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29/11/2008

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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Motivation Mondays: Day of Happiness & Spring #internationaldayofhappiness

18/03/2019

“Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Motivation Mondays: Day of Happiness & Spring #internationaldayofhappiness

Motivation Mondays: Day of Happiness & Spring #internationaldayofhappiness

 

Motivation Mondays: Day of Happiness & Spring #internationaldayofhappiness

Motivation Mondays: Day of Happiness & Spring #internationaldayofhappiness


Pharrell Williams – Happy (1AM)

 

What do you know about International Day of Happiness? On March 20th, we will honor the 7th celebration of International Happiness Day and the First day of Spring! If you’ve been wondering about what to do on Wednesday, I’ll say cheer up, look around you and find one thing to make you smile.  The 2019 theme is Happier Together! Happiness is a choice and, while there is much suffering on our planet, we can make an effort to spread love, joy and acts of kindness to our fellow men/women; when we stop to consider all the good in our lives, we will begin to realize that we have plenty to be happy about. Another important event we can’t ignore is the start of spring. After months of cold wintry days and hibernation, we are ready for the coming of spring flowers and longer,brighter days. What’s not to love? More on spring later!

How did IHD start?  In 2011, Jayme Illien of Illien Global Public Benefit Corporation approached the United Nations Organization with a proposal to have March 20 designated as International Happiness Day. It was a project close to Jayme’s heart and the UN was delighted to jump aboard. With the support of United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki moon and all the 193 member states,  on June 28, 2012, the United Nations General Assembly  unanimously adopted UN resolution 66/281  which agreed, in part, that “the pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human goal…”   You can join in today by taking the pledge and dowload a free happiness guide to shift your mood and thoughts : – “I will try to create more happiness in the world around me” (The Action for Happiness pledge) Come back for more!

READ: Motivation Mondays: International Day of Happiness & Global Goals
Motivation Mondays: International Day of Happiness & Spring
International Day Of Happiness: Celebrate #internationaldayofhappiness
Motivation Mondays: BEING HAPPY

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Motivation Mondays: St Patrick’s Day Facts & Quotes

11/03/2019

“The list of Irish saints is past counting; but in it all no other figure is so human, friendly, and lovable as St. Patrick.” Stephen Gwynn

Motivation Mondays: St Patrick's Day Facts & Quotes

Motivation Mondays: 20 St Patrick’s Day Facts & Quotes

Be still and know that I am. Be still and know. Be still. Be. St. Patrick
If you’re Irish, it doesn’t matter where you go – you’ll find family. Victoria Smurfit
The heart of an Irishman is nothing but his imagination. George Bernard Shaw
Luck is great, but most of life is hard work. Iain Duncan Smith
Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity. Lucius Annaeus Seneca
St. Patrick’s Day is an enchanted time – a day to begin transforming winter’s dreams into summer’s magic. Adrienne Cook
May you always walk in sunshine. May you never want for more. May Irish angels rest their wings right beside your door. Irish Blessing

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!  Sunday, March 17 is the official day to celebrate this popular, international holiday but many start the celebrations early; last weekend, many of us joined throngs of people in colorful parades everywhere.  This is a special occasion because we get to bear witness to the fact that when many gather to honor what matters to them; be it their culture, history or whatever, magic happens. What I love about this day of revelry is how much fun and creativity goes into planning the parades and celebrations. The parades try to showcase the best of Ireland and the Irish immigrant population around the world. Interestingly, it is the immigrant population that originated the first parade in New York in 1762, and the event has grown beyond that first attempt to honor St Paddy and all things Irish. To help us enjoy and survive Saint Patrick’s Day,  I have added popular Irish sayings in block quotes above/below each paragraph.  I have also added, below each paragraph, insightful facts about this special day. Take a moment to read them.

1. St. Patrick wasn’t Irish
2. He was born in Great Britain and his real name was Maewyn Succat NOT Patrick
3. St. Patrick’s color is blue, and that green hat on your head and on other body parts are our own green-eyed monster inventions; they were probably created for fun
4. It is NOT “St. Patty’s Day!” Please call him St. Patrick or St. Paddy… after all, the last time we checked, Patty was/is/always will be female.
5. St. Patrick’s Day as we know it was invented in the United States of America.
6. St. Patrick’s Day parade was actually first held in New York in 1762, and the Irish in Ireland joined in many years later.
7. March 17th is the day St. Patrick died. So why all the hoopla? Saints are honored on their birthdays.

READ: Motivation Mondays: St. Patrick’s Day Traditions, Toasts & Tales
Saint Patrick’s Day: Quotes, Toasts & Sayings #saintpatricksday

 

“Sufficient for me is that honor which is not seen of men but is felt in the heart, as faithful is He who hath promised and who never lies.”  Saint Patrick

Motivation Mondays: St Patrick's Day Facts & Quotes

Motivation Mondays: 20 St Patrick’s Day Facts & Quotes

Luck is believing you’re lucky. Tennessee Williams
Never iron a four-leaf clover because you don’t want to press your luck. Unknown
Love is never defeated, and I could add, the history of Ireland proves it. Pope John Paul II
There is no language like the Irish for soothing and quieting. John Millington Synge
I was raised in a very old-fashioned Ireland where women were reared to be lovely. Anne Enright
A good friend is like a four-leaf clover, hard to find and lucky to have. William Butler Yeats
You’ve got to think lucky. If you fall into a mudhole, check your back pocket—you might have caught a fish. Darrell Royal
Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy. Irish Proverb

There are so many popular myths attributed to St Patrick that I couldn’t list all of them if I tried.  The good thing about them is that they have become traditions that so many celebrate. Since they’re harmless, many people around the world participate in the festivities.  One popular myth that I love sharing is a quote by Patricia Lynch: “If you hold a four-leaf shamrock in your left hand at dawn on St. Patrick’s Day you get what you want very much but haven’t wished for.”  The more I think about it, the more the truth shared is revealed. I have to add that I love all things Irish.

8. St. Patrick didn’t drive all the snakes from Ireland; it’s a popular myth.
9. The harp is the symbol of Ireland not the green shamrock. Did you knew that one?
10. The idea that shamrocks and clover were his symbols? Malarkey! They are NOT. Did you know the four leaf clover stands for something? The first leaf is hope, the second is faith, the third is love and the fourth is luck.
11. St. Patrick’s Day used to be a teetotaler aka alcohol dry holiday in Ireland because the Catholic Church wanted it to be so. We should ask the Pope why it all changed.
12. Corned beef and cabbage isn’t a traditional Irish dish. Eat it anyway.
13. Did you know that there are more Irish people living in the U.S. than in Ireland? Ireland has about 4.2. million people and counting.
14. In contrast, we have about 34 million people of Irish descent living in America.

READ: St. Patrick’s Day: Facts & Fiction
St Patrick’s Day: Top 20 Things You Should Know

 

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for FEB – MAR 2019 are:

FEB

02/03   –  04 World Cancer Day, 05 Chinese New Year
02/10   –  10 Grammy Awards,   14 Valentine’s Day
02/17  –  18 Presidents Day, 14 Image Awards,
02/24   –  24 Academy Awards,

 

MAR

03/03   –  08 International Women’s Day
03/10   –  10 iHeart Awards, 14 Pi Day
03/17 –   17 St Patrick’s Day, 20 Start of Spring/International Day of Happiness
03/24   –  30 Earth Hour
03/31 –    31 Day of Visibility

 

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Motivation Mondays: International Women’s Day – #IWD2019 #BalanceforBetter #InnovateForChange

04/03/2019

““Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change” puts innovation at the centre of efforts to reflect the needs and viewpoints of women and girls and to resolve barriers to public services and opportunities.” Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women

Motivation Mondays: International Women's Day - #IWD2019 #BalanceforBetter #InnovateForChange

Motivation Mondays: International Women’s Day – #IWD2019 #BalanceforBetter #InnovateForChange

 


This #WomensDay, we’re innovating for change

The essence of Isirika is to make it clear to everybody that you are your sister’s keeper. Musimbi Kanyoro
The test for whether or not you can hold a job should not be the arrangement of your chromosomes. Bella Abzug
The history of all times and of today especially, teaches that women will be forgotten if they forget to think about themselves. Louise Otto
Remember the dignity of your womanhood. Do not appeal, do not beg, do not grovel. Take courage, join hands, stand beside us, fight with us. Christabel Pankhurst
Whatever glory belongs to the race for a development unprecedented in history for the given length of time, a full share belongs to the womanhood of the race. Mary Mcleod Bethune

The UN theme for International Women’s Day 2019 is Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change.” This is very important because it puts innovation by women and girls, for women and girls, at the center of the endless efforts made, over the years, to achieve gender equality. Before you jump to ask why we are focusing attention on the role and place of girls and women in the fields of innovation, consider the current impact gender inequity has on economic and social structures. When only 25% of women have access to STEM posts because of discriminatory practices that stereotype women’s roles and place in the job market, we have a problem with that. Why? Because limiting access to either gender means limiting the chance of innovation and creativity to fully express itself in society.

One fundamental way to to innovate for change globally is to create smart and viable solutions that include women. If only 30% of the world’s researchers are women, we need to bridge that gender gap and train more girls to move into the field and make a difference. Thinking equal means we must be intentional at including girls and women in discussions about innovation and change.  We must make access to technical training and skills development available to women. We must delve deep and eliminate all barriers that deter girls/women from pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

READ: Motivation Mondays: International Women’s Day #BeBoldForChange
Motivation Mondays: International Women’s Day #TimeisNow
Motivation Mondays: Women’s History Month
Photo Challenge: Wish For International Women’s Day #IWD2017
Time to Remember the Forgotten Women Scientists of History
When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” Audre Lorde

Motivation Mondays: International Women's Day - #IWD2019 #BalanceforBetter #InnovateForChange

Motivation Mondays: International Women’s Day – #IWD2019 #BalanceforBetter #InnovateForChange


100 Years Until We Reach Gender Parity?

Motivation Mondays: International #WomensDay - Innovate For Change

Motivation Mondays: International #WomensDay – Innovate For Change

This International Women’s Day, UN Women is sharing the unheard stories of incredible women. We invite you to listen and share the stories that inspire you at unheardwomen.org

Here’s to strong women. May we know them, may we be them, may we raise them. Unknown
Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission. Eleanor Roosevelt
I am grateful to be a woman. I must have done something great in another life. Maya Angelou
Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world. Hillary Rodham Clinton
If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman. Margaret Thatcher
Nothing in life is to be feared; it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more so that we may fear less. Marie Curie
Women have always been courageous… They are always fearless when protecting their children and in the last century they have been fearless in the fight for their rights.” Isabel Allende

 

This International Women’s Day, another important and complimentary theme organized by the IWD site is #BalanceforBetter – which is a call to action to push for gender equity globally. It is interpreted as this:  A balanced world is a better world. How can you help forge a more gender-balanced world? Celebrate women’s achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality. Get everything you need to run a successful International Women’s Day right here. When we organize ourselves to not only become innovators and creators in the marketplace, we must open the door to learn how to create gender balance in our lives that is better and empowering. Seeking equity for women doesn’t mean we are negating opportunities for men or diminishing the impact of both genders on societal progress and development. On the contrary, the call for gender equity is a call to those who support fair and equitable treatment for all.

Why is IWD’s call for gender equity/innovation for change important? Men and boys enjoy greater opportunities for success in the workplace, benefit from the gender gap in the field of innovation and creativity,  stand a greater chance to be educated in poor countries, and rise up the leadership ladder faster than their female colleagues. Competent and qualified women are often overlooked for key positions/promotions, directed to less career advancing positions,  and face the glass ceiling far more frequently than their male colleagues.  While we have made some progress in the workforce, there is room for more. We cannot continue to fall back on the few women at the top as examples of our collective progress and achievement. Yes, the are to be admired but, there ought to be room for more women in the C-Suite.

READ: Motivation Mondays: International Women’s Day #IWD2016
International Women’s Day: Join #Kiva.org/Dreams & #WomensLives
Across Women’s Lives: Major Issues Facing Females Globally
Motivation Mondays: Women’s Equality Day #Quotes
Women of Natural History: trailblazers
Women of Natural History
For More: Women’s Lives & Issues 

 

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for FEB – MAR 2019 are:

FEB

01/03   –  04 World Cancer Day, 05 Chinese New Year
01/10   –  10 Grammy Awards,   14 Valentine’s Day
01/17  –  18 Presidents Day, 14 Image Awards,
01/24   –  24 Academy Awards,

 

MAR

01/03   –  08 International Women’s Day
01/10   –  10 iHeart Awards, 14 Pi Day
01/17 –   17 St Patrick’s Day, 20 Start of Spring/International Day of Happiness
01/24   –  30 Earth Hour
01/31 –    31 Day of Visibility

 

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