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