Positive Memories Encourage Happiness

Tonight I was talking to a dear friend of the family.  She was remembering memories of both my mother and my father and sharing them with me.  Betty and my mother were best friends since girlhood.  In fact, in my mother, Bernice Becker’s book, FEEL GOOD STORIES, there are eight illustrations.  These were all done by her friend of a lifetime, Betty Hill. 

So when Betty told me stories tonight it really gave me pleasure.  Here is one of them: Betty and my mother always walked to school together.  Often when they would meet up in the morning, my mother would say to Betty, "Do you want to hear the dream I had last night?"  And of course, Betty always would say yes.  The dreams were wonderful and magical and Betty told me that she sometimes wondered if my mom embellished her dreams.  I don’t know.  But I do know that my mother would often ask the same question of me as I grew up.  And I always enjoyed her dreams.  They were full of life and drama and gave me not only entertainment as we ate breakfast, but a sense of trust that it was alright for me to share my dreams with others!

Thank you Betty Hill for reminding me of one of my own talents that was originally generated a long time ago when two girls walked to school together!

Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein, Positive Psychologist, www.enchantedself.com

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