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During this time of year as we focus on being thankful, Tidbits urges readers to take a few moments to improve their emotional wellbeing and happiness by thinking positive! • What makes us happy? Psychologists suggest that each person has a happiness “set point,” which is a personal tendency to be very happy, somewhat happy, or not at all happy. About 50% of the explanation for a person’s set point is determined by genetic make-up, which helps to explain why some folks just seem to be naturally happier than others! It also helps explain why long-term levels of happiness appear to be resistant to many significant life events, both good and bad. Lottery winners initially feel “overjoyed” and people who have experienced a negative life event, such as a job loss or death of a loved one, feel “sorrowful,” But most of these individuals eventually settle back to their set point. Research confirms that personal circumstances, such as level of wealth and where we live, account for a measly 10% of happiness. • Are happier people more successful in their personal and professional lives? It appears so partly because happy individuals’ positive moods motivate them to work enthusiastically toward their goals.

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THINK POSITIVE! (continued): Replacing negative thoughts with positive ones allows you to focus on all that is good in life. Keeping a journal listing three things that went well each day produces satisfaction and contentment as well. • Having an “attitude of gratitude” is one of the best ways to possess emotional well-being. Counting your blessings causes you to consider all that is valuable in your life. Gratitude during the bad times actually helps you cope with and adjust to adversity, helping you bounce back to that happiness set point. Taking stock of all you have and recalling contributions others have made for you cause you to be more likely to help others and be less materialistic and envious of others, as well as alleviating bitterness. • You are what you eat! Did you know that a diet low in fiber has been linked to depression? Likewise, a Vitamin B-12 deficiency can produce irritability and depression. Residents of countries who eat the most fish possess the lowest rates of depression. A wide variety of whole foods provides brain-enhancing nutrients, causing your mind to be sharper and more energized. Too much sugar can contribute to shrinkage in the areas of the brain involved in regulating your moods. • Letting go of offenses, anger, and resentment is a sure-fire way to be happier and healthier. Brooding and obsessing over wrongs done to you and refusing to forgive takes its toll on your happiness levels as well as your physical health. • Don’t worry, be happy! Worriers experience muscle tension, agitation, irritability, sleep problems, difficulty with concentration, and an inability to relax. They spend much of their time trying to predict the future, and worrying about all that could go wrong. Much of the problem involves trying to solve issues that are not solvable.


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In 1840, King Louis Philippe I arranged for Napoleon’s remains to be returned to France and at long last, Napoleon entered Paris through the Arc de Triomphe. • The Arch sits at the center of 12 main avenues which radiate outward. It reaches 162 feet (49.5 meters) to the sky and is 72 feet (22 meters) deep. Its base features four groups of elaborate sculptures, the most famous of which is “La Marseillaise,” featuring the woman Marianne, the national emblem of France representative of Liberty and Reason. Six other reliefs are sculpted on the facades of the Arch depicting important battles of the


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ARC DE TRIOMPHE (continued): French Revolution and Napoleonic era. On the inside of the Arch, a list of French victories is engraved, as well as the names of the military leaders of those battles. The names that are underlined represent those who were killed in action. Still more sculptures representing characters of Roman mythology decorate the Arch. • Beneath the vault of the Arch lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, interred there on Armistice Day (November 11) of 1920, to commemorate the signing of the armistice between France and Germany in 1918. Prior to the interment, the Arch was the site of troops parading after military victories, as well as the annual Bastille Day military parade. However, as a sign of respect, parade traffic now marches to the Arch, but then turns to go around its side. A ceremony is held there every November 11. • The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier contains an eternal flame that burns in memory of all the unidentified dead. When President John F. Kennedy and wife Jacqueline visited Paris in 1961, they paid their respects at the Tomb. After JFK’s assassination two years later, Mrs. Kennedy recalled the eternal flame and asked that one be placed at her husband’s grave at Arlington National Cemetery. • Following 1919’s victory parade celebrating the end of World War I, French aviator Charles Godefroy flew his biplane through the Arch, a feat captured on a newsreel. • If you want to reach the top, you can either climb 284 steps, or ride an elevator to the mid-point and climb 64 steps. • Paris’ Arc de Triomphe held the honor of largest triumphal arch in existence from 1836 until 1982. It was displaced by the Arch of Triumph built in Pyongyang in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

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“Stitch your stress away” seems like sound advice. How much do you know about the machine that allows you the privilege? Read along and see! • Although the word “Singer” is synonymous with sewing machine, Singer’s machine was far from the first one on the market. European inventors were devising mechanical sewing machines as early as the mid-1700s, with most designed for making shoes. In the United States, Elias Howe, Jr. patented his first sewing machine in 1846, one with a lockstitch mechanism, capable of sewing 250 stitches per minute. His invention moved the world toward mass production of clothing, lowering the cost of clothes and making it more readily available.


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