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Welcome to Mirth and Motivation! This is a Lifestyle/Motivational blog offering an eclectic mix of mirthful and motivational pieces: Life Tips / Advice, Affirmations/Wellness, Women’s Lives, Food, Travel, Interviews, Inspirational posts, Reviews, Peace, AND Social Media ruminations on people, places, and events that shape our lives. I invite you to stay awhile, read some posts, and share your thoughts with this growing online blog community.

One of the fundamental rules of blogging is to make connections with others by adding value through our message/content, comments, and social interactions. I hope you’ll share your comments and expertise with me. If you’d like to write a Guest post, offer a sponsorship or PR opportunity, send me a message with your inquiry by email at: contact(@)mirthandmotivation(.)com or contact(@)positivekismet(.)com Thank you!

Something I know for sure is that we all want to be heard, appreciated and respected; I know that sincere, positive, and empowering messages are far more appealing than incendiary angling for blog attention. If your blogosphere surfing brings you here, relax, kick back, and share a positive tidbit on your worldview.

So, How should we handle the global economic shift? How do we stay mirthful and motivated?
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Photo Challenge: Favorite Places


“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.” Elliott Erwitt

Photo Challenge: Favorite Places

Photo Challenge: Favorite Places

The planet is a vast and beautiful place, full of exciting and wonderful people. Ashlan Gorse Cousteau
If you are in a beautiful place where you can enjoy sunrise and sunset, then you are living like a lord. Nathan Phillips
Cherish sunsets, wild creatures and wild places. Have a love affair with the wonder and beauty of the earth. Stewart Udall

Favorite Place(s): Can we pick more than one?  The photo challenge assignment called for a singular place … immediately, I felt overwhelmed. How could I possibly pick one place that I love to visit when so many dance before my eyes? Should I stay local or go international? If I choose one place, will I forever be haunted by the spirit of all other many other places that have given me solace? I decided to go rogue and create a collage of some of my favorite places stateside. I figured that since there are many places around the world that I love, it would be hard to edit myself. Venturing beyond my locale might create anxiety and feelings of guilt and that was NOT the point of the exercise… So, join me on a walk through some of my favorite places. Some you are familiar with because I write about them often. A few might be new to you but it’s all good.



“When you leave a beautiful place, you carry it with you wherever you go.” Alexandra Stoddard

Photo Challenge: Favorite Places

Photo Challenge: Favorite Places

Photo Challenge: Favorite Places

Photo Challenge: Favorite Places

Try to leave the Earth a better place than when you arrived. Sidney Sheldon
And, obviously, as one who likes to travel around myself a lot, I think the Earth is a beautiful place. And, I’m looking forward to some new perspectives. Duane G. Carey


Favorite Places: Where are your Happy Places? When I think of my Happy Places, outside of my home, I think of spaces that make me come alive and that fuel my creative spirit. In the last 5-6 years, I have faced some challenges that, but for grace and the presence of such places, I might not have been able to write about them. So, I went back to the places that have nurtured and sustained me. The Croton Aqueduct, the Hudson River and its adjoining Hudson River Park, top my list for obvious reasons: they are in my neighborhood and have provided me with many hours of respite for years and during all the seasons. I never tire of their offerings and the crisp, fresh air that fills my lungs when I am in those places. I included other places in my collage because they have given me creative succor, joyful memories, and an appreciation of the grand scheme we call life. Nature and all its magical parts feature heavily in my selections and that would make sense. I thrive in nature because the changing seasons are a reminder that all things change and even our hardships, like the dead of winter, have an expiration date.  Can you guess which other places I added? Take a close look as you might recognize some of them.



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Motivation Mondays: International Day of Happiness & Global Goals


“Happiness must be shared. Selfishness is its enemy; to make another happy is to be happy one’s self. It is quiet, most easily won in moments of solitude and reflection. It comes from within.” William Ogden

Motivation Mondays: International Day of Happiness & Global Goals

Motivation Mondays: International Day of Happiness & Global Goals

Global Goals Message from Professor Stephen Hawking

The day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly to promote happiness as a universal goal and aspiration in the lives of people around the globe. UNO
Until you are happy with who you are, you will never be happy with what you have. Zig Ziglar
Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself. Ralph Waldo Emerson
To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him. Buddha

Happy International Day Of Happiness! Happy First Day of Spring. When Jayme Illien of Illien Global Public Benefit Corporation approached the United Nations Organization, in 2011, with a proposal to have March 20 designated as International Happiness Day, he had no idea that it would soon boomerang into a global movement that continues to grow in strength. It was a project close to Jayme’s heart and on June 28, 2012, the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki moon and the 193 member states joined  the United Nations General Assembly to unanimously adopt UN resolution 66/281  which agreed, in part, that “the pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human goal…” The UN theme this year is on International Happiness and Immigration. Tomorrow, across the globe, people will gather to celebrate this special day and there are so many ways we can join in and increase our happiness quotient. First of all, abandon the idea that happiness is only for people with perfect lives. That is nonsense. If you live in this world you will certifiably have your share of struggle. What makes the difference is your ability to learn, grow, and help your fellow man/woman

This year, the pledge we take for happiness is to agree to do our part: “I will try to create more happiness in the world around me.” The second 2018 theme is Share Happiness. While you are at it, consider some of the helpful data coming through the research on the subject. The World Happiness Report 2018 contends that the top countries tend to have high values for the six key variables that support well-being: income, healthy life expectancy, social support, freedom, trust and generosity. When we have these variables in place, it removes some of the edge that poverty and inequality bring to the mix. So this year, I am including the 17 Sustainable Development Goals that the UN created and we expect to achieve them around the world by 2050. How? With each of us doing our part and using the following hashtags to spread the word: #ShareHappiness #HappyDay #InternationalDayofHappiness

READ: Sustainable Development Goals
World Happiness Report 2018
PLEDGE: Join the movement for a happier world



“Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.” Helen Keller

Motivation Mondays: International Day of Happiness & Global Goals

Motivation Mondays: International Day of Happiness & Global Goals

If you let go a little you will have a little happiness. If you let go a lot you will have a lot of happiness. If you let go completely you will be free. Ajahn Chah
Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful. Albert Schweitzer
Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life. Omar Khayyam
If you have given up hope of ever being happy, cheer up. Never lose hope. Your soul, being a reflection of the ever joyous Spirit, is, in essence, happiness itself. Paramhansa Yogananda
Be ever happy inside. You can’t change things outside of you, but you can change yourself.
Happiness is like a plant: It must be watered daily with giving thoughts and actions. Swami Kriyananda

Why an International Day of Happiness? What are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals? When we combine our own efforts to live a happy and gratitude filled life with a conscious effort to observe the lives of others on this planet , it becomes easier to imagine wanting it for others. The happiest people/leaders provide for all their citizens including immigrants in their nations. They recognize that when some are oppressed, while a small percentage enjoys everything, it makes for an imbalanced nation with growing resentments from the masses. According to Dr Rick Hanson who conducts research in the neuroscience of happiness, and data gathered in other World Happiness Reports, there is evidence to suggest that if we want to maintain our overall well-being and neural bases, we need four key supports; 1. sustained positive emotions. 2. recovery from negative emotions. 3. empathy, altruism, and pro-social behavior, and 4. a good dose of mind-wandering, mindfulness and emotion captured attention. So consider that taking action on this day fits in well with things we can do to affect our mind and mood in a positive way. Now before you think the 6 key variables and these 4 key supports are out of your reach, stop and think about the mindset behind the thought. It takes some effort to develop new ways of viewing the world and our lives but, if we make a commitment to honor our higher goals and make our inner and outer lives better, we can do it.

 What are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals? The late Stephen Hawking was a great mind and his views in the video shared above will add meaning to the idea that we are one family on this planet. The UN created the goals with three key aspects in mind, to end povertyreduce inequality, and protect our planet –  That said, the UN also put together a list of actions that can help you make a difference in everyday life. Which goal or goals do you want to see achieved most in your lifetime? Please pick up to 4 selections from the choices below and share your dream for the world on those you chose. Are they feasible? Can we achieve them? I say yes but each of us must weigh in. The 17 sustainable development goals are geared to create a global village that is sustained through our efforts to achieve the following:
Goal 1: No Poverty
Goal 2: Zero Hunger
Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being
Goal 4: Quality Education
Goal 5: Gender Equality
Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
Goal 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities
Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
Goal 13: Climate Action
Goal 14: Life Below Water
Goal 15: Life on Land
Goal 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions
Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals

READ: Lazy Person’s Guide To Changing the World.

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for FEB 2018/MAR 2018 are:



01/01 –   01/01 New Year’s Day, 01/04  World Braille Day, 01/07 Orthodox Christmas, Golden Globes Award
01/08 –   01/11 Human Trafficking Awareness,  01/14 Orthodox New Year,
01/15 –   01/15  Martin Luther King Day,  01/21 World Religion Day,
01/22 –   01/26 International Customs Day, 01/27 International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust
01/28 –   01/28  Grammy Awards,


03/04 – Women’s History Month, National Nutrition Month, Irish-American Heritage Month, American Red Cross Month, 08 International Women’s Day, World Kidney Day, 04 Academy Awards
03/11 – 11 Daylight Savings, 14 Pi Day, 15 World Consumer Rights Day, 17 St Patrick’s Day
03/18 – 19 St Joseph, 20 International Day of Happiness, 21 World poetry Day, 22 World Water day, 24 Earth Hour
03/25 – Palm Sunday, 29 Holy Thursday, 30 Good Friday, 31 Passover

Are You Looking for Ways to Stay Creative in 2018?

– Join the Daily Post Post-a-day or Post-a-week Challenge.

— Join the BlogHer Writing Lab



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Try The World: A Taste of SOUTH AFRICA


“What one won’t eat by itself, one will eat when mixed with other food.” Bantu & Lamba Proverb

Try The World: A Taste of SOUTH AFRICA

Try The World: A Taste of SOUTH AFRICA

Golden beaches. Jagged mountains. National parks overflowing with wildlife and spectacular natural scenery. Located at the southern tip of Africa, South Africa is a vast country with wildly varying landscapes and a population that is no less diverse. The country has eleven official languages and more than a dozen tribes, and is affectionately known as the Rainbow Nation. From the vineyards and vibrant, multicultural neighborhoods of Cape Town, to a safari surrounded by lions, elephants, and rhinos in Kruger National Park, it’s easy to lose yourself in the beauty of South Africa. Pull up a chair at our braai as we introduce you to some of the unique and exotic flavors of this dynamic country. Try The World South Africa


Try The World: A Taste Of SOUTH AFRICA: With Spring around the corner, it’s time to think of where I’d rather be. Wouldn’t it be nice to venture into the world of new foods to try? Try The World: The South African Box takes us on another gastronomic adventure into the world of South African gourmet cuisine. As I write this post, I’m thinking of my many South African friends, former classmates, and social media connections. They live in a beautiful, multi-ethnic country rich with natural resources, cultures, languages and diverse religions that speak to the many people who moved to the area.  Over centuries, the nation, on the Southern tip of the African continent, saw an influx of outsiders who came and settled as colonialists, immigrants, and others seeking new opportunities in this land of great wealth, fantastic weather and a dark apartheid history. Even though the system of apartheid was gradually dismantled and eventually abandoned, with the release and election of Nelson Mandela, its reverberations remain a lingering albeit quiet presence in the region. Poverty and inequality are still areas of concern.

When I think of South Africa, I think of a nation with tremendous potential. Since 1994, when the majority black population became enfranchised, a lot of business growth opened doors to many and despite challenges, success stories continue to show the human spirit rising above the grind. According to Wikipedia, It is classified by the World Bank as an upper-middle-income economy, a newly industrialized nation, the second-largest economy in Africa, and the 34th-largest in the world.  It’s purchasing power ranks it at the seventh-highest per capita income in Africa. All good stats and, as with many other countries on our beloved continent, food is a great way to connect and fresh locally sourced ingredients are a big part of the diet.

This post is about the celebration of South African Cuisine; both indigenous and non indigenous foods from the region. Bantu culture and foods from Khoisan groups make up the African indigenous cuisine. Dutch (since 1652), German, French, Italian, Greek, British, Indo-Asian/India, Indonesia and Portugal/Mozambique cuisine all have influences on South African cuisine as we know it today. So the food is a reflection of the diverse cultures and people that make up the population of the region. Food is healing…

READ: South Africa
Top 13 Traditional South African Foods to Have a Good Time With



“One spoon of soup in need has more value than a pot of soup when we have an abundance of food.” Angolan Proverb

Try The World: A Taste of SOUTH AFRICA

Try The World: A Taste of SOUTH AFRICA

If you are looking for a fly in your food it means that you are full. South African Proverb
The man who counts the bits of food he swallows is never satisfied. African Proverb

What’s inside my Try The World –  SOUTH AFRICA Box? Every box of curated gourmet items includes a spice, a sweet, traditional foods that folks love and cherish in the country of origin, and a Culture Guide that walks you though the history of each item, the family behind the farm or company, and a few recipes to try with your food items. If you so choose, you may use the items to create your own recipes or add them to your favorite foods… that is the beauty of enjoying foods from around the world. For our gastronomic adventure into South Africa please come back and stay tuned for a full description. Where would I rather be? Enjoying a delicious home-cooked South African dish. And you?
READ: Top 10 foods to try in South Africa

Sign up today for your first journey into Try The World’s gourmet items to enjoy. As an Ambassador for this extraordinary brand, I’d like to remind everyone about our special deep discount. SPECIAL OFFER: Try The World has made a special offer of 15% discount off the first subscription box to all my readers. As a reader of this blog, you can use the discount code on purchasing your first $39/box subscription option and/or on all gift boxes. Use the coupon code MMTRAVELS15 during your checkout to get your awesome discount.

What about pricing?  Subscriptions now start at $33/Box.
A bi-monthly subscription is $39/box charged every two months
A 6 months tour subscription is $35/box charged every six months
A year tour subscription is $33/box charged every year
People have the option to order a gift single box and/or gift tours.

If the SOUTH AFRICA Box calls you, sign up today, save 15% on your first box and a new box will be shipped, every other month, when it becomes available.


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