People craft– getting along with yourself

Here are five ways I fill our home with happiness.  1). Brighten walls with mirrors.  Mirrors make a room look larger and also reflect light to make the room brighter.  This takes away gloomy feelings by boosting levels of the brain’s good-feel hormone serotonin! Eleanor Frameless Mirrors

2).  Surround yourself with images of angels.  This symbol of protection heightens feelings of security and confidence.  And, looking at a reminder of faith lifts our spirits.

3).  Plant a window box.  Having bright flowers peek through windows is a beautiful way to feel closer to nature.  Geraniums come in many colors, and petunias emit a delicious spicy smell in the evening.

4).  Revitalize the atmosphere instantly with the scent of rosemary.  A drop of this oil on a light bulb diffuses when you turn on the light.  Or, hang a sprig.

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5).  Trigger some laughs with family and pets doing silly things.  In one photo of my grandson D’mitri can lift my mood-lifters for hours with a finger over the lip that looks like a mustache.  That photo was snapped just after he was told not to use the rabbit ear gesture behind someone’s head!


15 thoughts on “People craft– getting along with yourself

  1. Rachel

    Kathleen, these are wonderful ideas! My apartment needs all of them. I might start with the mirrors and work my way down. D’mitri sounds adorable.

  2. Mary Alice Tallmadge

    D’mitri is amazing– so smart and funny. I’ve met him many times. He reads a book every two weeks on his Kindle!

  3. Wade Coleman

    Very cool that the younger generation reads so much. I notice with my (freshman in college) son that he knows more than I do about goings on in the world. The internet has lots of news that is true journalism, and college kids know where to look for it.

  4. Mary Alice Tallmadge

    I think it’s valuable to know this. We have all heard about the Moonies, the EST group, Heavan’s Gate– and wonder how people get hooked into them. Crazy stuff, but many members were intelligent and fairly normal before getting in deep.

  5. Kathleen

    The cults have “an answer or some truth” that brings innocent people in with an offer of great friendship before the whole experience takes over. Wade, your son’s paper sounds fascinating.

  6. Wade Coleman

    Wade Junior said there is no certain type of person most likely to join a cult. Individual vulnerability factors matter more than personality type. At any given time, a person can become prone. Maybe he or she had a bad day. Everyone has a desire to belong, but a person who wants absolute answers and feels frustrated with the status quo is susceptible.

  7. Reba Studebaker

    College campuses used to be the place for recruitment, but this has changed in recent decades, hasn’t it, Wade?

  8. Wade Coleman

    That’s right– now cults try to get at the late twenties group. They might be new in town, starting out their first real job and need friends. Some new recruits are in their thirties, forties, and even sixties. There’s a certain lack of self-confidence that combines with a desire for spiritual meaning. Recruits might be given some sort of drug without their knowledge.

  9. Our lives are not perfect, and we need to work at being happy. Even our church experiences fail us at times. But, it must be terrible for people who are stuck in a cult and can’t get out. I understand this happens often because there is a hierarchy of power, and members are monitored and punished. Also they are kept in a fatigued state and sometimes food is used as an award. This was true in Jonestown.

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