Don't Leave Home Without It

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty 0575737

Fun with dogIn reading several other blogs that touched on the topic of happiness and how to achieve it, I thought I would provide one key element that I have learned from children looking at houses for sale.

Your typical set of parents in previewing houses are looking at the floorplan, the condition of the house, the kitchen, the closets, how big the master bedroom is, the backyard, the neighborhood, the asking price, is the cooktop gas or electric? Pretty important (boring) stuff, right? Not so for little kids.

They are checking out what kind of toys the other kids have, the color of the paint in what will be their new room, how big the new room is, the trampoline in the backyard, the park across the street with the swings and playset. This has reminded me of another element key to happiness.

Little children get it. Adults, being the mature selves that they are, and far removed from childhood, have dulled senses in this area. Being happy does not have to be this difficult. While I believe happiness is an inside job, and not defined by other people or external material "things", one way to create good feelings "inside" is, drum roll please,

                              TO HAVE FUN

Whether that be playing with your dog, playing with your children or others' children, play an individual or team sport, attending a sporting event, doing your hobby, volunteering, boating, taking a vacation, going to a comedy club, visiting faraway family, dining with a special friend, or how about just acting silly once in awhile?

You know you are having fun when you just feel terrific inside. If I had to give you a test if you have had fun today or this past week, ask yourself, what did you do to "play" this week? Not work but play. We all have plenty of the former.

Add more fun to your life, and watch the amount of your happiness skyrocket. Life was meant to have plenty of fun in it!!

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Lorraine or Loretta Kratz
Crescent Moon Realty, Inc. & Land N Sea Auctions. - San Marcos, CA
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Gary:

So true, I am going to take today, and just enjoy all the wonderful things that I have planned, and if I don't get to all of them well like Scarlett O'Hara said there is always tomorrow.

Mar 22, 2008 04:46 AM #1
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Leesa Finley
RED Properties - Wake Forest, NC
RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate
I have a simple little requirement for my son every night.  It was originally meant to "open" his eyes to the happiness each day holds.  Well, it worked, but not just for him!  I ask him every night to tell me ONE thing that made him happy during the day - it can be ANYTHING!  Getting a brownie after dinner, (or before!), playing with his friends,  getting the perfect color on his skateboard that he is painting, that it did or didn't rain, etc.....What I noticed was about a week after we started doing this I was really starting to pay attention more to the little things that made ME happy during the day as well.  Nothing like children to open up your eyes and live life! 
Mar 22, 2008 04:51 AM #2
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Lori Kim Polk
Premiere Home Staging : Home Staging Services - Roseville, CA
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What a nice way thing to read this morning. Thank you for putting a smile on my face. This is part of the reason why I continue teach Kindergarten ;)))
Mar 22, 2008 05:23 AM #3
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Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
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Lorraine and Loretta: Go for it. It sounds like you completely understand about balance in your life!

Leesa: A tremendous technique you have given us for children and a check on ourselves. If you can't point to something you "enjoyed" during your day, maybe you need to give at least another hour tomorrow to fulfill that part of your life that is missing. A beautiful example!

Lori: Ah, being a kindergarten teacher. That must be a dream job. Now if I could only fit a third or fourth job into my schedule I would do that one too. How cool is helping the little ones with tying their shoes and fingerpainting? Of course, I'm probably showing my age. Nowadays they are probably booting up computers and sending email : )

Mar 22, 2008 05:31 AM #4
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Mary Strang
Viroqua, WI
Well Said!  Other kids toys seem to always be more fun. Kids know how to make a bee-line for the toys in any of the family homes I shown and try to have as much fun as possible before the parents start yelling... don't touch, put that back!  We all need to lighten up a bit.
Mar 22, 2008 06:00 AM #5
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Gary Woltal
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Mary: I think you have been touring around with the same families as me : )
Mar 22, 2008 06:27 AM #6
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Rich Dansereau
Positive Real Estate Professionals - Knoxville, TN

What a wonderful post. It is so important that we never fully lose the "kid inside of us." We get so weighed down with the minutia of the world that we sometimes forget that work is a means to an end and not the end itself. I vote that fun and happiness are the end goal.

BTW, I love Leesa's "...simple little requirement..." 

Mar 22, 2008 09:00 AM #7
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Patricia Beck
RE/MAX Properties, Inc., GRI, CDPE - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Realty
It's so easy to work and forget about fun in this business!  Kids really do make it simple and they definitely know how to have fun.  Great picture Gary!
Mar 22, 2008 10:42 AM #8
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Debbie DiFonzo
Debbie DiFonzo - United Country VIP Realty, SW Missouri - Lebanon, MO
Lebanon MO and Buffalo Missouri Real Estate
Wonderful reminder Gary! It's amazing how observant a child can be and how what may seem "little" to them really has an impact on the big picture. Picking out a bedroom can be so much fun and make such a lasting impression on a child.
Mar 22, 2008 11:02 AM #9
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Gary J. Rocks
Juba Team Realty - Jefferson Township, NJ

Gary

I am a sap for dogs and when I preview homes I usually bring tons of dog biscuits with me to feed the dogs. If the home has a fenced in area, I'll let the dog out and play catch with the dog. Most owners never even know that i played with their pet.

Mar 22, 2008 11:33 AM #10
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Karen Gentry>>Charlottesville, Virginia Real Estate Professional
RE/MAX Excellence-Charlottesville VA - Charlottesville, VA
This reminded me of when my parents purchased a brand new house.  I was so excited because my bedroom was pink, even the carpet.  That was a great memory.  Thanks for a great post and have a wonderful Easter.
Mar 22, 2008 11:35 AM #11
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Missy Caulk
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Gary, I am so bad at having fun. Yea, I am a type A and what is fun to me is work. There I said it. Now come on over to Twitter, that is fun too. 
Mar 22, 2008 12:15 PM #12
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Gary Woltal
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Rich: Leesa's technique should be for adults too, I agree. A way to count your blessings.

Patricia: Always find time for fun. It makes life worth living.

Debbie: I know many kids remember size and color of their new rooms.

Gary: I have got to try that dog biscuit idea. I saw a dog out on a trampoline this week. Very wild.

Karen: I love the image of your flashback. We can relate to children if we remember we used to be one.

Missy: I am ordering you to have fun. Type A personality or not. You heard the line, no one ever was on their deathbed wishing they spent more time at the office. Balance Missy. Remember balance. Besides who wouldn't want more fun in their life. Get out there on Easter and make a snow man in Ann Arbor.

Mar 22, 2008 04:18 PM #13
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Carol Culkin
Reece & Nichols - Leawood, KS
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I played this weekend!  ....traveled to Ohio for the grandaughter's 1st birthday AND Easter. Top that!  :)
Mar 23, 2008 04:18 PM #14
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Carol: Great for you. It's nice to know you are practicing having fun.
Mar 24, 2008 12:57 AM #15
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Sasha Miletic - Windsor Real Estate
RE/MAX Preferred Realty Ltd. - Windsor, ON
Fun less life is compared to the life in Hell. So need to have a fun time in our daily busy schedule to keep us away from worries.
Mar 27, 2008 04:05 PM #16
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