Life for most people, especially those living in metropolitan areas, has become a frantic affair. So many things call for our attention. Work, play, school, family, friends, apps, social media, cell phones, smart phones, tablets, laptops, desktops, televisions with 800 channels, radios (both satellite and broadcast), CDs, DVDs, magazines, newspapers, books, and on and on and on, are constant diversions.

When I was "growing up" there were no computers or cell phones, television meant watching four networks. Then..."UHF" came along and three more channels were added. One's telephone transmission was apt to be over a "party line." Meaning, your family shared the line with another family and if you picked up your receiver you could hear the conversation of the people who shared your line. Sometimes, you'd have to interrupt them to ask if they were almost finished speaking so that you could make a call. Progress was achieved when you could afford to have a private line. Then REAL advancement came when "party lines" ceased to be.

Newspapers ruled. They were packed with stories and the Sunday edition weighed "a ton." For "paperboys" like me, it was the hardest day. Music came over your favorite radio station or on your turntable (we called them record players or victrolas), via records that were either 45 RPMs, 33 1/3 RPMs, or 78 RPMs. RPM stands for revolutions per minute.

Families ate dinner together. Food wasn't processed as it is today, there were no GMOs, and...the days events were actually discussed at the dinner table!

ADHD, as we know it, wasn't around back then. Perhaps it was because there were relatively so few things diverting our attention. Folks who did numerous things, seemingly at the same time, weren't thought of as multitaskers, they could just do lots of things "at once." 

So how did we become societies filled with ADHDers? Easy, we created a "world" that has countless things vying for our attention. We drift from one thing to the next, often without finishing the first, because...we are "pulled away" by something new, "more important" more attractive, more interesting, or more entertaining. The choices we have today dwarf those of 40, 30, even 20 years ago. In fact. it's hard NOT to be diverted! Yet...leave it to the pharmaceutical industry to develop drugs to control ADHD and other related "ailments."  

I have an easier solution. Slow down, don't look at your electronic devises on a constant basis, clear your mind, speak with your friends and family, relax more, stress less, and have fun. It'll save you from having to buy more things you think you "need" that you really don't, may even cut down on your prescriptions too!
Run without pants and you'll soon realize how much calmer and healthier you'll be. It's more than you think!
My take on authenticity and mental trash within the context of trust, love, and compassion.
We live in a world filled with sensory delights, and yet...we keep insisting on desensitizing ourselves. We have become plugged into things that unplug us from the reality around us. In this video I discuss our situation and what we can do about it. Hopefully - you'll watch it and not just look at it, listen to it and not just hear it, and'll pick up a few intriguing thoughts as well.
Here are 7 ways to make your life happier. can start doing them immediately.

1. Let go of the past.
It has already let go of you, although you may not realize it. There's no way to change what's happened, so let go of it like a feather in the wind. If you do will float away harmlessly and free you from its shackles.

2. Don't take yourself too seriously.
There's more to life than the next deal, the perfect look, or being the one who must keep a certain decorum to appear professional. What does that mean anyway? You'll find that people will relate better to you when you are less serious. will make you feel less encumbered.

3. Stop thinking that you have to be right (or always are).
Listening to others with an open mind will help you grow and learn...and will enable you to lessen the anguish of needing to be correct (even if you're not). It's much easier to be relaxed (and happy) when you're not constantly fighting in order to prove your point.

4. Love yourself.
You're all you've got. So...why not love the person that you are. That doesn't mean that you shouldn't grow and strive for new and exciting things. However, there's a certain happiness you get from knowing that you're ok. Love starts within and works its way out. When people see that you're happy with yourself and love who you are, you'll find that you'll feel better and...attract happier people as well!

5. Take a step in a new direction.
People get stuck. It happens all the time. Routines become - well...routine. When you are caught in doing the same things over and over again, it often leads to stagnation, a lack of motivation, and sometimes depression.
There's plenty to do that's new. Change the place where you go to lunch (or even the lunch itself), go to a concert, read something you normally wouldn't, or...even change your job (or at least the tasks within it). Do new. It's bound to expand your boundaries and...make you happier!

6. Play with friends.
Yea...that's what I said. Get your friends together and play! You can do that by going out to eat, sitting and watching a TV show in your living room (just make sure you create lots of interaction), having a pick-up game, or a cookout. But - play! You can bet that they'll be lots of smiling, happiness and good feelings.

7. Laugh.
Laughter is one of those things that makes your entire being feel great. And...there's plenty to laugh at. First, there's yourself. As I like to say, "Those who can't laugh at themselves will never know true happiness." A good belly laugh is one of life's "ups." already know that. Now, you just have to do it with regularity! If you think about some of the absurdities of life (including those things that you've allowed to block your happiness) you will never run out of things to laugh about!