Saturday, September 19, 2009

I have read a couple of articles lately about happiness and one of the things suggested to do to raise your happiness level is to be grateful. It was suggested to think of all the things you are grateful for. Another suggestion was to look at family photos of happy memories which is more effective than many of the other suggestions in raising your happiness level. When I was a girl, I loved to look at the family photos. They were all kept in a box. My mother had started a family history book, but she only had a few photos in it. A year or so before she died she went through the photos and gave me several photos to put in an album for myself. I truly appreciated her doing that as I may have never been able to know for sure if a photo was of me or my sister since we looked so much alike when we were young. I have a lot more photos than what my mother did. I am trying to scan them in on the computer and organize them. Then I can make slide shows or videos with the photos. I work on scrapbooks to keep photos and the stories behind them more accessible. Photo albums can be another good choice for keeping photos easy to see and look through. We are so lucky to have so many photos of our memories today. If we take time to look through them, maybe we'll be some of the happiest people in the world.

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