Posts tagged ‘happiness’

August 5, 2017

The path to happiness lies behind Doors 1, 2, 3 and more

Have you ever been floored by some tragic or particularly challenging life event, only to spend your time pining for the way things were before? Here’s a new way to look at your situation, courtesy of the ever-wise Helen Keller:

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.

There is always more than one positive direction each of our lives can take. If a door to one of those directions closes, it’s OK to spend some time mourning that direction, but then turn and look around you. There are so many other versions of a happy, healthy you just waiting to come to life, if only you give them the attention they deserve. ❤

July 28, 2017

Observed on the street: Pillow talk

If pillows could talk, what would they say?

“Do more of what makes you happy.” Good words to lay your head upon and dream.

November 11, 2015

The right track means no backwards glances

Thought of the moment, source unknown:

You know you’re on the right track when you become uninterested in looking back.

Let the past be. Stop trying to be the person you once were.

Live like the person you are today, with joy, confidence and enthusiasm for what lies ahead. ❤

September 5, 2015

Happiness is a facet of the diamond within you

Thought of the moment, courtesy of American essayist Agnes Repplier:

It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.

So many of us spend so much time, effort and money searching for external triggers that will make (and keep) us happy. We look to friends, partners, kids, houses, jobs, vacations, material possessions and the like to somehow “complete” us. But the truth is that there are no magic bullets of happiness zinging around, waiting to make contact with our lives. It doesn’t work that way.

Happiness is a much more elusive and internal entity. Think of it as one facet of a complex “emotional gemstone” that lies at the core of your being. There, it competes and combines with other emotional facets (such as guilt, shame, fear, regret and confidence) to colour your thought patterns and beliefs, direct your self-talk (or lack of it), and shape your choices, attitudes, and reactions to what happens in the world around you.

Some people naturally operate with their happiness facet well-polished and facing forward, where it can exert the most influence over their day-to-day lives. Other people struggle to find their happiness facet in the first place.

The good news is that happiness exists inside each and every one of us. With patience, dedication and positive self-care, we can all find our inner happiness, shine it up, and turn it outwards to reflect its bright light into the world.

November 16, 2014

Scatter the seeds of happiness

Thought for the day, courtesy of Robert Louis Stevenson:

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

Get sowing! 🙂

October 11, 2014

A question about happiness

Thought for the day:

If you don’t feel grateful for what you already have, what makes you think you would be happy with more?

(From a public-participation art display at Two Rivers Gallery in Prince George, British Columbia, September 2014)

All the ingredients for a happy life already exist within you — even if you have to rummage around in your deepest, darkest corners to find them. 🙂

January 28, 2014

Live your future every day

Thought for the day, from American writer Margaret Bonanno:

It is only possible to live happily ever after on a day-to-day basis.

Cheers to that. Now let’s live it.

April 9, 2013

What do you need right now?

Another beautiful passage from Kelly Winters’ book Walking Home:  A Woman’s Pilgrimage on the Appalachian Trail:

What do I need now?  I wonder.  To live and feel and sense deeply, to fill up on experiences and emotions and events, to be open to newness and to people, to lose any masks I wear, to lighten my load — physically, emotionally and spiritually — to laugh, to sing, to commune.

An excellent set of guideposts by which set life’s compass, don’t you think?

December 7, 2012

Awaken a little inner glee

I ran across this anonymous quote today:

Laughter frees you up inside.

Today, laugh a little — or a lot!  Free up some space inside yourself, then breathe deeply and fill it with joy.  ♡

November 3, 2012

Happiness is right beside you…

I came across this quote from novelist Robert Goddard last night:

Happiness is the art of making a bouquet of those flowers within reach.

There is much within your reach.  Make your bouquet brilliant.