22 Things Happy People Do Differently

These are from this article: http://successify.net/2012/10/31/22-things-happy-people-do-differently/

1. Don’t hold grudges

2. Treat everyone with kindness

3. See problems as challenges

4. Express gratitude for what they already have

5. Dream big

6. Don’t sweat the small stuff

7. Speak well of others

8. Never make excuses

9. Get absorbed into the present

10. Wake up at the same time every morning

11. Avoid social comparison

12. Choose friends wisely

13. Never seek approval from others

14. Take the time to listen

15. Nurture social relationships

16. Meditate

17. Eat well

18. Exercise

19. Live minimally

20. Tell the truth

21. Establish personal control

22. Accept what cannot be changed

Read the article. It goes into greater depth and detail.

If X – then you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots

o If you can get arrested for…. hunting or fishing without a license, but not for being in the country illegally … you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

o If you have to get your parents’ permission to go on a field trip or take an aspirin in school, but not to get an abortion … you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

o If you have to show identification to board an airplane, cash a check, buy liquor, or check out a library book, but not to vote who runs the government … you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

o If the government wants to ban stable, law-abiding citizens from owning gun magazines with more than ten rounds, but gives 20 F-16 fighter jets to the crazy new leaders in Egypt … you might live in a country founded by geniuses but …..run by idiots.

o If, in the largest city, you can buy two 16-ounce sodas, but not a 24-ounce soda because 24-ounces of a sugary drink might make you fat … you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

o If an 80-year-old woman can be stripped searched by the TSA but a woman in a hijab is only subject to having her neck and head searched … you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

o If your government believes that the best way to eradicate trillions of dollars of debt is to spend trillions more … you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

o If a seven year old boy can be thrown out of school for saying his teacher is “cute,” but hosting a sexual exploration or diversity class in grade school is perfectly acceptable … you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

o If children are forcibly removed from parents who discipline them with spankings while children of addicts are left in filth and drug infested “homes”… you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

o If hard work and success are met with higher taxes and more government intrusion, while not working is rewarded with EBT cards, WIC checks, Medicaid, subsidized housing, and free cell phones … you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

o If the government’s plan for getting people back to work is to incentivize NOT working with 99 weeks of Unemployment checks and no requirement to prove they applied, but can’t find work … you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

o If you pay your mortgage faithfully, denying yourself the newest big screen TV while your neighbor buys iphones, TV’s and new cars, and the government forgives his debt when he defaults on his mortgage … you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

o If being stripped of the ability to defend yourself makes you more “safe” according to the government … you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

What a country!!!!

Is Quantitative Easing Creating Unwanted Bubbles?

The Dow set an alltime record today (Mar. 5, 2013). The last time the Dow / Stock Market was this high was in Oct. 2007. Here are some interesting statistics comparing then vs now.

~ Dow Jones Industrial Average:   Then 14164.5;   Now 14164.5

~ Regular Gas Price:   Then $2.75;   Now $3.73

~ GDP Growth:   Then +2.5%;   Now +1.6%

~ Americans Unemployed (in Labor Force):   Then 6.7 million;   Now 13.2 million

~ Americans On Food Stamps:   Then 26.9 million;   Now 47.69 million

~ Size of Fed’s Balance Sheet:   Then $0.89 trillion;   Now $3.01 trillion

~ US Debt as a Percentage of GDP:   Then ~38%;   Now 74.2%

~ US Deficit (LTM):   Then $97 billion;   Now $975.6 billion

~ Total US Debt Oustanding:   Then $9.008 trillion;   Now $16.43 trillion

~ US Household Debt:   Then $13.5 trillion;   Now 12.87 trillion

~ Labor Force Particpation Rate:   Then 65.8%;   Now 63.6%

~ Consumer Confidence:   Then 99.5;   Now 69.6

~ S&P Rating of the US:   Then AAA;   Now AA+

~ VIX:   Then 17.5%;   Now 14%

~ 10 Year Treasury Yield:   Then 4.64%;   Now 1.89%

~ EURUSD:   Then 1.4145;   Now 1.3050

~ Gold:   Then $748;   Now $1583

~ NYSE Average LTM Volume (per day): Then 1.3 billion shares; Now 545 million shares

There are some very troubling numbers in there – and the trend is not good. It appears that the Quantitative Easing the Fed has been doing is creating a bubble or multiple bubbles that will be very scary when they pop.

I Wonder Why??

 

Why do supermarkets make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front?

 

Why do people order double cheeseburgers, large fries, and a dietcoke?

 

Why do banks leave vault doors open and then chain the pens to the counters?

 

Why do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in our driveways and put our useless junk in the garage?

 

 

Why the sun lightens our hair, but darkens our skin?

 

Why can’t women put on mascara with their mouth closed?

 

Why don’t you ever see the head line ‘Psychic Wins Lottery’?

 

Why is ‘abbreviated’ such a long word?

 

Why is it that doctors and attorneys call what they do ‘practice’?

 

Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavoring, and dish washing liquid made with real lemons?

 

Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker?

 

Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called rush hour?

 

Why isn’t there mouse-flavored cat food?

 

Why didn’t Noah swat those two mosquitoes?

 

Why do they sterilize the needle for lethal injections?

 

You know that indestructible black box that is used on airplanes? Why don’t they make the whole plane out of that stuff??

 

Why don’t sheep shrink when it rains?

 

Why are they called apartments when they are all stuck together?

 

If flying is so safe, why do they call the airport the terminal?