Happy steps

Most of New York magazine’s “50 Steps to Simple Happiness” focuses on mini-workouts and other activities you can do around the Big Apple (a 3 a.m. soak doesn’t sound bad), but some items work everywhere. Here are a few of my favorites, all of which I want to try or try more:

4. “Leave your mouth in that slightly upturned position it takes after saying ‘Cheez Whiz.’ It’s a relaxed, confident look that will convince other people you know what you’re doing.” –Debra Benton, Executive Coach

19. “Give the people pushing in the subway or rushing in the streets the benefit of the doubt by imagining that it is really important for them to get where they are going.” –Rabbi Irwin Kula, President, National Jewish Center for Learning And Leadership

23. “When you’re in an elevator, put down the BlackBerry and engage in small talk. There is simply no social-networking site that can replace that connection.” –Faye Rogaski, Professor of Communications, NYU

43. “Consider using a bright light box at breakfast; it’s a springtime light boost that can last through evening.” –Dr. Michael Terman, Director of the Center for Light Treatment and Biological Rhythms, Columbia University Medical Center

Via The Morning News, I think, and Sinatra’s Songs for Swingin’ Lovers, more definitely, as I catch up (halfway) on laundry, dishes and digital at 2 in the morning. You need to buy Songs if you don’t have a copy. The album is a bright light box all its own. Posting lyrics in a blog, you know, when everything is Google flow, may not be new, but I like it…

I like New York in June, how about you?
I like a Gershwin tune, how about you?
I love a fireside when a storm is due
I like potato chips, moonlight, motor trips, how about you?

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