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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.

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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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Try The World: A Taste Of INDIA


“I think (the trend for modern Indian cooking) it’s very good. We want Indian food to become popular! As long as the authenticity is still there, it’s very good for Indian cuisine.” Chef Hemant Mathur in GraevesIndia Interview

Try The World: A Taste Of INDIA

Try The World: A Taste Of INDIA

From the northern capital of New Delhi, with its bustling streets and markets, to the tropical beaches of the south, India is bursting with incredible diversity. Featuring exciting flavor combinations and aromatic spices, food in India brings families and friends together to celebrate long-held traditions. Try The World- India
India, officially the Republic of India (Bhārat Gaṇarājya),[e] is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populous country (with over 1.2 billion people), and the most populous democracy in the world. Wikipedia

Try The World: A Taste Of India: When I discovered that I would get to write a TTW- INDIA subscription box review on food from this magnificent nation, rich in both culture and cuisine, I was stoked.When I read that the venerable, Michelin-starred restaurateur entrepreneur,and chef extraordinaire, Chef Hemant Mathur, curated our selections for this box, I knew we would be in for a treat.  Chef Mathur is the energetic, dynamic ceo/chef of several Indian restaurants in New York. He was born in Jaipur and apprenticed in some of the finest restaurants before branching out on his own. He is known for creating recipes that combine classic and modern techniques to make exquisite, delectable dishes. He also boldly experiments with foods from the different regions and cultures in India. To try one of Chef Mathur’s dishes is to cross into the realm of  heavenly food; a place were fresh meets flavorful. Since I’ve raved so much, I will ease your hunger by inviting you to check out Tulsi next time you visit NY. In the meantime, enjoy a subscription of the India Box and you will be close to tasting stung dishes in Chef Matur’s kitchen.


I’ve always loved Indian food and grew up enjoying deliciously prepared foods from the different regions of the country. Despite what some people might think about Indian cooking, it is as diverse, flavorful and creative as the people. There are mild, spicy, complex, sweet, innovative and veggie/non veggies dishes to appease  every palate. They are experts at blending and using spices yet they also have simple dishes made from fresh fruits and vegetables. The point I’m trying to make is that if you visit India on a tasting tour, you will soon notice that the dishes can be quite distinct and not the expected garden variety we tend to see and enjoy in the West. findOver the years, I’ve sampled the Come back for the rest…


“The Power of Food is really Spiritual. It not only brings the whole family together on the same table, but also brings the whole world together.” Vikas Khanna

Try The World: A Taste Of INDIA

Try The World: A Taste Of INDIA

What’s Inside: From a tangy green chutney to a roasted chickpea snack and a hand-blended masala mix, we feature exciting flavor combinations and aromatic spices that are the foundation of every Indian meal. Try The World – India
I’m only focusing on three things in the restaurant for food: consistency, presentation and fresh[ness]. So Michelin is very serious about this. Chef Hemant Mathur
A great introduction to cultures is their cuisine. It not only reflects their evolution, but also their beliefs and traditions. Vikas Khanna


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 INDIA 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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Photo Challenge: Easy Being Green


“Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises.” Pedro Calderon de la Barca

Photo Challenge: Easy Being Green

Photo Challenge: Easy Being Green

All theory, dear friend, is gray, but the golden tree of life springs ever green. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity… and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself. William Blake

When you think of GREEN, what comes to mind? For me, nature pops up first because much of nature is green. Some people don’t like the color green. Perhaps because it is a fairly common color and familiarity can breed contempt. Yet green is a life force color that symbolizes fecundity, fertility, growth, youthfulness, life, money, health and, of course, the luck o’ the Irish. When I started doing some research on the color, I was delighted to find so much information on the positive power and beauty of the color-  Green –  Just as it creates harmony and a sense of  balance and clarity in nature, it passes the same to us by absorbing the carbon monoxide in the atmosphere and enriching us with oxygen. Come back for more on this topic. In the meantime, I invite you to embrace it in all its shades.




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Motivation Mondays: International Day of Happiness & Spring


“The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.” Henry Ward Beecher

Motivation Mondays: Celebrate International Day of Happiness & Spring

Motivation Mondays: Celebrate International Day of Happiness & Spring

International Day of Happiness 2017 – Small Smurfs Big Goals

Motivation Mondays: International Day of Happiness & Spring

Motivation Mondays: International Day of Happiness & Spring

Happiness doesn’t depend on any external conditions, it is governed by our mental attitude. Dale Carnegie
Happiness is a choice, not a result. Nothing will make you happy until you choose to be happy. No person will make you happy unless you decide to be happy. Your happiness will not come to you. It can only come from you. Ralph Marston
There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will. Epictetus
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

Happy 5th International Day Of Happiness and First Day of Spring! What a great way to celebrate the first day of spring by adding the day of happiness to the mix. We could all stand to be happy about something and, as the many quotes shared tell us, happiness is a choice. Get up and dust off the winter woes and reconnect to the fire inside. You have life so enjoy it while it lasts. Do you know how this day started? 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 support it.  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…”   Take a step 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)

READ: International Day of Happiness: 45 joyous things that will make you instantly happy
PLEDGE: Join the movement for a happier world


“Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems.” Rainer Maria Rilke

Motivation Mondays: Celebrate International Day of Happiness & Spring

Motivation Mondays: Celebrate International Day of Happiness & Spring

The spring wakes us, nurtures us and revitalizes us. How often does your spring come? If you are a prisoner of the calendar, it comes once a year. If you are creating authentic power, it comes frequently, or very frequently. Gary Zukav
I am going to try to pay attention to the spring. I am going to look around at all the flowers, and look up at the hectic trees. I am going to close my eyes and listen. Anne Lamott

Why an International Day of Happiness? If nothing else, it is a great reminder to be grateful for the joys in our lives and to remember to help the less fortunate. Just like we celebrate milestones, celebrating this day gives us another opportunity to make that choice to be HAPPY! Did you know that according to the science of happiness, there are 7 habits that happy people share: 1. They build close and meaningful relationships; 2. they perform and spread acts of kindness to others; 3.  they pay attention to their overall well-being by nurturing their bodies and mind through exercise, study, and good nutrition; 4. they find their focus and rhythm or what Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi calls “FLOW.“; 5. they build a deep and lasting inner contemplative, spiritual life; 6. they discover and develop their strengths and virtues; and 7. they maintain a positive outlook by operating from a spirit of gratitude, optimism and reflection/mindfulness.

Motivation Mondays: International Day of Happiness & Spring

Motivation Mondays: International Day of Happiness & Spring

World Happiness Report 2017 – “The World Happiness Report continues to draw global attention around the need to create sound policy for what matters most to people – their well-being. This report gives evidence that happiness is a result of creating strong social foundations. It’s time to build social trust and healthy lives, not guns or walls. Let’s hold our leaders to this fact” Jeffrey Sachs

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 7 habits  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 habits but if we make a commitment to honor our higher goals and make our inner and outer lives better, we can do it.
READ: SPRING: First Day Flowers



The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for January and February 2017 are:

02/6 –    Black History Month, 6, Lame Duck Day, 12, Lincoln’s Birthday
02/13 – 14, Valentine’s Day, 15, Constitution Day,
02/20 – 20, Presidents’ Day, Washington’s Birthday, 24, Carnival/Flag Day, 26, New Moon
02/27 – 27, Clean Monday, 28, Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday,


03/ – March is Women’s History Month, National Nutrition Month, American Red Cross Month, Irish-American Heritage Month, 03/01 – Ash Wednesday and Zero Discrimination Day, 03/03, World Wildlife Day
03/06 – 08, International Women’s Day 09, World Kidney Day
03/13 –  12, Purim starts and Daylight Savings Day, 13, Holi, 14, Pi Day, 17, Saint Patrick’s Day
03/20 – 20, International Day of Happiness/ First day of Spring, 21, World Poetry Day, 22, World Water Day 23 Puppy Day, 24, TB Day
03/27 – 27, Doctors Day


Are You Looking for Ways to Stay Creative in 2017?

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


— Join the BlogHer Writing Lab



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