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Joseph J. Mazzella: All the little things

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Over the years, I have learned that the best lives are built one choice and one change at a time.

They are not built on some big triumph or accomplishment but rather on all the little things we choose to do every single day. What are some of these little things that you can do to change your own life? Here are just a few of them.

Say, "Good Morning, God!" when you wake up everyday. Watch the sunrise. Watch the sunset. Watch the birds flying across the sky.

Smell the flowers. Play in the leaves. Make snow angels.

Pet your pets. Play with your kids. Pray. Smile at that person in the mirror. Smile at that stranger on the street. Wave. Hug your children.

Hug your friends. Hug yourself. Care and sometimes cry. Sing and sometimes dance. Read an uplifting book. Write an uplifting letter.

Laugh often. Encourage those around you. Offer to help another. Give a compliment. Pat a back. Shake a hand. Share a kiss. Say, "Please." Say, "Thank you." Say, "You're welcome."

Take a walk. Take a nap. Take a moment to thank God for today. Enjoy a meal. Hum a tune.

Whistle while you work. Listen to music. Listen to the birds singing. Listen to people. Be kind.

Be compassionate. Do good. Live simply. Give much. Expect nothing in return.

Most of all, though, just love.

Choose love. Share love. Learn of love. Grow in love. Pray for love. Delight in love. Become one with God's love. Love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. Love yourself. Love everyone else in this world as you love yourself.

Love and have joy in that love.

All of these little things build the best life. All of these little choices create a life of love and light. All of these little changes fill you with Heaven and happiness.

Try them all. Build a better life, a better you, and a better world.Mazzella is a writer who lives in Upper Glade.


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