend quality time with your family.

Possum Facts: There are more than 60 different species of opossum often called possums. It is the only marsupial (pouched mammal like the kangaroo) found in the United States.

When baby possums are born they are as tiny as honeybees. They immediately crawl into the mother's pouch where they continue to develop. As they get larger, they will go in and out of the pouch and sometimes ride on the mother's back as she hunts for food. Possums may give birth to as many as 20 babies in a litter, but fewer than half of them survive.

Lee Iacocca (former Ford Motors CEO) said it best: “The only rock I know that stays steady, the only institution I know that works, is the family.”

I'm just resting my eyes.
I'm just resting my eyes. | Source

Rule Number Six - Take the time to relax.

An old man about 90 years old was sitting on a park bench crying. A policeman strolled by and asked him why he was crying.
"Well," says the old fellow, "I just got married to a twenty-five year old woman. Every morning she makes me a wonderful breakfast, and we then have fun together laughing and relaxing. In the afternoon she makes me a wonderful lunch and then we have more fun together laughing and relaxing. At dinner time she makes me a wonderful supper and then we have more fun together laughing and relaxing."

The policeman looks at the old man and says, "You shouldn't be crying! You should be the happiest man in the world!"
"I know! I know!" says the old man. "I'm crying because I can't remember where I live!"

“The time to relax is when you don't have time for it.” – Sydney J. Harris

Do you want me to sit in the corner . . . .  again?
Do you want me to sit in the corner . . . . again?
Photo of slight damage
Photo of slight damage | Source

Rule Number Seven - Apologize when you are wrong.

Sample of Apology Text Message from a Wife:

“Dearest, As I came home from the market, when I turned into the driveway, I accidentally pushed down on the pick-up truck’s accelerator instead of the brake. The garage door now is a little bent but the pick-up fortunately came to a halt when it bumped slightly into your sports car.

I’m really sorry but I know with your kind-hearted personality you will forgive me, knowing how much I love and care for you, sweetheart. I am attaching a picture for you.

I cannot wait to hold you in my arms again. Your loving wife. Hugs and kisses.

P.S. Your girlfriend called."

“My mother could make anybody feel guilty – she used to get letters of apology from people she didn’t even know.” – Joan Rivers

Last one over buys the beer!
Last one over buys the beer!

Rule Number Eight - Be the best you can be.

The U.S. Army slogan should be your mantra.

"Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Whatever you are, be a good one.” - Abraham Lincoln

Rule Number Nine - Save for a rainy day.

Save for a wintry day, too.

The Indians asked their Chief in the fall if the winter was going to be cold. Not really knowing the answer, the chief replied that the winter was going to be cold and all the members of the tribe were to collect wood. Then he called the National Weather Service and asked, “Will this winter be cold?” The man on the phone responded, “This winter will be quite cold indeed.”

So the Chief went back to tell his tribe to collect even more wood. A week later he called the Weather Service again, “Is it going to be a VERY cold winter?” “Yes," the man replied, “it’s going to be a very cold winter.” So the Chief ordered his people to go and find every scrap of wood they could find. Two weeks later he called the Weather Service again: “Are you absolutely certain that the winter is going to be VERY cold?” “Absolutely,” the weatherman replied, “The Indians are collecting wood like crazy!”

I have saved enough money to last for the rest of my life. Unless I purchase something.


I eat bright colors daily!
I eat bright colors daily! | Source

Rule Number Ten - Eat a balanced diet.

No, a balanced diet is not chocolate in each hand. And eating a balanced meal does not have to be a complicated process. You include proteins, carbohydrates, fats/lipids, vitamins, minerals and water.

Nutritionists say there is a simple way to tell if you're eating right. Colors. Fill your plates with bright colors. Greens, reds, yellows. I did just that for lunch. It was delicious! I never knew eating right could be so easy. In less than ten minutes, I devoured an entire bowl of M&M’s.

Don't look down! Don't look down!
Don't look down! Don't look down! | Source

Rule Number Eleven - Understand that nothing is impossible.

“Humans can live about 40 days without food, about 3 days without water, up to about 8 minutes without air, but only for one second without hope.”

They call me 'Mighty Mewse'
They call me 'Mighty Mewse'

Rule Number Twelve - Be creative!

A firefighter is working on the engine outside the station when he notices a little girl on the sidewalk in a little red wagon with little ladders hung on the side and a garden hose tightly coiled in the middle. She is wearing a fire fighter's helmet and has the wagon tied to a dog and a cat.

The fire fighter walks over to take a closer look. "That sure is a nice fire truck," he says.
He looks a little closer and notices the girl has tied the wagon to the dog's collar and to the cat's testicles.
"Excuse me, miss," he says, "I don't want to tell you how to run your fire truck, but if you were to tie that rope around the cat's collar, I think you could go faster."
The little girl replied, "You're probably right, but then I wouldn't have a siren!"

Now that you have read these inspirational suggestions, follow them and you will enjoy your life more. Promise!

© Copyright BJ Rakow, Ph.D. 2012. All rights reserved. Author, "Much of What You Know about Job Search Just Ain't So"

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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Wonderful tips and advice for everyone!! I'm good with most of them, I'm still trying the "relax" thing...I tend to forget to do that. Awesome hub! Thank you for the reminders!:)


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sandrabusby 4 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

Great suggestions. Would that we all followed them every day. Thanks for the reminder. Sandra Busby


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

This was the greatest Hub you've done, I think. I've read it three times and I laugh harder each time. I love the photos you chose. You are just TOO much! I voted this UP, funny, etc.


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b. Malin 4 years ago

Oh Darbj, I Loved this Hub, between the pictures and the Advice...It's a real Winner, I'm Voting it UP!


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

It sounds like you have the perfect prescription, Doc...great advice delivered in a humorous fashiong...interesting and fun! WB


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anndavis25 4 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

Oh, that is so funny. Since you are older than dirt, do you remember Henny Youngman? Every time I read one of these jokes, I thought about him, and a drum roll after each one..ba da dum.

All twelve suggestions are excellent...I do a little bit of all of them, but not enough, I'm afraid. I'm almost as old as you drbj. I introduced Sarah to Abraham.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Drbj, you had me laughing today! I love the way you have weaved your advice with humor. The pictures add to the enjoyment of your hub. I love the hair picture and the M&M joke. Great read! Voted up!


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thumbi7 4 years ago from India

I have enjoyed it thouroughly and had good laugh!

I am surprised at the selection of photos for each of the rules.

How did you manage to get the correct one?

Thanks for sharing:)


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Great hub. I am now laughing and very relaxed. I loved the fire engine joke. I loved the advice about the colorful plate. I am now going to fix dinner and will remember that while I am putting the carrots and green beans in with the roast. The will be delicious.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

You kept me laughing the whole time! Great advice for a fulfilling lift and hubs like yours keep us young.


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VendettaVixen 4 years ago from Ireland

Doc, this was just excellent! The firetruck joke might just be the best thing I've ever heard about anything ever, excluding nothing.

Thanks for the great laugh.


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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

A really funny and creative Hub, and the photos are perfect! That seems to be the hard part, sinding those photos. But you did great!


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Tori Warren 4 years ago from Escondido California

I love it!!


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

I love this hub, I laughed so much. Great advice accompanied by such lovely photos and such funny jokes. I just loved the fire truck one, what a hoot.

Voting up Thank you for the laughs.

P.S I am a little slow, I have been studyingat your profile photo for a while and I have only just spotted the 2 images it includes, very clever.


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christopheranton 4 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

They say that laughter is the best medicine. If that is true, you have just doubled my life expectancy. All the jokes were brilliant, and the lessons were good as well.


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CMHypno 4 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

I have to say I did like the bit about the siren! Very good, sound advice drbj - we should all definitely try to smile more and not get so het up with the little things. Although it sounds morbid, I always think it is useful to try to live as if it was the last day you were ever going to have. Tends to make you think twice before you bitch and moan about life's little aggravations.


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FordeAhern 4 years ago from Broadford, Co. Limerick. ireland

Thank you for the advise. I love it. You know you were spot on with your 12 steps. voted up and funny. Love your sense of humour.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

You have proven again, Linda, that you are indeed my sunshine. Thank you for your sweet comments and the 'awesome.' The 'relax' thing may be one of the hardest things for writers to do. Our brains are always spinning around wth new ideas for new articles. Right?


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

How nice to meet you, Sandra Busby. Thank you for finding this and your gracious comments. No thanks are necessary for the reminders, m'dear. It was entirely my pleasure.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

The greatest hub I've done, mary? And you have read it three times already laughing harder each time? And you loved the photos, too. YOU are just TOO much, m'luv. Thank you for the sublime comments as well as the UP and funny.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, b. for loving this hub, the pictures, the advice and the UP. As a commenter, I'm voting you UP.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Yo, Wayne. You are spot on with your comment, my friend. Delivering advice in a humorous fashion has been my lifelong prescription for teaching and coaching others. It's a known fact: we remember longer that which we learn with pleasure. Thanks as always for stopping by.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Ann. Do I remmber Henny Youngman? I was (and still am) one of his biggest fans back in the day when he appeared in nightclubs. He truly was a king of comedy. I even wrote a hub including many of his incomparable lines: 'Tribute to Henny Youngman - King of One-Liners.' I wrote a 'Tribute to Rodney Dangerfield' too.

Thanks for the drum rolls. Delighted you like the suggestions. So you introduced Sarah to Abraham? Then you are, indeed, a beloved contemporary. I may have a few years on you though. I introduced T. Rex to Emily, his Brontosaurus girlfriend.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, teaches. Happy to hear I had you laughing, and thank you for loving my 'humorous' advice and pictures. We have similar good taste, you know, since the lil mouse with the 'Don King' hairdo and the M&M suggestion are two of my favorites, too.

And thank you, m'dear, for the up.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

How nice to meed you, thumbi. Delighted you enjoyed this and had a good laugh. That was exactly my intention. You asked about the photos. Many of the photos I use I get from friends' emails - I have quite a collection now. The hard part is finding the one photo that fits each portion of text best. And dreaming up the funnist caption.

So far, that method is working.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Becky. Well, then, if you are now laughing and very relaxed, then I did my job. The fire engine joke and the M&M color suggestion are two of my favorites, too. Just as I collect photos to use in my hubs, I also collect puns, one-liners and jokes. They come in handy when audiences start to snore - gently.

Here's to enjoying more of the colorful meals you'll be preparing.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Pamela. The whole time? I kept you laughing the whole time? Wow! Now I'll have to ponder the possibility of a Part Two. Providing advice for a fulfilling lift to keep you young is my favorite thing to do by far, m'dear. Thanks for your sweet comments.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Nice to meet you, xstatic. Thank you for your gracious comments, all absolutely true of course. And you are correct. Sometimes finding photos and graphics to accompany a hub are the hardest part of the creative effort. Thank you for appreciating that. Take a look at "Old Age Benefits," if you have time. I think you will enjoy that one, too.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Even though you appear to be a woman of few words, Tori, I love your well-chosen 'I love it!' comment. Come back any time.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Rosemary. Thank you for loving this hub and laughing so much. You are my BFF, too. Delighted to see you enjoy fine humor like the fire truck joke - one of my all-time favorites, too. And thanks, m'luv, for the up.

No, you are not slow, my dear, just very focused. The double image avatar I use is one of my favorite optical illusions and has been around almost as long as I have. I often use it to demonstrate the power of perception. The photo does not change - only our perception of it, i.e., old crone or young woman.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

How are you, christopher? You are so right, laughter is the best medicine and I would be delighted if reading this hub doubled your life expectancy. Thank you for enjoying the jokes and the lessons. You may be one of my BFF, too, you know.


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Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

Great life lessons, Dr. BJ! Thanks for sharing your wit, humor and thoughtfulness.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, CM. Thank you for your gracious comments. And you are on the mark,. Getting excited about the small things instead of taking the time to enjoy life and laughter is definitely not the way to go.

I agree with you that living life as if you may not be here tomorrow is very good advice. I have tried to follow that maxim most of my life.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Nice to meet you, Forde (helen). So you love my sense of humour? That's a coincidence. I love your swift recognition of same. No thanks are necessary for the 12 steps-advice. It was entirely my pleasure. And thank you for the Up.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Good morning, Dex. Thank you for enjoying my life lessons and your most gracious compliments. I fully agree with every sublime adjective. No humility here, my friend.


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breakfastpop 4 years ago

I laughed and smiled and jumped up and down while reading this wonderful hub. Thanks for the healthy read. Up and funny and awesome too!


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Drbj these inspirational suggestions are exceptional. Laughter is a healthy med and you supply it copiously here. Words of wisdom too and a combo like that makes for a very special treat!


femmeflashpoint 4 years ago

Doc BJ,

Seems I came out of hibernation just in time! Heaven forbid I miss this, lol. It's great and so YOU! (Big smile!)

The goat impressed me, and (sigh), I'm guilty on more than one count of having M&Ms for lunch.

However, now that I'm feeling properly chastised and guilty, I'll make every effort to include a broccoli chaser next time. ;)

femme


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amillar 4 years ago from Scotland, UK

These are excellent ideas drbj - and every one a gem. From this moment on, my happiness is assured. The dog and the local fire brigade are ecstatic. But the siren-makers union has called out on strike and the cat's disappeared. You can't please everyone. (You can please some of the people some of the time...)


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Feline Prophet 4 years ago from India

You've got the creative thing nailed, drbj...and you make us smile. Life is great! :)


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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Great advice while being very funny at the same time, drbj! The pictures are just perfect for this hub.


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

Good advice to live by with your touch of humor thrown in. It's hard to keep a list though. I think one of the main rules to live by is The Golden Rule. It seems to encapsulate a lot of what you advised here.

The Frog


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SilentReed 4 years ago from Philippines

I usually bookmark informative hubs. This is an exception. I will not sing praise (I leave that to others) but I believe you have outdone yourself. Thank you.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Oh, bp, can you see me? I'm laughing, smiling and jumping up and down with delight from your funny comment, m'dear. Thank you for enjoying this and the healthy Up and funny and awesome.


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Green Lotus 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Love it! You have subliminally added to your clever list: "Never lose your sense of humor....and if you have none, cultivate it". Cheers!


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Alastar. Thank you for your sublime comments, my friend. I have always believed that laughter helps us to live longer, be more healthy and enjoy life more. Just as I also believe that we tend to remember what we learned with pleasure. And humor is the perfect way to supply inspiration in small but memorable doses.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Angelia. Welcome back, I can see your big smile from here. Don't beat yourself up about the M&Ms, m'dear, we are all susceptible to temptation at times. As long as you eat equal measures of all three colors, you'll be fine. If you include the broccoli chaser.

Delighted you were impressed with that unbelievably agile goat. He's fond of you, too. Trust me. His name is Billy and you can find him at "Why Everyone Should Own a Goat or Cow or Pig."


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, amillar, delighted you found these excellent ideas to be gems. Yes, your happiness is now assured. Promise.

Sorry to hear about the siren-makers strike but guess it was inevitable. I think you may find the terrorized cat hiding behind the sofa - nursing its wounds. Loved your quote about pleasing only some of the people some of the time. That one is sure to go down in history.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, dear Feline. Happy to know you were not offended by the 'siren' joke. Thank you for your sweet comment -'I've got the creative thing nailed.' You are providing me with inspiration. Yes, when you can smile, life IS great. Trust me.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Alicia, thank you for finding my advice great and funny at the same time. That's my goal, m'dear. I spent quite some time searching for the most perfect appropriate photos so I do appreciate your noticing.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Frog, thank you for observing that these rules are good advice to live by. I know how difficult it must be for you of the amphibian persuasion.

Yes, the Golden Rule does apply especially if you interpret it as "Treat others the way THEY want to be treated!"


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Gee, Silent Reed - you usually bookmark informative hubs and this is an exception. I think that's positive. Right? It must be because you said I outdid/outdone myself. And thanks are not necessary. It was entirely my pleasure.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

How completely perspicacious and erudite of you, Hilary, to find the subliminal message in my list of rules. You are absolutely correct. 'Never lose your sense of humor and share it with others' will be on my list if I ever do a sequel. With accreditation to you, m'dear.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

This was so much fun to read. Joen River's joke was hilarious. The picture of that little sad puppy stole my heart. I must say that your advice is right on, and a day without laughter is a lost day...


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Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

This is such good advice! The entire hub is a fun and enriching read, and the photos alone are priceless! Great work!


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Dolores Monet 4 years ago from East Coast, United States

Hi, drbj - there is nothing like a little wisdom interspersed with humor. You really did it this time. And where do you get them - your jokes always make me laugh. But the one about the dogs, I could not get out of my head - a collie walks into a bar, bartender says, "why the long face?"


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

drbj, reading your hubs is always such a pleasure. I enjoyed every word and pun and picture and will pin all twelve rules to my desktop to read and follow daily.

You can control a nation with these rules, you know. Just like Moses was able to do with the ten commandments. Consider me as one of your priests... I will work the souls of whoever try to side-step one of your rules. Now let's talk money.... :))


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cbpoet 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

drjb Fun & inspirational read. Don't know how you came up with the twelve but their good ones ..


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

We have a lot in common, Ruby. We both think Joan Rivers' joke was funny and we both believe laughter is a necessity each and every day. Thank you for having fun reading these suggestions. Don't worry too much about that sad lil puppy with the pleading eyes. He just signed a multi-year contract to star in his own TV sitcom tentatively titled: "The Sad Lil Puppy with the Pleading Eyes."


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Marci, thanks for stopping by. Delighted you found these suggestions to be good advice and enjoyed the read. Particularly happy you enjoyed the photos since I always take some time to find the most appropriate ones and do appreciate your appreciation.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

We are def on the same wavelength, Dolores, since you enjoy my wisdom interspersed with humor. Delighted my sometimes hoary jokes make you laugh. You asked where I get them. I got a million of them my dear - been collecting since the Pleistocene Age.

I like your 'long face' collie-in-the-bar joke. That's a slight twist, you know on the original, which featured a horse. But still very funny nevetheless. Thank you.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

So nice to meet you, cbpoet. Thank you for finding me and also finding these 12 rules inspirational. How did I come up with them, you asked? Oh, you know, great minds and all that ...


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Martie, you did a lot of catching up on my hubs today. I wrote a comment earlier but it disappeared into the ether. If it pops up again, so be it. Delighted you enjoyed reading these rules and pinning them up on your computer is a singular honor, m'dear.

Yes we could control a nation with these suggestions and I hereby anoint you as Priestess-in-Charge. We will feed the populace manna and KoolAid laced with psychotropic drugs, and they will follow us anywhere. Like some of the deluded voters in the U.S. :)

The money will roll in like the sands of the Kalahari and you may drive a Bentley during the week and a Rolls on Sunday. I have spoken!


Sean Tankersley 4 years ago

Haha I just stumbled upon this and it is great! Great read.


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

Dear drbj, you have yourself a '12 habits of people who enjoy life' here. As usual with your trademark wit and wisdom, nicely illustrated with pictures that exercise my 17 muscles. liver alone, cheese mine - ha ha. voted up up and away.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

So happy you stumbled upon this, Sean. It's nice to make your acquaintance. Thanks for finding it 'great.'


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dkm27 4 years ago from Chicago

A lot of work went into this hub. The pictures are priceless. Will read your hubs to enjoy life ever more.


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habee 4 years ago from Georgia

Great rules to live by! I follow all but #9 - I have trouble saving. lol. Voted up!


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Oh how I loved this true Gem. An up up and away here plus a bookmark.

Thank you so much for sharing and have a wonderful day.

Eddy.


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nicomp 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

Great rules and thoughtful captions. Thanks!


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Dear Docmo. You are spot on, my learned friend. These are the '12 habits of people who enjoy life." Too bad the '12 habits' cognomen is already taken. Thank you for your usual gracious comments - love 'trademark wit and wisdom' and delighted that the pictures exercised your 17 muscles. Thank you, too, for the up and away. The feeling, you know, is mutual!


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, dkm, for noticing my sweat and toil to produce this hub. Delighted to meet you and thank you for the lovely comments. Yes, please do enjoy life even more by reading a few hundred more of my hubs. You might like the "Interviews with Dead Celebrities and Weird Animals" to begin with.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Holle, I can understand why #9 might be a difficult rule for you. The sun is always shining wherever you are. Right? Just keep following the other 11 rules and start charging for the luscious recipes you continually publish. The money will soon roll in. Thank you for the up, m'dear.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Eddy, Thank you for stopping by and loving this 'true gem.' What a pleasant phrase. The Up and the bookmark is delicious, too. Thank you, m'luv. Hope your weekend has been pleasant.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Your comments, nicomp, may be sparse but the content means the world to me. And thank you for noticing the 'thoughtful' captions. Kinda makes the whole thing fall in place, doncha think?


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nicomp 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

Yes, I loved the captions. The blow-dried hamster induces insane jealously.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

'Insane jealousy'? Awww, that's what they all say!


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

This was great hub about how to enjoy life more. I love all your tips above and I should practice all of these soon. I am glad you put "Smile and laugh more" become the number one. I always do this every day. I believe that we can do your advice for better life. Good job and rated up!

Blessing,


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Funny stuff! Loved it and thanks for the smiles.


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden

Great advices and it is important to enjoy life. It is so easy to let the difficulties around us take over. I am glad I found this hub today, the pictures are wonderful and so perfect for every advice! Ha! I especially love the exercising bird and can recognize the feeling of the absent muscles, or maybe they are only hiding for some reason? I enjoyed this hub and try to live by the rules but I can't help but wondering how the elephant ever is going to find a way up from the hole!

Voted up and more,

Tina


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, pras. I'm certain you do practice all these rules on a regular basis - I know that from the outstanding hubs you write and the friendly comments you make.

I placed "Smile and laugh more" as the number one rule because I believe it sets the tone for your day and helps one to see the funny side of life. Thank you for taking the time to stop by and visit.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Thanks, Will, for loving this 'funny' stuff and it was my pleasure to provide the smiles. Any time.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

So nice to see you here, Tina. You are so right. Life is often difficult and as you pointed out, difficulties will take over if we let them. That's why these rules are so important.

Delighted that you found this hub today, and especially that you enjoyed the 'perfect' pictures. It took some time to find the most applicable and funny photos. Tried to find a graphic of a bird in a muscle tee shirt with no luck. So you will have to use your imagination about birdie's pecs.

Don't worry about the elephant; the fire department hoisted him up with a crane and he promised to watch his step and look before he leaps from now on. Thank you for the up, m'luv.


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moneycop 4 years ago from JABALPUR

th ebeauty and wonder could be imagined through your writings..really if we are natural we are enjoying.most of us forgets to enjoy as we are bound to material realm so much that we forget the creator andf its creation.

All over when i was in a job from morning to evening i forgot completey to see sky with starts also...when i saw it on a day after 3-4 months i realized what the loss is

Now with job i prefer to be in present and i beloieve to be happy and enjoying as it's a service nature is doing for me so i must accept it.


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sandrabusby 4 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

Your choice of photos I adore. Also, great suggestions. Thanks. Sandra Busby


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tsmog 4 years ago from Escondido, CA

Got it! Gon'na start working toward those today - thanks drbj , , ,and have a wonderful day


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izettl 4 years ago from The Great Northwest

Love the chihuahua joke cause I have one!Great quotes under rule#8. This whole hub made me smile! Thanks I could use that today.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Delighted you stopped by, moneycop. Thank you for that lovely, profound comment: "...beauty and wonder could be imagined through your writings.' That will be hard to top, my dear.

It is so true that we are often so busy just living our lives that we fail to appreciate nature's wonder. Thank you for the reminder. If I write a sequel that will be another rule. Promise.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Sandra. So you adore my choice of photos and 'great' suggestions. Isn't that a coincidence? I adore you!


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, tsmog. You probably won't be able to read this until this evening since you will be working out all day and following all these rules. You're most welcome! And you have a wonderful day, too. Aw, make it a year!


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Izettl. I love chihuahuas, too. That's why I gave the lil doggie the punchline. Thank you for smiling at this hub and appreciating the quotes. My pleasure, m'dear.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

That think before you speak one is gonna be the hard one for me....I need an editor! LOL I am happier since I read this:)


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

If only one out of the twelve rules is difficult for you, Kelly, then you are way ahead of the game, m'luv. As long as you are happier since you read this. See, they are working already!


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Paradise7 4 years ago from Upstate New York

I'm already enjoying life more, reading this. I see you made good use of my "older than dirt" remark and one-upped me, in the bargain! Love it all...forgive me if I go get some M & M's!


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

What a pleasure to see you here, Paradise, and yes, I really identify with the 'older than soil' remark. Have used it in my profile for eons. Thank you for loving all this and have some more M&Ms on me. They are good for you!


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota

Great pictures, Wise tips for life, fun combined with education. How much more can we ask for drbj. This was such a joy to read. I want to hold that puppy so bad. That picture really tugged on my heartstrings. I hit every single button. Thanks for the great read.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Linda. Yes, that little doggie is a heartbreaker and you can tell from the photo how sorry he is even if he didn't do whatever he is suspected of doing. Thank you so much for hitting all the buttons and enjoying this; I enjoyed reading your comments.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I need to follow rule number two and three. But does putting ones foot in ones mouth = exercise?

These are all great rules to live by and I love how you can take anything and make people smile.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

To answer your query, Susan, putting one's foot in one's mouth equals exercise only if you can insert entire foot. Though I must admit, during my lifetime, I have accomplished that feat more than once. But I AM working on it.

What a nice compliment you gave me! Thank you, m'luv. Making people smile is what I love to do.


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moneycop 4 years ago from JABALPUR

beautyfull therapy, people like u have taken the burden of God to make people happy and smile at there problems, heads off nothing to say more, just thank a lot voted up and love...


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

drbj, for the 1st time in more than 2 weeks I TAKE the time to catch up with replies on my comments - today is a public holiday down here. I must tell you that I am laughing my head and jack off for your replies - three-four in a row...

You are such a delight. I don't think I will ever stop laughing in your presence.

I hope you are having a lovely day, fine and healthy as a fiddle in spite of the fact that you are as old as dirt.

You are so extra-ordinary special - a very bright star in Hubland...


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, moneycop, how nice to have you visit. And what genuine, sweet commments. Thank you, my dear. I have always enjoyed making people smile. Smiles and laughter do keep you young. Thank you for the Up ... and the love.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, Martie, for taking the time to come visit. I know what that's like since I have to apologize for being late commmenting and answering comments, too.

So you laughed your head off at this hub? Aha! That's what I heard when you started laughing: "Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, thud."

I have to share with you something that gave me a tremendous laugh yesterday. I had to go for a stress test. I'm not stressed, y'know, I just do the test for my doctor who is stressed. Anyway, the sweet and very young assistant needed to fasten the pads to my chest that hold the monitoring wires and such. So she said to me, "OK, Pull up your shirt and show me what you got!" She was so serious and I was so surprised by her unexpected flippant request I started laughing so hard I found it difficult to stop. I'm sure that intense emotion skewed the results. But I couldn't stop laughing. It has been so many years since I last heard that request!

So you keep laughing, too, and I will try my best to stay fit as a fiddle. Thank you as always m'luv for your very appreciative comments. I love 'extra-ordinary special.' So are you.


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

drbj, you better go back for a serious test, because that reading was certainly influenced by your laughter...

Lol! I could clearly picture myself in your shoes... Though I might have burst out crying...

Aging is not for sissies.... I hope to obtain a sense of humor in this field... I am still wearing my baby shoes - seeing myself like water in my hands, draining through the spaces between my fingers...

Fortunately I am growing...

:))


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Martie, Thanks for your concern but everything is hunky-dory. I'm as strong as an ox my doctor says. Now if I were only as strong as a human. Ho, ho.

And you ARE growing, m'luv, I read it in your writing. I do agree with you, though, aging is not for sissies. In fact, that was a line from Bette Davis - your mom may remember her! I wrote a hub about it: "Old Age is Not for Sissies." She and you and I have that right!


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Gabby McMahon 3 years ago from Ennis, Co Clare, Ireland

great hub, found it very uplifting reading it on a dreary, rainy Irish afternoon


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

How nice to meet you, Gabby, and how pleasant that you found this uplifting reading - especially on a dreary rainy Irish day.

You must visit south Florida one day, m'dear. The sun shines just about every single day. It's a state law! :)


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carolina muscle 3 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

These are all great guidelines, and I think I gotta start working on that "look before you leap" thing a bit. :-)


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Chris, thanks for finding these to be great guidelines. So you need to work on the 'look before you leap' thing? Sounds like there might be a great story there, my man.


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida

I just came back for a reread, drbj, cause I just needed to smile tonight. I knew if I came to your Hubs, my spirits would be lifted. I remembered this one, and you know, it worked.....I am smiling again. When I read any one of the jokes, I laugh. I think my favorite is the little girl with the little red wagon.

I'm voting this UP (again), and am sharing again, because I'm sure I'm not the only one needing a smile right now.


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lindsay123 3 years ago from Philippines

These are all great tips and really timely. Today, a lot of people are troubled with a lot of things such as responsibilities, work and other earthly concerns. What they fail to realize is that life is more fun when you do the right thing and you have the right mindset. Enjoying life more is better than living like chasing all the things in the world..

Smile and laugh more together with exercise would be a good way to start... thanks for this wonderful and useful hub


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jengracehodges 3 years ago from Southeastern United States

I loved your inspiring statements, as well as your wit. :) This article was an awesome read.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

I know what you mean about the need for having your spirits lifted, mary, and I am honored beyond words that you came back for a reread and a smile. Are you smiling now, m'dear?

Thanks you for laughing at my jokes and especially the girl with the red wagon - she is a winner.

Thank you for voting up again and the sharing. I hope we can both bring smiles to more folks needing them particularly right now!


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, lindsay. Thanks for finding and enjoying these timely tips. I do agree with you that folks today have become so concerned with earthly worries that they have a rather negative mindset.

They have forgotten how to smile and laugh and enjoy themselves. And as you mention, the importance of exercise. Thank you for the visit and the kind comments.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Nice to meet you, jengrace. If you love my inspiring statements, my wit and this 'awesome' article, then I love you. Feel free to visit any one of my other 195 or so hubs. :)


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

Loved this, drbj

I so agree. You got at the heart of the very best we can do to make this walk our most wondrous. Each one of them is a way to make our lives better and more fulfilled and you have collected them altogether here for us to enjoy.

Awesome

Voted up++++

Angels are on the way :) ps


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Just caught those angels, Patricia. Thank you, m'luv. And thank you for enjoying my twelve suggestions as well as the Up vote. With four pluses? That's a new record!


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

These were so funny, Drbj. I loved the pictures that went along. Each was fabulous. The BFF one was so adorable and that poor Opossum mom. Yikes. We see quite a few of those here in Texas. My favorite joke was number 7, the apology with the surprise post script. Keep them coming.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you for finding this, Peg - it has always been one of my favorites. Delighted you loved the images - the monkey and his BFF and the frazzled possum mom are two of my favorites, too. If I can find enough additional appropriate images, I'll write a Part Two.


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Obviously this hub struck a chord with a number of people. I'm happy to report that I live by these twelve rules, and I've never been happier. One thing I do is surround myself with loving, caring, positive people, and you are a perfect example of that. :)


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

What a lovely complimentary comment, Bill. Thank you, sir. I try very hard to live up to that description. And I have noticed, so do you, so do you!


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carolina muscle 3 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

I love this hub.. it's got everything- motivation, attitude, and humor ! You're the heat, drbj!


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

That just may be my most favorite-est comment I ever received, Chris. Thank you, thank you. Signed,

'the heat'

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