Be Happy!

Last year at this time I wrote a blog about not putting off what you really want to do.  My 2015 blog: Just Do It That advice is as good this year as it was December 30, 2015.

Lately all I’ve been hearing is news about another actor/singer/writer/sports person/politician/friend who has died. Suddenly died, in many cases. Unexpected.

Check out this list: Famous People Who Died in 2016

We don’t come with expiration dates. We know there will be an end to this life journey, but the day and time are unknown. We like to think it will be when we’re very old and will happen while we’re sleeping, but that’s not always the case.

So if you’re unhappy with your life, make it a goal for 2017 to find ways to make your life happier. Life is too short to be miserable.

Let’s make the coming year a



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14 Responses to Be Happy!

  1. Diane Burton says:

    Great advice, Maris. My advice to myself has been (still is): if not now, when? Best wishes for a great 2017.

  2. Charli Humphreys says:

    I’ve been having similar thoughts about noted people dying this year, and I pay particular attention to their ages when they leave us. A fair amount are in their nineties, and that’s comforting to me, as it’s way in the future (but sliding closer each day). Those younger ones seemed to have sped up their demise by the use of drugs (that doesn’t really include wine, right??)
    Of course that leaves those in the middle, surrounding my not-to-be-spoken-aloud age. My concentration and fleeting thoughts are about what I would bestow upon people if I knew I were to die this week. Loving words, yes, small gifts, and the bulk to those already noted in my will, tossed casually in a corner. I want to know when my life will end, but don’t want that date to become the determining decisions of my life.
    Think about dying much, nah, not much.
    Charli Humphreys

    • Maris Soule says:

      Charli, I think as we do grow older it’s impossible not to think of what’s ahead (see, I’m avoiding the D word). Lately, with another well-known person dying every few days, it’s really being thrown in our faces. The cliche is to live each day as if it’s your last. Cliche or not, it’s good advice.

  3. My husband’s first cousin who was born the same day as he was died a day ago. Needless to say, we both felt terrible. It reminds us that we are mortal as you say. Carpe Diem. Live life to its fullest so we have no regrets.

  4. Melissa Keir says:

    Live life to the fullest, love passionately, forgive easily… let anger go and take chances. <3

  5. Happiness is a choice and yes, it’s important to do things that bring us joy. Great post!
    Good luck and God’s blessings

  6. Lucy Kubash says:

    So many good people lost this year, from a dear great nephew of mine who left us at age 31 to the most recent well-known Debbie Reynolds. Guess none of us knows when and the best advice is to live life to the fullest and not to put off doing what makes us happy. Happy New Year to you. Wishing you good health and happy times in 2017.

  7. Bonnie Alkema says:

    Hi Maris,
    Just finished reading A Man Called Ove, Fannie Flagg’s The Whole Town’s Talking, and Louise Penny’s The Great Reckoning. Those books bring the life, death, and how we live, up close and personal, so be happy and the other good advice in comments is just what I needed. I’m off to read a cozy and watch a Hallmark movie. Wishing you peace, joy, and good health in the new year. Hugs, Bonnie

    • Maris Soule says:

      Good to hear from you, Bonnie. I read A Man Called Ove and loved it. I haven’t read the other two you mentioned. I’ll put them on my TBR list. My best to you. I wish I could have made it to more of the Soup and Suspense gatherings, but it wasn’t to be in 2016. Maybe 2017? Happy New Year to you.