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

Author Unknown

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

5 comments:

jack69 said...

It may not be best to comment this way, but it is how I see it. When you embed a gem in your blog that jumps out, I just smile and think that is said so well. SOOOOO here is another at the beginning:

Trying to live a happy life is not about denying negative emotions or pretending to feel joyful all the time.

I get it, it makes sense!
THANKS
STAY WARM

Buttercup said...

So right, but it took me decades to learn this. Keep cozy!

Mevely317 said...

I'm still trying ... but I've a great coach! (...thank you.)

Chatty Crone said...

Helen Keller was a wise woman and look where she started!

TARYTERRE said...

thank you for clarifying what happiness is and isn't. "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."