10 February 2011

The Book of a Thousand Happinesses: Update 1

A few weeks ago I resolved to write down happy things in a journal given to me by my sister.  I would like to say that yes, I have been diligent about writing in it (almost) daily.  I'm up to 40-something, which averages out to about 2 a day since the inception.  I'm not quite up to the 3-a-day goal, and I'm certainly not making up for the first 21 days of January that I missed, but I'm very glad to report that the underlying purpose of this book is succeeding.  I'm beginning to truly focus on the happiness in my life!

Let me tell you, this hasn't been the easiest three weeks to focus on the good, either.  Isn't that always the way it works?  Some personal things have happened in the past few weeks that have hit me hard.  No matter how crappy the day has been, or how defeated I feel at the end of the day, I have been overjoyed when I've been able to look at my happy journal and think of the happy things that have gone on, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant.  So despite whatever emotional blows I've suffered that day, I've been able to fall asleep thinking about those things that lifted my spirits.

I highly recommend this practice, and I vow to update you every once in a while on how my journal-ing is going. 
Not a great (or flattering) picture, but a happy moment when both my babies wanted to snuggle with Momma.

I leave you with a few quotes about happiness that make me happy:

"Those who can laugh without cause have either found the true meaning of happiness or have gone stark raving mad." - Norm Papernick
"Some pursue happiness, others create it." - Unknown

Do you have any quotes/poems/snippets of happiness to share?  I'd love to hear them!


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

    "It is better to be happy for a moment and be burned up with beauty than to live a long time and be bored all the while." - Don Marquis

    "Happiness comes more from loving than being loved; and often when our affection seems wounded it is only our vanity bleeding. To love, and to be hurt often, and to love again - this is the brave and happy life." - J.E. Buchrose

    "When I have been unhappy, I have heard an opera...and it seemed the shrieking of winds; when I am happy, a sparrow's chirp is delicious to me. But it is not the chirp that makes me happy, but that I make it sweet." - John Ruskin

    "The U.S. Constitution doesn't guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself." - Benjamin Franklin

    "Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be." - Abraham Lincoln

    "Happiness, happiness...the flavor is with you - with you alone, and you can make it as intoxicating as you please." - Joseph Conrad

    "Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life." - Mark Twain

    "If you always do what interests you, at least one person is pleased." - Katherine Hepburn

    Sorry, I have a book of quotes with a whole chapter on happiness! :)

    You know you can always come on over and forget about personal stuff and crappy days! Or at least have someone to vent to! :)

  2. Be patient with all that is unresolved in your heart, and try to love the questions themselves ~Rilke

    "I have an existential map; it has 'you are here' written all over it."
    - Steven Wright

    John had
    Great Big
    Boots on;
    John had a
    Great Big
    John had a
    Great Big
    Mackintosh --
    And that
    (Said John)
    -- A A Milne

    ...In Boston I'd keep these (plus some pictures of the babies) in a file on my desktop that I'd open whenever things were hard and then they'd be better.

  3. Dawn - thank you! I love all the quotes, especially the Joseph Conrad! And believe me, you have done more than you know to keep me sane and happy these past few weeks! Thank you!

    Jody - I laughed out loud to your quotes! Thank you! Thanks!