Monday, December 31, 2012

If you search the world for happiness, you may find it in the end, for the world is round and will lead you back to your door.
Robert Brault

During the last year, there have been moments when this blog felt like a futile attempt to figure out what makes me happy. The reality is, I already knew the answer to the this question.
So am I happier than I was 366 days ago? ...
Perhaps a little.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

"Men are, that they might have joy." I testify that much of that joy comes as we recognize that we can communicate with our Heavenly Father through prayer and that those prayers will be heard and answered--perhaps not how and when we expected they would be answered, but they will be answered and by a Heavenly Father who knows and loves us perfectly and who desires our happiness. Hasn't He promised us, "Be thou humble; and the Lord thy God shall lead thee by the hand, and give thee answer to they prayers"?
Thomas S. Monson

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Come walk the path that leads to eternal happiness, joy, and everlasting life in the kingdom of our Heavenly Father.

Friday, December 28, 2012

The purpose of mortality is to learn and to grow to be more like our Father, and it is often during the difficult times that we learn the most, as painful as the lessons may be. Our lives can also be filled with joy as we follow the teachings of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Thomas S. Monson

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Now, brothers and sisters, I'm not encouraging religious zealotry or fanaticism. Quite the contrary! I'm simply suggesting that we take the next logical step in our complete conversion to the gospel of Christ by assimilating its doctrine deep within our hearts and our souls so we will act and live consistently--and with integrity--what we profess to believe. This integrity simplifies our lives and amplifies our sensitivities to the Spirit and to the needs of others. It brings joy into our lives and peace to our souls--the kind of joy and peace that comes to us as we repent of our sins and follow the Savior by keeping His commandments.
M. Russell Ballard

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Testimony brings increased personal accountability and is a source of purpose, assurance, and joy.
David A. Bednar

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
Matthew 1:23

Monday, December 24, 2012

And I looked and beheld the virgin again, bearing a child in her arms. And the angel said unto me: Behold the Lamb of God, yea, even the Son of the Eternal Father! Knowest thou the meaning of the tree which thy father saw? And I answered him, saying: Yea, it is the love of God, which sheddeth itself abroad in the hearts of the children of men; wherefore, it is the most desirable above all things. And he spake unto me, saying: Yea, and the most joyous to the soul.
1 Nephi 11:20-23

Sunday, December 23, 2012

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring to you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ The Lord.
Luke 2:10-11

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Friday, December 21, 2012

It is strange what a contempt men have for the joys that are offered them freely.
Georges Duhamel

Like a holiday shutdown...

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Unhappiness is not knowing what we want and killing ourselves to get it.
Don Herold

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

One should be either sad or joyful. Contentment is a warm sty for eaters and sleepers.
Eugene O'Neill

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.
George Bernard Shaw

Monday, December 17, 2012

The happiness of most people is not ruined by great catastrophes or fatal errors, but by the repetition of slowly destructive little things.
Ernest Dimnet

Sunday, December 16, 2012

If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
John 15:10-11

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Happiness is... usually attributed by adults to children, and by children to adults.
Thomas Szasz

Last week with the children's Christmas party and this week with the adult one, I'm pretty sure there are pros to both phases.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Every now and then,
when the world sits just right,
a gentle breath of heaven
fills my soul with delight...
Hazelmarie 'Mattie' Elliot

With the tragedy of today, I pray we can all find a moment to feel the gentle breeze of heaven and feel the assurance and peace that comes from God.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

The search for happiness is unlike any other search, for we search last in the likeliest places.
Robert Brault

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The secret to happiness is to put the burden of proof on unhappiness.
Robert Brault

I thoroughly enjoy this quote. As learned in my theory of analysis course, sometimes the way to prove something's existence or nonexistence is to disprove or prove the opposite.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Monday, December 10, 2012

Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important.
Janet Lane

Sunday, December 9, 2012

For the Lord shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the Lord; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody... Therefore the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their heads: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.
Isaiah 51:3,11

Saturday, December 8, 2012

There is no cosmetic for beauty like happiness.
Lady Blessington

Friday, December 7, 2012

A great obstacle to happiness is to expect too much happiness.
Bernard de Fontenelle

Thursday, December 6, 2012

A happy thought is like a seed that sows positivity for all to reap.
Miriam Muhammad

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Is it not clear, however, that bliss and envy are the numerator and denominator of the fraction called happiness?
Yevgeny Zamyatin

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

People don't notice whether it's winter or summer when they're happy.
Anton Chekhov

Monday, December 3, 2012

The greatest happiness you can have is knowing that you do not necessarily require happiness.
William Saroyan

Sunday, December 2, 2012

The Lord, in His kindness, seeing the attitude of His children, and knowing that they would need guidance, gave us the Ten Commandments, and other commandments that have been given from time to time, to help us to find happiness. You observe people running to and fro in the world, seeking happiness but not finding it. If they would only pause long enough to accept the Lord's advice happiness would follow, but they will find it no other way.
George Albert Smith

Saturday, December 1, 2012

As people spin faster and faster in the pursuit of merely personal happiness, they become exhausted in the futile effort of chasing themselves.
Andrew Delbanco

As this year of happy thoughts is coming to a close, I can't help but wonder have I been running in circles. Am I really happier?

Friday, November 30, 2012

Seeking happiness, I passed many travelers headed in the opposite direction, seeking happiness.
Robert Brault

It is an individual journey. You don't have to take it alone, but no one else can tell you which direction to turn first.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Happiness is distraction from the human tragedy.
J.M. Reinoso

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The happiness which is lacking makes one think even the happiness one has unbearable.
Joseph Roux

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

It's never too late to have a happy childhood.
Berke Breathed

As a good friend reminded me yesterday, it is never too late to enjoy Macaroni and Cheese and gummy bears. It is the little things that matter more. 

Monday, November 26, 2012

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Mark a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
Psalm 100

Saturday, November 24, 2012

You won't be happy with more until you're happy with what you've got.
Viki King

Friday, November 23, 2012

There is a calmness to a life lived in Gratitude, a quiet joy.
Ralph H. Blum

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

I am grateful for what I am and have.
My thanksgiving is perpetual...
O how I laugh when I think of my vague indefinite riches.
No run on my bank can drain it
for my wealth is not possession but enjoyment.
Henry David Thoreau

Of course I am thankful for all the usual things this year 
The Gospel, My Savior, My Husband, My Child, family, friends, a home 
but there have been additions to my list in the last 12 months that has given my life new meaning 
"Hi" Walking Communication Teeth Hair
 Couch Frames Crafts Books Escape
And even more love this year than I had last year 
for the man who made me his over 53 months ago.  

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.
Denis Waitley

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.
David Steindl-Rast

Monday, November 19, 2012

If the day and night be such that you greet them with joy, and life emits a fragrance like flowers and sweet-scented herbs, is more elastic, more immortal - that is your success. All nature is your congratulation, and you have cause momentarily to bless yourself.
Henry David Thoreau

Sunday, November 18, 2012

And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
Colossians 3:14-15

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Happiness: an agreeable sensation arising from contemplating the misery of another.
Ambrose Bierce
The Devil's Dictionary

All too often we play the comparison game and only then do we think we are happy. Happiness is an individual sport, enhanced by playing for a team... kind of like tennis.

Friday, November 16, 2012

We are no longer happy so soon as we wish to be happier.
Walter Savage Landor

So true. As soon as we think there is more happiness out there to be had, we stop looking at the happiness we have.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it's on your plate.
Thornton Wilder

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

One filled with joy preaches without preaching.
Mother Teresa

Monday, November 12, 2012

A man's as miserable as he thinks he is.

Our minds are powerful tools, might as well put them to good use.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

In the end, happiness does not spring from perfection but applying divine principles, even in small steps.
Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Saturday, November 10, 2012

So long as we can lose any happiness, we possess some.
Booth Tarkington

Friday, November 9, 2012

I have only two kinds of days: happy and hysterically happy.
Allen J. Lefferdink

This is the kind of statement we all should be able to make... I guess we are all able... This is the kind of statement we should all choose to make, and not be lying.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

How simple it is to see that we can only be happy now, and there will never be a time when it is not now.
Gerald Jampolsky

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

There is no way to happiness - happiness is the way.
Thich Nhat Hanh

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Ask yourself whether you are happy and you cease to be so.
John Stuart Mill

Monday, November 5, 2012

My crown is called content, a crown that seldom kings enjoy.
William Shakespeare

Sunday, November 4, 2012

If we will follow the advice and counsel that the Lord has given, our pathway will be one of happiness. It will be a pathway, perhaps not of ease and comfort always, but in the end it will terminate in the presence of our Heavenly Father, and glory, immortality and eternal lives will be our portion.
George Albert Smith

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Cheerfulness is what greases the axles of the world. Don't go through life creaking.
H.W. Byles

Friday, November 2, 2012

The world is full of people looking for spectacular happiness while they snub contentment.
Doug Larson

Thursday, November 1, 2012

The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness.
Eric Hoffer

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Dad always thought laughter was the best medicine, which I guess is why several of us died of tuberculosis.
Jack Handey

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

A sense of needed armor. Joy in one's heart and some laughter on one's lips is a sign that the person down deep has a pretty good grasp of life.
Hugh Sidey

Monday, October 29, 2012

Sunday, October 28, 2012

In all of living have much of fun and laughter. Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured.
Gordon B. Hinckley

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Through humor, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers. And once you find laughter, not matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it.
Bill Cosby

Friday, October 26, 2012

Mirth is God's medicine. Everybody ought to bathe in it.
Henry Ward Beecher

Thursday, October 25, 2012

The most wasted of all days is that in which we have not laughed.
Nicolas Chamfort

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

There can never be enough said of the virtues, dangers, the power of a shared laugh.
Francoise Sagan

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities.
Jean Houston

Monday, October 22, 2012

A hearty laugh gives one a dry cleaning, while a good cry is a wet wash.
Puzant Kevork Thomajan

Sunday, October 21, 2012

A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
Ecclesiastes 3:4

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Friday, October 19, 2012

What monstrous absurdities and paradoxes have resisted whole batteries of serious arguments, and then crumbled swiftly into dust before the ringing death-knell of a laugh!
Agnes Repplier

Thursday, October 18, 2012

So many tangles in life are ultimately hopeless that we have no appropriate sword other than laughter.
Gordon W. Allport

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.
Victor Borge

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul.
Yiddish Proverb

Monday, October 15, 2012

When people are laughing, they're generally not killing each other.
Alan Alda

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Laughter and a good sense of humor can soften the bumps along life's journey.
Steven E. Snow

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.
Kurt Vonnegut

Friday, October 12, 2012

A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book.
Irish Proverb

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it and then move on.
Bob Newhart

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

I've always thought that a big laugh is a really loud noise from the soul saying, "Ain't that the truth." 
Quincy Jones

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Laughter is the corrective force which prevents us from becoming cranks.
Henri Bergson

Monday, October 8, 2012

Sunday, October 7, 2012

The next time you're tempted to groan, you might try to laugh instead. It will extend your life and make the lives of all those around you more enjoyable.
Joseph B. Wirthlin

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Maturity is a bitter disappointment for which no remedy exists, unless laughter can be said to remedy anything.
Kurt Vonnegut

Friday, October 5, 2012

Remember, men need laughter sometimes more than food.
Anna Fellows Johnston

Thursday, October 4, 2012

No man who has once heartily and wholly laughed can be altogether irreclaimably bad.
Thomas Carlyle

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

You can't deny laughter; when it comes, it plops down in your favorite chair and stay as long as it wants.
Stephen King

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Monday, October 1, 2012

With the fearful strain that is on me night and day, if I did not laugh I should die.
Abraham Lincoln

Sunday, September 30, 2012

These are some of the simple chords of melody that make a home harmonious and happy. Kindness, consideration, courtesy, care, laughter, unselfishness, prayer, thoughtfulness, doing things for each other, forgiving each other, sustaining each other, loving each other--these are notes that form a family symphony happily enjoyed and eternally remembered.
Marion D. Hanks

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Isn't it cool when the days that are supposed to feel good, actually do?
Jim Carrey

Friday, September 28, 2012

Real elation is when you feel you could touch a star without standing on tiptoe.
Doug Larson

Thursday, September 27, 2012

The only way to avoid being miserable is not to have enough leisure to wonder whether you are happy or not.
George Bernard Shaw

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has.
Henry Ward Beecher

He is happy according to what he is...

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Man must search for what is right, and let happiness come on its own.
Johann Pestalozzi

Monday, September 24, 2012

Happiness is not an ideal of reason, but of imagination.
Immanuel Kant

Sunday, September 23, 2012

All safety, all righteousness, all happiness are on the Lord's side of the line.
George Albert Smith

Saturday, September 22, 2012

We are seldom happy with what we now have, but would go to pieces if we lost any part of it.
Mignon McLaughlin

Friday, September 21, 2012

Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.
Mother Teresa

Thursday, September 20, 2012

The happy have whole days, 
and those they choose.
The unhappy have but hours,
and those they lose.
Colley Cibber

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Happiness is a way station between too little and too much.
Channing Pollock

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Happiness is a by-product of an effort to make someone else happy.
Gretta Brooker

Monday, September 17, 2012

If you only do what you know you can do -- you never do very much.
Tom Krause

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Surely there is nothing men need more than the blessings of peace and happiness and hearts free from fear. And these are offered [to] all of us if we will but be partakers of them.
George Albert Smith

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Happiness is a matter of one's most ordinary and everyday mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self.
Iris Murdoch

Friday, September 14, 2012

If you are not happy here and now, you never will be.
Taisen Deshimaru

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Happiness grows at our own firesides, and is not to be picked in strangers' gardens.
Douglas Jerrold

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

To be happy, I need to think about feeling good, feeling bad, and feeling right, in an atmosphere of growth.
Gretchen Rubin

I thought a lot about what today's quote should be in the midst of the 11th commemoration of the tragedy in New York City on this exact day. This one felt appropriate. I think we sometimes forget that to know happiness we need to know sadness and it is important to know what makes us feel bad. It is important to take time to reflect on those hard times, but more importantly it is important to reflect on them as a starting point for growth.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Sunday, September 9, 2012

When we accept duties willingly and faithfully, we find happiness. Those who make happiness the chief objective of life are bound to fail, for happiness is a by-product rather than an end itself. Happiness comes from doing one's duty and knowing that his life is in harmony with God and His commandments.
Joseph B. Wirthlin

Saturday, September 8, 2012

To be obliged to beg our daily happiness from others bespeaks a more lamentable poverty than that of him who begs his daily bread.
Charles Caleb Colton

Friday, September 7, 2012

Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.
Robert Brault

Thursday, September 6, 2012

The art of living does not consist in preserving and clinging to a particular mode of happiness, but in allowing happiness to change its form without being disappointed by the change; happiness, like a child, must be allowed to grow up.
Charles L. Morgan

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

To live in perpetual want of little things is a state, not indeed of torture, but of constant vexation.
Samuel Johnson

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Happiness is a how; not a what. A talent, not an object.
Hermann Hesse

Monday, September 3, 2012

We must exercise ourselves in the things that bring happiness, since, if that be present, we have everything, and, if that be absent, all our actions are directed toward attaining it.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Happiness is a strange commodity. It cannot be purchased with money, and yet it is bought with a price. It is not dependent upon houses, or lands, or flocks, or degrees, or position, or comforts; for many of the most unhappy people in all the world have these.
Spencer W. Kimball

Saturday, September 1, 2012

No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.
Helen Keller

Friday, August 31, 2012

Happiness is not a possession to be prized. It is a quality of thought, a state of mind.
Daphne du Maurier

Thursday, August 30, 2012

It is by studying little things that we attain the great art of having as little misery, and as much happiness as possible.
Samuel Johnson

The ultimate "little things," aka children, tend to show us perfectly what it means to find happiness. Have you ever watched a child spot a bird? Or play in a puddle? Or simply feel the wind against her face? It really is in the little things.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

One is not always happy when one is good; but one is always good when one is happy.
Oscar Wilde

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that, but simply growth. We are happy when we are growing.
William Butler Yeats

To my Little Lady:
Thank you for a year of tremendous growth!
You have taught we so much about happiness.
I love you forever!

Monday, August 27, 2012

There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy. By being happy we sow anonymous benefits upon the world.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Sunday, August 26, 2012

I assure you that the joy, love, and fulfillment experienced in loving, righteous families produce the greatest possible happiness we can achieve. That happiness is the foundation for a successful society.
Quentin L. Cook

Saturday, August 25, 2012

We must laugh before we are happy, for fear of dying without having laughed at all.
Jean de La Bruyere

Friday, August 24, 2012

Pleasure is spread through the earth
In stay gifts to be claimed by whoever shall find.
William Wordsworth

Thursday, August 23, 2012

There are two things to aim at in life: first, to get what you want; and after that, to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second.
Logan Pearsall Smith

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Can anything be so elegant as to have few wants, and to serve them one's self?
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible.
St. Augustine

Monday, August 20, 2012

Often people attempt to live their lives backwards; they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so they will be happier. They way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.
Margaret Young

Sunday, August 19, 2012

May the joy of our fidelity to the highest and best within us be ours as we keep our love and our marriages, our society and our souls, as pure as they were meant to be.
Jeffrey R. Holland

Saturday, August 18, 2012

"Well," said Pooh, "what I like best," and then had had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn't know what it was called.
A.A. Milne

Friday, August 17, 2012

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Happiness is never stopping to think if you are.
Palmer Sondreal

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Even if happiness forgets you a little bit, never completely forget about it.
Jacques Prevert

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new.
Antoine de Saint Exupery

Monday, August 13, 2012

Happiness and self-confidence come naturally when you feel yourself moving and progressing toward becoming the very best person you can possibly be.
Brian Tracy

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Great things are wrought through simple and small things. Like the small flecks of gold that accumulate over time into a large treasure, our small and simple acts of kindness and service will accumulate into a life filled with love for Heavenly Father, devotion to the work of the Lord Jesus Chris, and a sense of peace and joy each time we reach out to one another.
M. Russell Ballard

Saturday, August 11, 2012

We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about.
Charles Kingsley

Like a duck race...

Friday, August 10, 2012

When people are deeply happy they bring a sense of purpose with them wherever they go, whatever circumstances they are in. So if they're changing the oil in the car, they bring a sense of joyful purpose even to that.
Marci Shimoff

And if they are going to see one of the most delightful Broadway musicals, they certainly bring a sense of joyful purpose to that! Cheers!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Real happiness is cheap enough, yet how dearly we pay for its counterfeit.
Hosea Ballou

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

When a man has lost all happiness, he's not alive. Call him a breathing corpse.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Happiness is the interval between periods of unhappiness.
Don Marquis

When was your last happy interval?

Monday, August 6, 2012

Unquestionably, it is possible to do without happiness; it is done involuntarily by nineteen-twentieths of mankind.
John Stuart Mill

Sunday, August 5, 2012

I testify of the great blessing of children and of the happiness they will bring us in this life and in the eternities.
Neil L. Anderson

While I knew what happiness was before becoming a mother, things such as nose kisses, "hi," book reading, and locating my nose have increased my happiness.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

On the whole, the happiest people seem to be those who have no particular cause for being happy except that they are so.
William R. Inge

Friday, August 3, 2012

In order to have great happiness you have to have great pain and unhappiness - otherwise how would you know when you're happy?
Leslie Caron

Perhaps this same logic can be used with regards to Mondays and Fridays...

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.
Robert Brault

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Considering the way the world is, one happy day is almost a miracle.
Paulo Coelho

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do.
Freya Stark

Monday, July 30, 2012

Let a joy keep you. Reach out your hands and take it when it runs by.
Carl Sandburg

Sunday, July 29, 2012

The gospel is the way of discipleship. As we walk in that way, we can experience confidence and joy-- even during times of peril, sorrow, and uncertainty.
Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Happiness always looks small while you hold it in your hands, but let is go, and you learn at once how big and precious it is.
Maxim Gorky

Friday, July 27, 2012

Thursday, July 26, 2012

There is no expert on what happiness is but many on what it might have been.
Robert Brault

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Eden is that old-fashioned house we dwell in every day
Without suspecting our abode until we drive away.
Emily Dickinson

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Pleasure is very seldom found where it is sought. Our brightest blazes are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks.
Samuel Johnson

Monday, July 23, 2012

To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others.
Albert Camus

Not concerned with what others think; however, we must be concerned with serving others to be happy.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

You know that you are happiest when you are anxiously engaged in a good work.
Adrian Ochoa

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Misery is almost always the result of thinking.
Joseph Joubert

Friday, July 20, 2012

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
Mahatma Gandhi

Thursday, July 19, 2012

It is not happiness until you capture it and store it out of the reach of time.
Robert Brault

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Before we set our hearts too much on anything, let us examine how happy are those who already possess it.
Francois Duc de La Rochefoucauld

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

I am a kind of paranoiac in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy.
J.D. Salinger

Monday, July 16, 2012

Happiness is your dentist telling you it won't hurt and then having him catch his hand in the drill.
Johnny Carson

Sunday, July 15, 2012

You have the ability to choose righteousness and happiness, no matter what your circumstances.
Thomas S. Monson

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, not because they never found it, but because they didn't stop to enjoy it.
William Feather

Friday, July 13, 2012

Happiness is the resultant of the relative strengths of positive and negative feelings rather than an absolute amount of one or the other.
Norman Bradburn

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Cheerfulness is as natural to the heart of a man in strong health, as color to his cheek; and wherever there is habitual gloom, there must be either bad air, unwholesome food, improperly severe labor, or erring habits of life.
John Rushkin

800th pageview today, folks! Exciting stuff!
To those of you who regularly check these happy thoughts, 
thank you for adding to my reason I do this.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Looking back on a happy life, one realizes that one was not happy all the time.
Robert Brault

Happiness isn't about constant bliss. 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

If you observe a really happy man you will find him building a boat, writing a symphony, educating his son, growing double dahlias in his garden, or looking for dinosaur eggs in the Gobi desert. He will not be searching for happiness as if it were a collar button that has rolled under the radiator. He will not be striving for it as a goal in itself. He will have become aware that he is happy in the course of living life twenty-four crowded hours of the day.
W. Beran Wolfe

This is a long quote,
 but it is worth reading.
Said for those who may have looked at today and thought, "Wow, too long."

Monday, July 9, 2012

It is a comely fashion to be glad; Joy is the grace we say to God.
Jean Ingelow

Sunday, July 8, 2012

There can be no genuine happiness separate and apart from the home. ... There is no happiness without service, and there is no service greater than that which converts the home into a divine institution, and which promotes and preserves family life.... The home is what needs reforming.
Joseph F. Smith

Saturday, July 7, 2012

You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.
Albert Camus

Sometimes we just have to do something to reap the results, instead of analyzing it to death.

Friday, July 6, 2012

You need to learn to be happy by nature, because you'll seldom have the chance to be happy by circumstance.
Lavetta Sue Wegman

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Laughter is a tranquilizer with no side effects.
Arnold Glasow

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

The secret of happiness is freedom. The secret of freedom is courage.

Happy Independence Day!
If you can't find any other reason to be happy today, 
Be happy because we live in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Laughter is the sensation of feeling good all over and showing it principally in one place.
Josh Billings

Monday, July 2, 2012

[L]aughter on one's lips is a sign that the person down deep has a pretty good grasp of life.
Hugh Sidney

Sunday, July 1, 2012

We are all searching for happiness; we hope for is, we think we live for it, it is our aim in this life. But do we live so as to enjoy the happiness we so much desire?
Brigham Young

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Carry laughter with you wherever you go.
Hugh Sidey

This week has been all about laughter. Perhaps it is the best medicine.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.
Victor Hugo

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Monday, June 25, 2012

Man, when you lose your laugh you lose your footing.
Ken Kesey

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Our doctrine is clear; we are to be positive and of good cheer. We emphasize our faith, not our fears. We rejoice in the Lord's assurance that He will stand by us and give us guidance and direction.
Quentin L. Cook

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Just as a cautious businessman avoids investing all his capital in one concern, so wisdom would probably admonish us also not to anticipate all our happiness from one quarter alone.
Sigmund Freud

Friday, June 22, 2012

To be truly happy, you need a clear sense of meaning and purpose in life.
Brian Tracy

Happy 40th Anniversary!
Just as you have provided meaning and purpose for one another, 
you have guided all of us to find our own.
Thank you!
We all love you both!

And dear Sister,
Thank you for always helping me figure out meaning in my life.
You are the best sister a girl could have.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

There are some days when I think I'm going to die from an overdose of satisfaction.
Salvador Dali

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

If you ever find happiness by hunting for it, you will find it, as the old woman did her lost spectacles, safe on her own nose all the time.
Josh Billings

Indeed, my happiness is right in front of my eyes... at least when he is not at work.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
Marcel Proust

For the man who makes my soul blossom...

Monday, June 18, 2012

A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery while on a detour.

I usually don't like to post thoughts unless there is a source; however this one seemed appropriate for today. 

Happy Anniversary, Handsome!
I know life has been feeling like a constant detour, 
but at least we enjoy the scenery.
I wouldn't want to enjoy it with anyone else.
I love you!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Father's Day!

Because He came to earth, we have a perfect example to follow. As we strive to become more like Him, we will have joy and happiness in our lives and peace each day of the year.
Thomas S. Monson

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Usefulness is happiness, and... all other things are but incidental.
Lydia Maria Child

Be useful today.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Happiness is a conscious choice, not an automatic response.
Mildred Barthel

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Give a man health and a course to steer, and he'll never stop to trouble about whether he's happy or not.
George Bernard Shaw

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.
Bertrand Russell

Monday, June 11, 2012

...And anyway, why should the creature be happy?
C.S. Lewis 
The Screwtape Letters

Indeed, why should we be happy? Do we really deserve it anyway? 
(I love the devil's advocate sometimes.)

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Do not forget no matter how much you may give in money, no matter how you may desire the things of this world to make yourselves happy, your happiness will be in proportion to your charity and to your kindness and to your love of those with whom you associate here on earth.
George Albert Smith

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.
James Barrie

Friday, June 8, 2012

A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.
Phyllis Diller

Thursday, June 7, 2012

If you smile when no one else is around, you really mean it.
Andy Rooney

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief.
William Shakespeare

Find reasons to smile no matter what.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.
Mark Twain

Monday, June 4, 2012

A smile is an inexpensive way to change your looks.
Charles Gordy

Sunday, June 3, 2012

To press on in noble endeavors, even while surrounded by a cloud of depression, will eventually bring you out on top into the sunshine.
Ezra Taft Benson

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Before you put on a frown, make absolutely sure there are no smiles available.
Jim Beggs

Friday, June 1, 2012

Start every day with a smile and get it over with.
W.C. Fields

Perhaps the best advice...

Thursday, May 31, 2012

The true way to render ourselves happy is to love our work and find in it our pleasure.
Francoise de Motteville

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better to take things as they come along with patience and equanimity.
Carl Jung

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

It is good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it's good too, to check up once in a while and make sure you haven't lost the things money can't buy.
George Lorimer

Monday, May 28, 2012

Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
Helen Keller

Sunday, May 27, 2012

The more closely you follow divine guidance, the greater will be your happiness here and for eternity-- moreover, the most abundant your progress and capacity to serve. I do not understand fully how it is done, but that guidance in your life does not take away your agency. You can make the decisions you choose to make. But remember, the disposition to do right brings peace of mind and happiness.
Richard G. Scott

"The disposition to do right brings peace of mind and happiness." 
It deserved to be said again.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.
Franklin Roosevelt

Friday, May 25, 2012

Happiness is a state of activity.

So on this start to a holiday weekend, what will be your activity?

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Live your life in the manner that you would like your kids to live theirs.
Michael Levine

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Seventy percent of success in life is showing up.
Woody Allen

Cheers to you on this fine Wednesday.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

What is happiness but the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?
Albert Camus

Monday, May 21, 2012

Happiness is inward and not outward, and so it does not depend on what we have, but on what we are.
Henry Van Dyke

Sunday, May 20, 2012

...coveting, pouting, or tearing others down does not elevate your standing, not does demeaning someone else improve your self image. So be kind, and be grateful that God is kind. It is a happy way to live.
Jeffrey R. Holland

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Realize that true happiness lies within you. Waste no time and effort searching for peace and contentment and joy in the world outside. Remember that there is no happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving. Reach out. Share. Smile. Hug. Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.
Og Mandino

Friday, May 18, 2012

Happiness is an attitude of mind, born of the simple determination to be happy under all outward circumstances.
J. Donald Walters

Thursday, May 17, 2012

To be constant is to be useful. To be useful is to realize one's true nature. Realization of one's true nature is happiness. When one reaches happiness, one is close to perfection.
Chuang Tzu

Be constant, you'll be happy. 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Happiness can be defined, in part at least, as the fruit of the desire and ability to sacrifice what we want now for what we want eventually.
Stephen Covey

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

A sound mind in a sound body is a short but full description of a happy state in this world.
John Locke

Monday, May 14, 2012

If thou wilt make a man happy, add not unto his riches but take away from his desires.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

As you do these things [referring to the standards discussed in the LDS "For the Strength of Youth" pamphlet], the Lord will make much more out of your life than you can by yourself. He will increase your opportunities, expand your vision, and strengthen you. He will give you the help you need to meet your trials and challenges. You will gain a stronger testimony and find true joy as you come to know your Father in Heaven and His Son, Jesus Christ, and feel Their love for you.

While this pamphlet has definitely experienced many changes over the years, the basic idea is the same. Live worthy of being in God's presence and you will be happy. 

I know this quote isn't very "Mother's Day"-y; however, I wanted to make the connection. I have been blessed with incredible women, not just the woman who gave birth to me, who have taught me exactly what it means to be a righteous woman. From young women leaders to neighbors, friends' mothers to aunts, grandmothers to my own sister. These plus my own incredible mom, have paved the way for me to follow. 

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Happiness is not an accident. Nor is it something you wish for. Happiness is something you design.
Jim Rohn

Friday, May 11, 2012

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
Dalai Lama

Thursday, May 10, 2012

I began learning long ago that those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.
Booker T. Washington

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

When someone does something good, applaud! You will make two people happy.
Samuel Goldwyn

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The way to find out about happiness is to keep your mind on those moments when you feel most happy, when you are really happy -- not excited, not just thrilled, but deeply happy. This requires a little bit of self-analysis. What is it that makes you happy? Stay with it, no matter when people tell you This is what is following your bliss.
Joseph Campbell

Monday, May 7, 2012

Happiness consists in activity ... it is a running stream not a stagnant pool.
John Mason

Are you a stream or a pool?

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Our Father, God of all creation, hear us pray in reverence, awed by thy Son's sacrifice. Praises we sing, we love thy law; we will obey. Our heavenly King, in thee our hearts rejoice.
Edward L. Hart

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Happiness blooms in the presence of self-respect and the absence of ego.
Love yourself.
Love everyone around you.
Love everyone in the whole world.
Know that your own life is of infinite importance, as is every other life.
Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Friday, May 4, 2012

Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.
Marcus Aurelius

Thursday, May 3, 2012

The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The happiness of one's own heart alone cannot satisfy the soul; one must try to include, as necessary to one's own happiness, the happiness of others.
Paramahansa Yogananda

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness.
Robert Muller

Monday, April 30, 2012

Mindfulness helps you go home to the present. And every time you go there and recognize a condition of happiness that you have, happiness comes.
Thich Nhat Hanh

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Jesus wants me to be loving, and kind to all I see, showing how pleasant and happy His little one can be.
Nellie Talbot

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right.
Henry Ford

Friday, April 27, 2012

If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you'll never enjoy the sunshine.
Morris West

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Whatever you are be a good one.
Abraham Lincoln

Engineer, Dad, Mom, Wife, Husband, Friend, Sister, Brother, Cousin, Aunt, Uncle, Grandparent, Manager, Scientist, Teacher, Accountant, Writer, Reader, Photographer, Dancer, Artist, Caregiver, Juggler, Jogger, Jazzercizer. Whatever you are, whatever you do, be good.  

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

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You've got to accentuate the positive
Eliminate the negative
Latch on to the affirmative
Don't mess with Mister In-Between
You've got to spread joy up to the maximum
Bring gloom down to the minimum
Have faith or pandemonium
Liable to walk upon the scene
Johnny Mercer

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Never regret. If it's good, it's wonderful. If it's bad, it's experience.
Victoria Holt

Monday, April 23, 2012

Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.
Leon Joseph Suenens

Sunday, April 22, 2012

You can live a happy life in this world of toil and strife if there's sunshine in your heart; And your soul will glow with love from the perfect Light above, if there's sunshine in your heart today.
Helen Silcott Dungan

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Celebrate the happiness that friends are always giving;
Make every day a holiday and celebrate just living.
Amanda Bradley

Friday, April 20, 2012

Mine is the sunlight! Mine is the morning
Born of the one light Eden saw play!
Praise with elation, praise ev'ry morning,
God's recreation of a new day!
Eleanor Farjean

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Life, believe, is not a dream so dark, as sages say; Oft a little morning rain foretells a pleasant day.
Charlotte Bronte

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are: Something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.
Joseph Addison

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Experience praises the most happy the one who made the most people happy.
Karl Marx

Monday, April 16, 2012

The happy man is not he who seems thus to others, but who seems thus to himself.
Publilius Syrus

Sunday, April 15, 2012

The sure way to peace and happiness in this life and life hereafter is to serve the Lord today and every day.
Marion G. Romney

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Friday, April 13, 2012

The habit of being happy enables one to be freed, or largely freed, from domination of outside conditions.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.
Thich Nhat Hanh

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Happiness is the only good. The time to be happy is now. The place to be happy is here. The way to be happy is to make others so.
Robert G. Ingersoll

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Monday, April 9, 2012

Supreme happiness consists in self-content; that we may gain this self-content, we are placed upon this Earth and endowed with freedom.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happiness does not depend on what happens outside of you but on what happens inside of you.
Harold B. Lee

On this Easter Morning, let us let Christ into our lives and let Him transform the inside so that the outside, our countenance, takes on His image. 

Saturday, April 7, 2012

The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.
Benjamin Franklin

Friday, April 6, 2012

The secret of happiness is the determination to be happy always, rather than wait for outer circumstances to make one happy.
J. Donald Walters

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Happiness is itself a kind of gratitude.
Joseph Wood Krutch

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

We take greater pains to persuade others we are happy than in trying to think so ourselves.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Happiness consists more in small conveniences of pleasures that occur every day, than in great pieces of good fortune that happen but seldom to a man in the course of his life.
Benjamin Franklin

Monday, April 2, 2012

When we recall the past, we usually find that it is the simplest things -- not the great occasions -- that in retrospect give off the greatest glow of happiness.
Bob Hope

Sunday, April 1, 2012

How sweet are thy words unto my taste! Yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
Psalms 119:103

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Repentance is ever the key to a better, happier life.
Spencer W. Kimball

Happy Conference Weekend! Where we all get reminders of the things we need to correct and the things we are great at... here's to repentance, we would be nothing without it!

Friday, March 30, 2012

The greatest joys of life are happy memories. Your job is to create as many of them as possible.
Brian Tracy

The last few days have been quotes about relationships and happiness. I firmly believe we all need good relationships. Some relationships take more work, some don't. Some relationships should be cultivated, while others shouldn't. It is important to figure out how to be happy and what makes you happiest!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Most of your happiness will come from your relationships with others. Handle them with care.
Brian Tracy

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Unconditional acceptance of others is the key to happy relationships.
Brian Tracy

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The fountain of content must spring up in the mind, and he who hath so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything but his own disposition, will waste his life in fruitless efforts and multiply the grief he proposes to remove.
Samuel Johnson

Monday, March 26, 2012

The most important choice we make every day is whether we'll be happy or disgruntled about the life we live. Whatever we do, we always have the choice. Even the person working for a minimum wage at some fast food place has a choice about whether to enjoy her work and treat customers with a smile and joyful presentation, or to be grumpy and begrudge every moment. While the low paying job is a fact, the attitude we choose is a variable.
Marie T. Russell