Health, Happiness and Whitney

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Health Happiness and Whitney Houston

By: Carol Giambri

Does happiness and health, wellness and eating healthy come from a pill, food, drug or an inspirational teaching.  Where's Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson and Elvis today?  

A voice left behind…

Don't judge…

I can't judge anyones choices nor their journey. However, I wonder why those who are blessed with great voices have left this world early. All left behind a legacy of music and wealth.  For Whitney it doesn't replace her short lived absence and impact to this world. I can hear people screaming this word below…

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"Hanging" on to Love

So where does health and happiness from… 

  1. Prescription drugs in packages
  2. Alcohol in the bottle which some call a drug.
  3. Food that contains ingredients like death sentences to our body — msg relevant.

Can we buy happiness and health?

If we have the money, we can get a prescription, drug or food.  Sometimes it is freely given to us by others. Can't we look to "safer" grounds? I believe we can raise out own "Happiness Bar" a notch or two higher by finding true happiness inside.  I believe in the natural way without any funky adjustments.

"I know well that happiness is in little things. The source of happiness is within us. I wish you all the joy of being happy!"

"I'm fulfilled in what I do… I never thought that a lot of money or fine clothes – the finer things of life – would make you happy. My concept of happiness is to be filled in a spiritual sense."
    ~.~ Coretta Scott King

Where does our help come from?

  • Inspirational books, quotes or speakers
  • Singing voices
  • Church preachers that motivate

Are you turning off the TV…

For TV lovers maybe it's time to get motivated by some great books, teachers or preachers.  I always aim to be inspired so even online I watch speakers or preachers that lift me up higher.  Pastor Chris Hill has a program called The Higher Level.  He calls 2012 the Year of Promotion.  Now let me introduce you to the wonderful voice and message of Chris Hill found at; online broadcasts too. I love it there!

Reflecting and Acting

There are many ways to look for happiness and sometimes in the wrong places. Some join gangs, others read, some get addicted to tv and sports.  Can happiness really be found this way?  I believe it's time to reflect on our happiness channel and see how we are watering and feeding our internal body and mind to find true happiness. Happiness comes from inside–not from people, but our internal choices to find peace within.  

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Carol Giambri is a gardening expert, a health nut, photography addict and frugal shopping supporter of recycled buying.   She hunts for rare and unique shapes of fruits and veggies.  From worm composting, which is a new desire, to homemade cleaning products, eating edible weeds, coaching programs, speaking, copy writing content for blogs, green/recycle talk, dogs and helping her hubby, she loves encouraging people.  Carol plans to write several books on healthy living and gardening.

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{ 43 comments… read them below or add one }

Patricia Ogilvie February 22, 2012 at 9:11 am

For sure, to each his own!  I'm starting to believe more and more that since God is within and if that's the case, God wants the experience as much as the individual!  Hmmm, interesting points and great job!

Matthew Reed February 22, 2012 at 9:45 am

Like your suggestion about turning off the TV.  Maybe a good Lenten 'fast'

Joyce Martin February 22, 2012 at 12:02 pm

It seems that people who turn to drugs or alcohol are seeking after the wrong things. I agree that we find happiness from within and not from seeking 'things' to make us happy.

shelley February 22, 2012 at 12:09 pm

great piece, and sooo true… nothing is overcome with a magic pill, a drink, or any kind of food… lots of time and understanding and from within…

Mari-Lyn February 22, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Whitney was here for the time she was meant to be..a gift a treasure, just like all of us. We all have the keys to our own happiness.

Carele Belanger February 22, 2012 at 12:46 pm

everything start with us and nothing can replace who we truly are. We are unique and magic. I say to people to ask for help but…..i would say to other people: keep your eyes and hears open because some people out there are asking for help.
Thank you for your great article.

denny hagel February 22, 2012 at 5:12 pm

There is much to be learned from the choices of others…sometimes that is the only positive we can find in these tragedies. Thanks for a wonderfully thoughtful article!

Lori February 22, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Great article Carol! Everything you said is so true!

Anita February 22, 2012 at 5:43 pm

There is something to be learned from every failure and tragedy. We do have to be open to receive it though. Great post. I will share it!

Mandy Edwards February 22, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Good post and so true.  I still can't see how people find happiness in a drink or a pill.  Happiness comes from your friends and family, not to mention your faith.  I wish everyone knew that :)

Helena February 22, 2012 at 10:02 pm

Great post Carol, and a great reminder that happiness comes from within. It is our choice whether we are happy or not, and no amount of pills, or drugs, or money or anything will change that.

Kim Hawkins February 22, 2012 at 11:15 pm

I find happiness in relationships; a relationship with a Loving God; a relationship with two parents that I'm blessed to still have with me; a relationship with my spouse of almost five years; a relationship with numerous family members. You can't buy love like that! So blessed!

AJ Perisho February 23, 2012 at 7:09 am

Thanks for making me think Carol :-)
People seem to believe that life has to be this part 24/7. That's not real life.
I have been working towards appreciating smaller things, making due with less, and becoming more thrifty.
We have become a throw away society and I want to move away from that mentality and get more use from the things I have.
Thanks for sharing :-)

Carol Giambri February 23, 2012 at 9:20 am

Thanks Shelley for sharing your comments.  I sometimes wish there were magic pills out there myself but not found one to be the case.   Hugs back to ya, Carol

Carol Giambri February 23, 2012 at 9:21 am

Denny, My pleasure to share my views with you.  Thanks for your comments.

Carol Giambri February 23, 2012 at 9:22 am

Thanks for your comments. I hope only to speak truth but at least my viewpoint for sure taking ownership of my words.

Carol Giambri February 23, 2012 at 9:23 am

Mandy, totally agree with you where our happiness comes from.  Faith is a big part of my life too.   

Carol Giambri February 23, 2012 at 9:24 am

Glad you enjoyed the post and sharing with others.  I appreciate that.

Norma Doiron @Learning to LIVE Healthy, Wealthy & Wise February 23, 2012 at 10:58 am

Whitney's passing is such a sad story.  The girl seemed to have it all but she was missing the one thing:  that she was worth way more than the road she chose, that led to her destruction.  I'm not judging for we all have our battles.  Hers were just awfully painful to watch as the media villainized her.  It makes my heart sad… I loved Whitney and she will be missed by many for the gift she was to so many. x0x
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Lisa Birnesser February 23, 2012 at 4:05 pm

Happiness is definitely an inside job. We all have a choice how we cope. Asking for help makes such a difference. Thanks, Carol!

Mona February 23, 2012 at 11:50 pm

This post just sent me right into reflection.

Liz February 24, 2012 at 6:41 am

Great Article!!! Joy is doing what you love and loving what you do!  Learning to cope with stress and depression has been a huge task for me for me this year! This was dead on !!!!

Jennifer Bennett February 24, 2012 at 8:47 am

Oh how important it is to truly care for our bodies…I'm realizing this more and more each day. This is a great article Carol!  Thanks for bringing it out in the open.  Many blessings to you! 

Carol Giambri February 27, 2012 at 12:51 am

Love how you put it! Happiness is an inside job.  Absolutely ….100% true….Thanks so much for sharing.

Carol Giambri February 27, 2012 at 12:53 am

Thanks for sharing and I pray that stress and depression that hits people is lifted off of you replaced with enormous joy.  It's tough sometimes dealing with the battles thrown to us but we have to fight to get over the mountain top. You can do it! I'm here for ya.

Carol Giambri February 27, 2012 at 12:55 am

If we don't care of our bodies who will.  Sometimes I wish I had company to workout with but I accept the fact it is just me.  However I go to the gym doing some Zumba classes so I do have company only when the class is happening.  So all I can do is be the best caretaker of "my" body.  Sure wish you were here to move our bodies together.  Thanks for sharing.

Carol Giambri March 5, 2012 at 10:32 pm

Mona, hope a great reflection.

Carol Giambri March 5, 2012 at 10:34 pm

Norma, Truly a sad story. A great beauty Whitney was and now her legacy is left to us with her great music.

Carol Giambri March 5, 2012 at 10:36 pm

Way to go. Forget the glamour and be real. Appreciate being frugal and yet being blessed at what we can buy being this way. Congratulations. Health can be lost fast to fame, fortune and drugs. A great voice that could have impacted more alive, but not dead with the voice that lives on.

Carol Giambri March 5, 2012 at 10:37 pm

Kim, I agree about HIM and the love HE has brought me through good and bad seasons. We can’t buy love or happiness but HE is free when you say yes. Thanks sis. We are just that now.

Carol Giambri March 5, 2012 at 10:38 pm

Thanks Helena for sharing. For sure “happiness is an inward” feeling and outwardly it can be a cover up or a mask that we believe when we see a happy smile outside. Are they really happy or another Whitney–hope never a Whitney demise however.

Carol Giambri April 9, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Thanks Mona for reflecting.

Carol Giambri April 9, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Joy surely wins over the stress and depression. Glad it wad dead on.

Carol Giambri April 9, 2012 at 4:10 pm

So true we have to care for our bodies. Some take it for advantage and it mostly catches up to them. Thanks for your comments Jennifer.

Carol Giambri April 9, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Love how you call happiness an inside job. You are totally smack right on. Asking for help and more help till you accomplish the “task” is not begging but saying “I need help.” Sad how Whitney lost the game so early.

Carol Giambri April 9, 2012 at 4:14 pm

I agree sad story for Whitney’s early transition. Yes, missed by all, but not forgotten with her legacy. x0x

Carol Giambri April 9, 2012 at 4:17 pm

Glad you enjoyed the article. Yes, we are unique and magic, but still sad that one has to quit on their magical self looking for alternatives that can take then down “under.” Yikes.

Carol Giambri April 9, 2012 at 4:18 pm

True, no magic pill, drink of food can replace what we need to get from ourselves. People can’t do it for us. Thanks. x0x0

Carol Giambri April 9, 2012 at 4:19 pm

I think people don’t always know how to find true happiness but through drugs or alcohol. Happiness comes from inward to outward expressions. Thanks for sharing.

Carol Giambri April 9, 2012 at 4:19 pm

Wondering about your Lenten fast? Thanks for sharing.

Carol Giambri April 9, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Yup God is within us. We all have to find our path but I don’t believe drugs or alcohol is the way or the truth.

Carol Giambri April 9, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Love what you wrote. Surely we do have the keys to our own happiness. We just have to believe and recognize that too.

Carol Giambri April 9, 2012 at 4:24 pm

For sure so much to reflect on after her death. All we can do I believe is learn from Whitney what went wrong and aim for ourselves to do right.

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