Monday, December 13, 2010

If you think happiness is a rare bird you won't see much of it.

12 comments:

  1. So, choose to be happy rather than wait for it to happen :) Got it.

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  2. Research demonstrates people who stay busy with tasks tend to be happier than idle folks are. It also points to saying and doing things which are helpful to others as producing happiness for both the doer and the recipient. And, most importantly it demonstrates that exercises in gratitude, kindness and optimism can make people happier – but only if they keep doing them.

    Despite my circumstances, I do remind myself to make the choice to be happy each and every day. I try to seize every opportunity to do things that lift my spirits. I try to say and do things that will help others in practical ways and help elevate their mood into the happiness realm too.

    So I can affirm your aphorism, as making the choice to be active, to express myself creatively, and also to be helpful to others works for me. That's why I have established and remain faithful to happiness practices.

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  3. That makes perfectly good sense.

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  4. excellent! and so very true. we do not find that which we do not seek.

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  5. Since each of my 4 children were 15 - 16 years of age, I've always asked them waht the true meaning of happiness is. And we've laughed at all the cliches they can come up with. Eventually they get serious and try to give me an honest answer. This year, my eldest said that 'happiness is understanding the person she is evolving into'. I like that answer. It puts responsibility for our happiness into understanding ourselves and in knowing who we are. I think this is an important step before we pursue true happiness.

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  6. Also true, Marty--when you expect to see happiness, you are definitely more likely to find it. Same is true with unhappiness, of course.

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  7. I like Hunter's comment. Actually, I am happy most of the time, except I was very very sad when Precious died. Every day that I wake up gives me reason to be happy.

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  8. this is so true...after all happiness is made by you inside your own mind and heart!
    hugs
    lila

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  9. 'Most folks are just as happy as they make their minds up to be'

    taken from the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous.

    Like your aphorism marty, what that says to me is my attitude is paramount in determining my happiness.

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  10. To me happiness is not a bird or anything, it is a seed planted in our hearts, its up to you if you want to let it grow..

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  11. I agree with the Boreport.

    Thanks for your recent comment on my blog.

    Enjoy your Christmas

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