A Joke a Day Keeps Unhappiness Away

With an apology for yet another glitch caused by technology sabotaging my work, I am happy to report to you, Beautiful People, that our May Lasting Joy club get-together was successful, inspirational, and a lot of fun. In addition to club members who were physically present, the number of remote access participants has been growing steadily, from month to month. Unfortunately, only the first few minutes were recorded, and here they are:

The homework assigned for this month was to practice achieving success by visualizing yourselves having achieved it already.  One of the club members shared her experience: she envisioned completed a Spanish language course during the summer semester, and felt inspired, enthusiastic, and joyful when she actually enrolled and started taking the course. She is determined to see it to a successful completion. You should’ve seen her eyes shine when she was telling us about it.  Don’t be shy to give a high five! And if no one is around, give yourself a high five!

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Did you know that in the 1950’s people laughed on average 20 minutes a day? Today we laugh about 3 – 6 minutes a day, diminishing our chances to enjoyment of life and to success. “This is so sad,” remarked one of the members present. So get those endorphins going: “If you are not happy inwardly, at least do something outwardly (power smile, power pose, power laugh, power song, power dance),” recommended Rabbi Dov-Ber of Lubavitch to a father who had lost his son. Physically connect with others, if you can. Research has indicated that physical contact during moments of joy almost doubles the joyous feeling – and it could be a cat or a dog, if there is no human available, and it could be a simple joke you are laughing at! So laugh more, laugh often, and share your joy with others.

The following videos are from last year’s get-together, making Fruit Rainbows.  

Notice all the adorable kiddies that come with their mommies every time and eagerly participate – they learn to strive for happiness from early age!

Happiness in the world depends on each one of us: you, and you, and you!

Your homework for next month is to practice strengthening your sixth sense – your sense of humor! – by making up or finding at least one joke a day. Put a check mark on your calendar each time you laugh at a joke!

Feel free to communicate with me in comments, by e-mail drdolly_lastingjoy@yahoo.com, or by Skype drdolly613.

Remember: happiness is a choice; choose to be happy today!


Explore Yourself

Isn’t it fortunate that we did our “August in September” get-together, since September is a Self-care Awareness month! As all 28 of you, Beautiful People, who joined us by remote access, have experienced, this is exactly what we did; we engaged in self-exploration.

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It isn’t always easy to talk about ourselves, so to make it easier, we had a “cheat sheet” called Just Be You.

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Watch the video to follow our explorations. Hopefully, it will inspire and motivate you to engage in your own self-awareness discovery process.

It is a rather long video, not broken into segments, as I usually do, so you might want to take a break or two and read a beautiful post by a great blogger Kamal.


Due to Sukkoth holiday, we’ll have our next get-together in the beginning of October. Stay tuned for further announcements and don’t forget to do your homework: use the chart above to become aware of these qualities that you already possess and actively seek a joyful state by using them to benefit others.

You can always reach me at drdolly_lastingjoy@yahoo.com

and by Skype at drdolly613.

Recipe for Deconstructed Honey Cake is found here.

Have a sweet, healthy, and happy year!

Remember: happiness is a choice – choose to be happy today!

The Best of Times

Far from quoting Charles Dickens, Beautiful People, I am declaring, together with the Tony Award winning cast of La Cage Aux Folles, that “the best of times is now!”

To experience the best of times and practice to bring them into your “now,” join us tomorrow night at our August-in-September Lasting Joy Club get-together.

  • Where: Chabad of South Beach, 320 Meridian Ave, Miami Beach, Fl 33139.
  • When: 7:30 PM
  • Remote access information:

Please join our meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.


You can also dial in using your phone.

United States: +1 (669) 224-3319

Access Code: 942-109-381

More phone numbers:

  • Australia: +61 2 9091 7603
  • Austria: +43 1 2060 92964
  • Belgium: +32 28 93 7002
  • Canada: +1 (647) 497-9373
  • Denmark: +45 32 72 03 69
  • Finland: +358 923 17 0556
  • France: +33 170 950 590
  • Germany: +49 692 5736 7300
  • Ireland: +353 15 360 756
  • Italy: +39 0 230 57 81 80
  • Netherlands: +31 207 941 375
  • New Zealand: +64 9 282 9510
  • Norway: +47 21 93 37 37
  • Spain: +34 932 75 1230
  • Sweden: +46 853 527 818
  • Switzerland: +41 225 4599 60
  • United Kingdom: +44 20 3713 5011

First GoToMeeting? Let’s do a quick system check:    https://link.gotomeeting.com/system-check

If you want to create a delicious Deconstructed Honey Cake in a wine glass together with us, you will need:

  • 1 slice of pound cake or any not overly moist cake
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1/2 cup of any fruit and berries of your choice, diced
  • 1 tablespoon of whipped cream ( we will use non-dairy)
  • 1 apple wedge
  • Optional crushed walnuts

Remember your homework, Beautiful People: recall times when you were joyful and allow those feelings of “Inner Joy” to flow from your head to your toes.


Take it from a certified Potter-head: when we do things together, magic happens!

Reach out to me at drdolly_lastingjoy@yahoo.com and by Skype at drdolly613.

See you tomorrow, and don’t forget that

happiness is a choice – choose to be happy today!

A Piece of Cake – Book Review

I don’t usually do book reviews, Beautiful People, but it is my honor and pleasure to talk to you about this book called 365 Days of Happiness by Jacqueline Pirtle that was send to me with a request to review.  Under the title, there is a tag line Because happiness is a piece of cake. Is it? You’ll have to start reading it to find out. A very pretty light blue cover with a yummy cupcake garnished by red hearts attracts the reader’s attention, reinforced by a very cute bookmark – a miniature silver cupcake on a blue ribbon. Happiness promises to taste deliciously sweet!

The book is “A step-by-step guide to being happy.” It contains 365 inspirational messages and practical exercises designed to engender a joyful state of mind – one for every day of the year. Essential ingredients of the delightful cake of happiness, such as love, kindness, and gratitude, are promoted through brief, succint daily messages, to wit:

  • I love my new day.
  • Kindness opens hearts!
  • Be blissfully yourself!
  • Notice and feel all of the magic in the air, sounds, and colors!
  • This is your day! BE and live it in a “high for life” frequency”!

Each day’s message ends with an energetic affirmation “This IS happiness!”

Jacqueline Pirtle’s book is your personal happiness coach and cheering section for every day of your life. It is available on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/365-Days-Happiness-Because-happiness/dp/1732085102.


We Can Fly!

Caling all supermen, superwomen, and generally, all super-people! I got news for you: I believe you can fly.
First Love YourselfAt our July get-together, we have practiced learning to F.L.Y.  This is what you do:

Breathe slowly and deeply. Repeat:
 I unconditionally love myself, even though I am not perfect.
 I love myself, even though I have faults and limitations.
 I love myself, even though I make mistakes and errors.
 I love myself, even though I feel envious.
 I love myself, even though I lose my temper.
 I love myself, even though I overeat.
 I love myself, even though I don’t utilize my time in the best and wisest ways.

 (Zelig Pliskin, Life Is Now)

We had 22 Beautiful People joining us by remote access – wow! Thank you for staying up due to time difference and participating! If you were unable to attend in real time, here are the videos:

As always, we have also created scrumptious desserts – individual no-bake Mojito Verrines in wine glasses. You can watch them being made in the next video. Full recipe is posted here.

Your homework for next month is to recall times when you were joyful. Allow those feelings of “Inner Joy” to flow from your head to your toes. Let my dear friend Alex Fox help you!

You can always talk to me privately via e-mail drdolly_lastingjoy@yahoo.com or by Skype drdolly613. Your comments are also greatly appreciated!

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Remember: Happiness is a choice – choose to be happy today!



Magic Happened Again!

We love magic, and it keeps happening right here, at the Lasting Joy Club! It had happened to us here, and it has just happened again! At our last get-together, one of our club members shared a difficult situation. She needed help with it, and we jumped right in and brainstormed together. You can follow this discussion here.
What are friends for? To lend a hand, or a brain, if needed, and make magic happen. Here is Miriam with her service dog, now perfectly legitimate and allowed to reside in her building.
Here is your remote access information for tomorrow night, Beautiful People:
Please join our meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
Tuesday, July 31, 7:00 PM EST

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (872) 240-3212
More phone numbers
Australia: +61 2 9087 3604
Austria: +43 7 2081 5427
Belgium: +32 28 93 7018
Canada: +1 (647) 497-9391
Denmark: +45 32 72 03 82
Finland: +358 923 17 0568
France: +33 170 950 594
Germany: +49 691 7489 928
Ireland: +353 15 360 728
Italy: +39 0 247 92 13 01
Netherlands: +31 207 941 377
New Zealand: +64 9 280 6302
Norway: +47 21 93 37 51
Spain: +34 932 75 2004
Sweden: +46 853 527 827
Switzerland: +41 225 4599 78
United Kingdom: +44 20 3713 5028

Whether you join us by computer or dial in by phone, it is completely free of charge.

Access Code: 124-817-581

First GoToMeeting? Let’s do a quick system check: https://link.gotomeeting.com/system-check

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Join us, and let’s make more magic – let’s all grow together! Remember:
you deserve happiness
Please talk to me by e-mail drdolly_lastingjoy@yahoo.com or by Skype Drdolly613.

Do You Love You?

Here is an incredible concept for you, Beautiful People: “When people have unconditional love for their own essence, they will be kind, and generous, and compassionate” (Rabbi Zelig Pliskin in “Life Is Now”).
But I am not perfect, and neither are you, and neither is anyone else, and it’s OK, because…
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if you love yourself, even though you are not perfect, then you will love other “non-perfects” the way they are.

Tomorrow, at our July Lasting Joy Club get-together, we will practice a step-by-step technique designed to help us grow into self-love.
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Your homework was to think of something you can do for self-improvement and picture yourself actually doing it. We are excited to share these experiences!
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As always, we will also be making an exciting dessert, a No-bake Mojito Cake Verrine.
If you are joining us by remote access,you will need:
– Graham crackers or any bisquits
– Real or non-dairy cream cheese
– Real or non-dairy sour cream or youghurt
– Sugar or substitute
– Real or non-dairy whipped cream
– A nice bunch of fresh mint
– Limes
Remote access information is coming up in a separate e-mail. Meanwhile, Beautiful People,
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Do get in touch by e-mail drdolly_lastingjoy@yahoo.com or by Skype drdolly613.
See you tomorrow, and remember:
Happiness is a choice; choose to be happy today!