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

Deutsch: Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948), polit...

Mahatma Gandhi

How often do we talk about happiness as if it was an elusive thing. We talk about it in the past.  I was so happy when my son got married.  I was so happy when my grandchildren were born and I saw them for the first time.  I was so happy when I had my children. I was happy when I saw a friend’s only child being born. How easy it is to realize what times in the past that we were happy!

Happiness is like the penny candy of our youth: we got a lot more for our money back when we had no money.

Mignon McLaughlin


Happiness (Photo credit: *The Boy From Cerrado)

Think about your life now.  What makes you happy? It could be a good meal with a spouse, family or friends. It could be getting a good doctor’s report. Or getting a text from someone saying he/she is staying away from tanning beds, and using 60 SPF sunscreen. Or getting a good mark on an exam. Going on a trip which is enlightening and relaxing. So many events can be possible catalysts for happiness. Winning a race/marathon. Getting a bouquet of flowers from a sweetheart. Many things/happenings can put a smile on your face and make you realize that you really are happy in this particular moment. It is different for each person, although there may be overlapping events that we all treasure.


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

-Robert Brault

When are you over the moon happy? Perhaps when you find a new love. Or the honeymoon phase of marriage.  Weeks after you win the millions of dollars. Finishing high school or university or walking across that stage to get your diploma. Finishing that last round of chemo or radiation. Each person may have their own threshold of happiness. What makes one person ecstatic may not have the same effect on another person.

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

Maxim Gorky

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Some quirky advice from one fellow human to another:

  • Find what makes you happy and share it with others
  • Make that bucket list for tomorrow and next week, not the next 25 years
  • Talk to others about what makes them happy, and try some of their golden advice
  • Go walk through a park and appreciate the beauty of nature
  • Take a hundred bucks of your hard earned money and treat yourself(or $1000)
  • Read books that inspire you, not books that you forget as soon as you have them read
  • Treat others as you like to be treated
  • Surprise that special some one with one of the things that makes him/her happy
  • Read some poetry to find a favorite poem; or read short stories to find a favorite one
  • Read to your loved one and allow him/her to do the same for you
  • Make plans for holidays and outings that satisfy the family
  • Count your blessings each day and document in a journal
  • Plan an adventure that you have never done before



About Newfoundland Traveller

I'm a Newfoundlander with a love of reading, writing and travelling. I've travelled around our province and lived in four provinces of Canada. I love a good book and a good blog. My family means the world to me, and some day I hope to travel to many countries of the world with my husband and sons' families.
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10 Responses to Happiness

  1. There have been times in my life when happiness was just not being sad. This is a thought provoking piece, Pauline. |I enjoyed reading it.
    Joy is what I call those moments of intense positive emotion, a high, if you will. Happiness is a more peaceful state of mind when everything just feels right. Of course I am speaking my thoughts on it which may be different from any one else’s.

  2. Darlene says:

    Some great quotes on Happiness. Thanks! Here is another one for you which I believe to be true, “Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”
    Abraham Lincoln

  3. engchick23 says:

    Thanks for sharing your list! I especially love the idea of making a bucket list for the right now, rather than planning things for the days and years you may not get. Besides, how is a life spent but one day at a time? Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  4. ethelthedean says:

    What an inspired post. Thank you so much for sharing this!

    I am sitting in front of a fire, doing the NTY crossword. It definitely makes me happy 🙂

    • Often it’s the little things that make me happy. A nice cup of coffee or green tea, a slice of homemade bread toasted, a dish of fresh fruit, a call from a friend, a thank you card, and the list goes on and on! Thanks for commenting!

  5. Pingback: Day 13-Happiness is … the ultimate answer (but you’re not going to like it) « 365waystobehappy

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