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

Author Unknown

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Chapter 1, Page 9, Book 18


 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


jack69 said...

I like what you said about the life we have planned vs the life we have. I do forget to enjoy what we have at times, thinking of what is planned. I am learning every day that, 'future thing planned', can be illusive.

Mevely317 said...

To 'loosen the grip on the life you have planned' sounds daunting, indeed. Still, one can't argue with truth. I like what you've said about 30-31 days making a habit!


happiness is a state of mind. "We all have circumstances in our lives that are not ideal."

Rick Watson said...

I'm beginning some new habits this month too. I have some old ones that I'm stepping away from. It takes a while for the new ones to feel natural but I think they're worth the effort.