It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Monday, January 22, 2018

Chapter 1, Page 22, Book 18


New Year Day #22

The meaning of life is to find your gift.
The purpose is to give it away.

 Pablo Picasso

None of us handle God's gifts perfectly. We fumble and squander. They’re not just things we do with our time. Our gifts reflect who we are at our very core, and who the world needs us to be. When we deny that, we deny our true nature and cause ourselves a lot of pain.

Our gifts point us in the right direction, help us focus, and show us a clear path to joy. When we discover our gifts and learn how to use them, we no longer worry about who we are and why we’re here.


When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, I used everything you gave me.

Erma Bombeck

 Talents are like gifts that you received when you were born. They are to be found within yourself.

When we do what we’re good at, what we truly love to do, and we share it with the world, it helps other people find their way, too.

Your talent is God's gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.

Leo Buscaglia

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Chapter 1, Page 21, Book 18



New Year Day # 21

A traveler crossed a frozen stream
in trembling fear one day;
Later another drove across,
and whistled all the way.
Great and little faith alike
were granted safe convoy;
One had pangs of needless fear,
the other all the joy.

Author Unknown

Fear is an enemy of faith.The relationship between faith and fear is like a seesaw. When one is up, the other is down. So when we allow fear to rise, our faith will decline. But the opposite is true as well. The more faith we have, the less fear we’ll have.

Sometimes fear is necessary, but often times it is not. Don't let fear steal your joy.  


Said the robin to the sparrow,
‘I should really like to know,
Why these anxious human beings
Rush about and worry so.’
Said the sparrow to the robin,
‘Friend, I think that it must be,
That they have no heavenly Father
Such as cares for you and me.’

Author Unknown


I keep this little brown bird displayed where I can see it every day to remind me that like the sparrow I am in God’s care.  


Six Life Lessons from Birds

Be confident.

Birds learn to trust themselves before they take off in the sky. So have faith in your abilities and know that you will find a warm current to soar in.


 Let your colors shine.

Different birds have hundreds of different hues. Be bright and make sure you aren’t hiding what makes you one of a kind.


Show up early and often.

The legendary early bird gets the worm for a reason. So find something worth showing up for, and then show up every day.


Go with the seasons.

Birds thrive despite changes in their environment. Be fluid and go with the flow, trusting your ability to always find a branch to land on.


Flock together.

Birds seek strength and sustenance from one another. Keep friends and family close by as you navigate the days.


 Spread your wings.

Eventually, all birds must leave the safety of the nest and become what they are meant to be. Have no fear of falling, and start flapping.

It may be that we need to remember that we have more in common with them than we'd like to think.


The reason birds can fly and we can't is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings.

J.M. Barrie

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Chapter 1, Page 20, Book 18



New Year Day # 20

One day at a time - this is enough. Do not look back and grieve over the past, for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful that it will be worth remembering.

Ida Scott 

By focusing on life one day at a time, you’re free to enjoy what is right in front of you. You’re free to be happy. Life won’t pass you by when you’re consciously choosing to center our attention on the present moment.  

We often get so caught up in the future and consumed by the past that we can’t even see what’s right in front of us. Focus on the present moment and be happy for it, because this moment is your life.


When people go through something rough in life, they say, 'I'm taking it one day at a time.' Yes, so is everybody. Because that's how time works.  

Hannibal Buress

Truly living and loving this moment means letting go of all the expectations of what it should or could be. Do your best to focus on your present blessings and be thankful for it all.

Remember the richest person isn’t the one who has the most but the one who needs less.  Happiness is letting go and appreciating everything that is in your life now.

When we let go of the life we expected to have, we can accept the life that’s waiting for us. We can approach each of life’s moments with wonder and we can only do this one day at a time.


Just for today…
I’ll try to see the sunny side of any situation…
I’ll be an optimist

Just for today…
I’ll try to be a bright moment in someone’s life, with a word of kindness or a favor.

Just for today…
I’ll really appreciate all the good things and not dwell on the bad.
Just for today…

Author Unknown

Friday, January 19, 2018

Chapter 1, Page 19, Book 18


May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human, enough hope to make you happy. 

New Year Day # 19

The Way We Affect Others


We may not always realize
that everything we do,
affects not only our lives,
but touches others too.

A single happy smile
can always brighten up the day,
for anyone who happens
to be passing by your way.

And a little bit of thoughtfulness
that shows someone you care,
creates a ray of sunshine
for both of you to share.

Yes, every time you offer
someone a helping hand,
every time you show a friend
you understand.

Every time you have a kind
and gentle word to give,
you help someone to find beauty
in this precious life we live.

For happiness brings happiness
and loving ways bring love,
and giving is the treasure,
that contentment is made of.


Author Unknown


One of the biggest mistakes we make in life is forgetting how much our actions influence the people around us. Every day …  Everything we do and think affects the people in our lives, and their reactions in turn affect others. As the effect of a seemingly insignificant word passes from person to person, its impact grows and can become a source of great joy, inspiration, anxiety, or pain. 

Happiness is contagious.  Turns out, misery may not love company, but happiness does.  Research suggests that happiness is influenced not only by the people you know, but by the people they know.  We can catch happiness from friends and family members like an emotional virus.  Your happiness could influence the happiness of someone you've never even met.

Surrounding ourselves with happier people will make us happier, make the people close to us happier, and make the people close to them happier. 

 Smile and the world smiles with you!


A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results. 

Wade Boggs

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Chapter 1, Page 18, Book 18


New Year Day #18

10 Step Program For Happiness

Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctor worry about them. That is why you pay him/her.

Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.

Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. An idle mind is the devil's workshop, The devil's name is Depression.

Enjoy the simple things. When the children are young, that is all that you can afford. When they are in college, that is all that you can afford. When you are on retirement, that is all that you can afford.

 Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath. Laugh so much that you can be tracked in the store by your distinctive laughter.

The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be alive while you are alive.

Surround yourself with what you love, whether it is family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.

 Cherish your health. If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

Don't take guilt trips. Go to the mall, the next county, foreign country, but not to guilt country.

Tell the people you love, that you love them, at every opportunity. AND ALWAYS REMEMBER: Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

Today, may there be peace within you. May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be. I believe that friends are quiet angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly.


Author Unknown 


Step Programs are designed to help drive behavior change with a set of guiding principals outlining a course of action. I was a little surprised, but grateful to see that there is such a Program for Happiness.


You must take the first step. The first steps will take some effort, maybe pain. But after that, everything that has to be done is real-life movement. 

Ben Stein

Each step outlined above will help me as I endeavor to reach my goal but I think all of them are needed.  AA's Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions proclaims, The joy of living is the theme of the Twelfth Step, and action is the key word.  I’d say the same is true for the Happiness Program.    Happiness isn’t going to fall in our laps.  It will take some effort on our part as well.  We need to strengthen our happy muscle.  



Life is a series of steps. Things are done gradually. Once in a while there is a giant step, but most of the time we are taking small, seemingly insignificant steps on the stairway of life. 

Ralph Ransom

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Chapter 1, Page 17, Book 18


New Year Day #17

When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us

Helen Keller

Being happy is not some magical cure all. Happy people still get sick and lose loved ones.  Trying to live a happy life is not about denying negative emotions or pretending to feel joyful all the time. We all encounter adversity and it’s completely natural for us to feel anger, sadness, frustration and other negative emotions as a result.

Happiness is about being able to make the most of the good times, and to cope effectively with the inevitable bad times, in order to experience the best possible life overall.


It’s all about keeping the right thoughts top of mind from the get go every day, so they’re readily available on those hard days when you need them most. 

Instead of focusing on what you want, find something you already have in your life that makes you happy and take the time to appreciate it.

It’s true that we don’t know what we have until we lose it, but it is also true that we don’t know what we have been missing until it arrives.


The secret of happiness is the realization
that life is a gift, not a right.

Author Unknown

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Chapter 1, Page 16, Book 18


New Year Day #16

Be happy with what you have and are, be generous with both, and you won't have to hunt for happiness. 

William Ewart Gladstone

The true meaning of contentment is being satisfied with what you have and with who you are right now.

Ambition is important, but don’t see it as a trade off for appreciating what you have. When you 
trade today for tomorrow, you might realize you have nothing left.


It is impossible to develop contentment without gratitude, they are inseparable. And a grateful person is one who has learned to focus on the good things in their life, not the things that they lack.

Contentment is not something that's found; it is an attitude of the heart.

The key to being happy is to realize that you have what you need and become content


When you can think of yesterday without regret and tomorrow without fear, you are near contentment. 

Author Unknown

Monday, January 15, 2018

Chapter 1, Page 15, Book 18


The road to happiness lies in two simple principles: find what it is that interests you and that you can do well, and when you find it, put your whole soul into it -- every bit of energy and ambition and natural ability you have.

John D. Rockefeller, III

New Year Day #15

There are only two roads that lead to something like human happiness. They are marked by the words: love and achievement. In order to be happy oneself it is necessary to make at least one other person happy. The secret of human happiness is not in self seeking but in self forgetting. 

Theodor Reis

Some say the road to happiness is always under construction while others say that happiness is the road.  I’ve also heard that the road to happiness is paved with good intentions.

I saw an article that said there are 5 signs that you really are on the road to happiness and thought maybe this would be a great way to check and see if I got the directions right.

You fall asleep easily at night. The happier we are overall, the more likely we are to achieve peace of mind when hitting the hay.

 You don't crave bad things.  If we're eating well, not indulging in vices, and just living well, we won't need our guilty pleasures.

Your relationships are thriving.  You'll find yourself surrounded by good friends who simply want to enjoy life, without even knowing how.

 You are more open to trying new things.  Only when we are in a comfortable place do we ever feel confident reaching out.

 You stay in the moment. If you're checking your phone and social media accounts less often, chances are you're okay with living in each moment of the present. And that's happiness, isn't it?


People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they're not on your road doesn't mean they've gotten lost. 

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

I got 4 out of the 5 correct so I’m well on my way.  Now I have to work on the one about eating well.  I like to eat and not always the things that are healthy.  I never thought of them as guilty pleasures before.  

Whoever is happy will make others happy.

Anne Frank

When we forget about ourselves and think about others, no doubt we’ll find ourselves happier.  When you make someone else happy you are happy too. I love to make others happy and making them happy does give me a lot of happiness in return. But the truth is you have to be happy before you can make someone else happy.


All who joy would win must share it. Happiness was born a Twin. 

Lord George Gordon Byron

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Chapter 1, Page 14, Book 18


New Year Day #14

The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have past at home in the bosom of my family.

Thomas Jefferson

A happy family life is the essence of all round happiness. Even though my children are all grown and have children of their own, family is still a top priority in my life.  They give my life meaning and very often are my motivation for doing most of what I do.  Having a large family is a blessing.  There is always something going on and much to do  and celebrate too.


Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don't wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it's at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored. 

Earl Nightingale

My family inspires me to strive to do more and enjoy life regardless of of what else may be going on.  We are always there for each other and help out when needed.   In between hardships, and illness there has been a lot of laughter and a lot of joy.  

Never forget the power of family and cherish every moment you have with them.


Whenever
there is
lasting love,
there is 
a family.

Shere Hite

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Chapter 1, Page 13, Book 18



New Year Day #13

Every situation in life is temporary.
So, when life is good,
make sure you enjoy and receive it fully.
And when life is not so good,
remember that it will not last forever
and better days are on the way.

Jenni Young

I remember a story of a man of some wealth who overheard a lady remarking, Oh, if I only had fifty dollars I would be perfectly content. He thought about that for a few moments. If the lady only had fifty dollars she would be content. He thought to himself, Well, I can help her out. So he walked up to her and handed her a fifty dollar bill with his best wishes. 

She was very clear in her show of gratitude. She really appreciated his gift. As she walked away he heard her mumble under her breath, Why on earth didn't I say one hundred dollars? 

Have you ever said something like that? I know I have. 

Take time to pause, breathe, and appreciate the life we have been given and the abilities we have to do what we need to do.


To be happy, drop the words if only and substitute instead the words next time.

Smiley Blanton

Friday, January 12, 2018

Chapter 1, Page 12, Book 18


New Year Day #12

Good Morning Lord!  It’s time to start another day…

Your day is like everyone else’s. God has given you 24 hours, or 1,440 minutes, or exactly 86,400 seconds each day.  Time management experts tell you to make every second count. Whether you do or you don’t, one thing is clear: life can be long or short; it largely depends on how you determine to live it. 


Time is long but life is short. 

Stevie Wonder

For some, time is a thing taken for granted; for others, it may be that a physician has said there are but a few months to live. Your perspective on time dictates how you use it.The mind is like a muscle, and just like every muscle in the human body, it needs to be exercised to gain strength.  It needs to be trained daily to grow and develop gradually over time. 


Whether life is long or short depends on our outlook. 

Life can be long or short depending on what you're focusing on. If you're going through a sad moment, it can seem like time is slowing down. If you're having a blast, it can seem like time is flying by. Regardless of your perception, once the time passes and you reflect back on it, it almost always seems as if time flew by.


The place to be happy is here. The time to be happy is now.
Robert G. Ingersoll

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Chapter 1, Page 11, Book 18


New Year Day #11

Laughter is the best medicine

Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease. Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body's natural feel good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.

Feeling down…try laughing more!

My Sunshine boys!

Every day is a terrible day for a miserable person, but a cheerful heart has a continual feast. 

Proverbs 15:15 

There is no better way to choose joy daily  than to see the humor in life.  Life gives us so many absurd and ridiculous moments that we cannot help but laugh.

I read that laughter and tears come from the same deep well inside of us.  That is why sometime you can laugh until you cry and some times we cry till we laugh.  I  prefer laughing over crying any day.


A day without laughter is a day wasted.

Charlie Chaplin

Keep your sense of humor when all around you seems to be changing. This is a secret to leading a happy life. Remember Laughter is the best medicine!

The two best physicians of them all -- Dr. Laughter and Dr. Sleep. 

Gregory Dean Jr.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Chapter 1, Page 10, Book 18


NEW YEARS DAY #10

I accept life unconditionally.  Life holds so much--so much to be happy about always.  Most people ask for happiness on condition.  Happiness can be felt only if you don't set conditions.        

Artur Rubinstein
The difference between conditional and unconditional is that in conditional happiness you need to satisfy a condition to be happy which means you will often tell yourself that I can be happy IF, and the IF is the definition of conditional happiness. Unconditional happiness is all about being happy no matter what .


Let the refining and improving of your own life keep you so busy that you have little time to criticize others. 

H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Give up your need to criticize things, events or people that are different than you. We are all different, yet we are all the same. We all want to be happy, we all want to love and be loved and we all want to be understood. We all want something, and something is wished by us all.


May we never let the things we can’t have or don’t have or shouldn’t have spoil our enjoyment of the things we do have and can have.  As we value our happiness, let us not forget it.  One of the greatest lessons in life is learning to be happy without the things we cannot or should not have.       

Richard L. Evans

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Chapter 1, Page 9, Book 18


NEW YEAR DAY #9

 There is no duty we so much underrated as the duty of being happy. By being happy we sow anonymous benefits upon the world.

Robert Louis Stevenson

Who knew there were so many quotes about happiness… not I for sure.  Hopefully there will be enough to spread around as there are still quite a few of days of January left.  The say it takes 30 days to make a new habit stick so I’m thinking 31 days of happiness quotes and thoughts might just do the trick.


The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.

Allan K. Chalmers

Happiness never comes to those who don’t appreciate what they have.  You must be willing to loosen your grip on the life you have planned so you can enjoy the life that is waiting for you in this moment. 

We have expectations. Lots of them. Only reality doesn’t always quite match up.  Critical illness. Disability. Chronic pain. We all have circumstances in our lives that are not ideal.

We all have circumstances in our lives that are not ideal. And there has to come a time for acceptance. Only then can we start to move forward and find happiness.

If I spent all my time focusing on everything that was wrong in my life, then I wouldn’t see the good that is still very much present. We need to celebrate our life for what it is right now, warts and all.


 It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.

Charles Spurgeon

Monday, January 08, 2018

Chapter 1, Page 8, Book 18


NEW YEAR DAY 8


A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.

Hugh Downs

 Charles Swindoll, a renowned broadcaster and pastor said that single most significant decision he can make on a day to day basis is his choice of attitude.

The more humor and laughter in your life, the less stress you'll have, which means more positive energy to help you put your attitude into action. 


Change your attitude and you change your life.
You cannot control what happens to you in your life, but you can always control how you respond to it. The way you choose to respond is a reflection of your attitude. By changing your attitude, you also change your perspective and change your life.

Roy Bennett

By having a positive attitude, not only will you have a positive impact on people’s lives by constantly looking for ways to bring the good to the surface through everything you do, but you will also have a positive impact on the world we all live in, for you can’t help one person without helping yourself and without helping the whole world.

Remember: focusing on the negative is like praying for more of it.

HAPPINESS is an attitude!


You have a secret weapon.
Your attitude.

Attitude multiplies everything.
Your strengths.
Your gifts.
Your skills.
Your effort.
Your character.

Attitude multiplies everything.
Your weaknesses.
Your shortcomings.
Your lack of skill.
Your laziness.
Your undeveloped character.

Nothing changes your results faster than your attitude.

ZIG ZIGLER

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Chapter 1, Page 7, Book 18


NEW YEAR DAY #7


♥ ¸¸.•*¨*If you’re happy and your know it, Clap your hands ! ♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ 

Life is too short to walk around angry! So be happy and sing it out loud..

Anger is not worth your time.  Instead smile like you could care less.  Every moment that you spend in anger is lost, it will never come back again, precious moments only happen once.  

The more anger you hold in your heart toward the past, the less capable you are of happiness in the present.


For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

No one else has the power to make you feel small unless you give them that power.  You are the only one who can create your happiness.  Be happy.  Be yourself.  If others don’t like it, then let them be.  Life isn’t about pleasing everybody. 

 Remember, life is a journey, not a destination.  This moment, like every moment, is a priceless gift and an opportunity.  Be positive, smile, and make it count. 

You can hold on to the past, or you can create your own happiness today.  Never let success get to your head and never let failure get to your heart.  Every day is a new beginning and a new ending.  Embrace it, make the best of it, smile, and keep looking straight ahead.  And don’t forget, a smile doesn’t always mean a person is happy right now; sometimes it simply means they are strong enough to face their problems going forward. 


Life is short, smile while you still have teeth. 

***BIG SMILE***