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

Author Unknown

Friday, November 30, 2018

Chapter 11, Page 30, Book 18

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

Robert Louis Stevenson

Today I’m thankful for Happiness

If you want to find happiness,
find gratitude.

Steve Maraboli

Happiness is truly an inside job.  It means that only I can created happiness in my life.  You cannot buy, beg or borrow it from anyone else, it is a feeling deep inside that makes you want to smile through any circumstance.

Happiness is a choice we make.  We can either choose gloom or doom or we can choose to keep happiness in our hearts come what may.  They say don’t cry because it’s over, but smile because it happened and that is the way I try to view life.  You can either allow your circumstances to define you or your can let them strengthen you. 

If we’re peaceful, if we are happy, we can smile and blossom like a flower.  A big part of our struggle with life is figuring out what makes us happy and more importantly, what makes us consistently happy.

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.  Happiness is not a destination, a place in the future, it is possible in the now and here.  We only need to choose it.

For me happiness is being content with who I am, what I have and where I am.  I’m an exceedingly happy person.  I don’t have a lot in the way of material things but I do have a lot of what truly matters in my life:  my faith, friends and family.

  I do think we have a duty to be happy.  After all is said and done, this is a day the Lord has made and we should rejoice and be happy in it.  The happy make the world better and the unhappy make it worse.  The unhappy, such as the moody, the chronic complainers, the drama kings and queens frequently ruin the lives of those around them.

Happiness is contagious.  Being happy not only affects us, but everyone in our lives.  If we want to contribute to the greater good of the world, then we need to choose happiness.  I’m not saying that nothing bad ever happens in my life, but I am saying that it’s my choice about how I want to feel about what happens to me.

I’m happy to say that this is the last of my Thankful posts for this year anyway.  Tomorrow, we welcome in the month of December which will bring with it a season of JOY. 

I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness; it’s right in from of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.

Brene Brown.


I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

For me, life is too short to be anything but happy.

jack69 said...

Happiness is contagious just as you said. But then you said this:
For me happiness is being content with who I am, what I have and where I am. I’m an exceedingly happy person. ........
I usually find a gem in your writing that I can squeeze. That is one. I like being happy. Life is definitely better when you are happy!
Warming up here in the tropics. LOL
Sherry & jack

betty said...

I enjoyed your Thanksgiving posts, Ma. Joy is a great one for the month of December as we prepare for Christmas and the true reason of the season in Jesus. I'm working on being a happier person; its a work in progress but trying to adopt more gratitude and less complaining is definitely a step in the right direction.


Chatty Crone said...

Oh my gosh - this is the truth - that happiness quote I put on my blog that I am getting ready to put out on Monday - I will have to change it - it was a good one.

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

You're absolutely right about happiness coming from the inside. Our circumstances can certainly enhance our feelings of inner peace and contentment, but I think those essential feelings shine in times of darkness, too. It isn't just something that we FEEL... it's who we ARE.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mevely317 said...

What a coincidence!
Shortly before this appeared in my reader, I'd just settled down with a good cup of coffee, a weighty fleece throw … one smelly dog on my lap, another by my side. Looking around the small room I didn't see the worn rug, the scratched love seat. No, like an epiphany, it occurred to me, I'm so happy.
Then again, there really are no coincidences.


like jack said, happiness is contagious. "I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness; it’s right in from of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude."