Where Do You Find Happiness?

I have always felt that people should spend more time looking around for simple things to bring them happiness. It seems to me that most people are too negative.  Negativity is laziness. It requires almost no effort to find something to be unhappy about. But sometimes you have to look really hard for happiness. In that vain here are a bunch of quotes on delight for some inspiration on where to find it.

Love is but the discovery of ourselves in others, and the delight in the recognition.
– Alexander Smith, 1830 – 1867

When you look up at the sky, you have a feeling of unity, which delights you and makes you giddy.
– Ferdinand Hodler, 1853 – 1918

To me travel is a triple delight: anticipation, performance, and recollection.
– Ilka Chase, 1900 – 1978

To show a child what once delighted you, to find the child’s delight added to your own – this is happiness.
– John Boynton Priestley, 1894 – 1984

What we don’t need to know for achievement, we need to know for our pleasure. Knowing how things work is the basis for appreciation, and is thus a source of civilized delight.
– William Safire, 1929 – 2009

Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn’t people feel as free to delight in whatever sunlight remains to them?
– Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, 1890 – 1995

There is in this world no real delight (excepting those of sensuality), but exchange of ideas in conversation.
– Samuel Johnson, 1709 – 1784

T. E. Lawrence Quotes

All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are the dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible. This I did.

It is difficult to keep quiet when everything is being done wrong, but the less you lose your temper the greater your advantage. Also then you will not go mad yourself.

This is kinda subjective. Sometimes keeping your mouth shut is precisely what causes madness, but I guess true sanity is finding the happy medium WLT
Nine-tenths of tactics are certain, and taught in books: but the irrational tenth is like the kingfisher flashing across the pool, and that is the test of generals.

The Beduin could not look for God within him: he was too sure that he was within God.

With two thousand years of examples behind us, we have no excuses when fighting for not fighting well.

Is this a nice way of saying kick butt and take names or if it’s worth fighting for, intend to win? I know I certainly do. I never fight if I know I can’t win. But that doesn’t mean I’m not going to figure out how to win and strategically pick my time to do so. WLT

I prefer lies to truth, especially when the lies are about me.

This one makes me kinda sad, because most of humankind is just this delusional. Give me the truth, but do it kindly. WLT
T. E. Lawrence, 1888 – 1935

Smile and the World Smiles With You

Thought I would pass on some of my collection of quotes about smiles. There are a lot of them here.

Today, give a stranger one of your smiles.  It might be the only sunshine he sees all day.  ~Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

A smile confuses an approaching frown.  ~Author Unknown

People seldom notice old clothes if you wear a big smile.  ~Lee Mildon

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

Smile.  Have you ever noticed how easily puppies make human friends?  Yet all they do is wag their tails and fall over.  ~Walter Anderson, The Confidence Course, 1997

The world always looks brighter from behind a smile.  ~Author Unknown

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

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

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

Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.  ~Mark Twain, Following the Equator

A smile is the light in the window of your face that tells people you’re at home.  ~Author Unknown

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

If you smile at someone, they might smile back.  ~Author Unknown

Life is like a mirror, we get the best results when we smile at it.  ~Author Unknown

Always remember to be happy because you never know who’s falling in love with your smile.  ~Author Unknown

Everyone smiles in the same language.  ~Author Unknown

If you don’t have a smile, I’ll give you one of mine.  ~Author Unknown

I’ve never seen a smiling face that was not beautiful.  ~Author Unknown

Wear a smile and have friends; wear a scowl and have wrinkles.  ~George Eliot

She gave me a smile I could feel in my hip pocket.  ~Raymond Chandler

Smiling is infectious,
You can catch it like the flu.
Someone smiled at me today,
And I started smiling too.
~Author Unknown

A smile appeared upon her face as if she’d taken it directly from her handbag and pinned it there.  ~Loma Chandler

A laugh is a smile that bursts.  ~Mary H. Waldrip

Smile – sunshine is good for your teeth.  ~Author Unknown

The shortest distance between two people is a smile.  ~Author Unknown

If you don’t start out the day with a smile, it’s not too late to start practicing for tomorrow.  ~Author Unknown

Smiling is my favorite exercise.  ~Author Unknown

Wear a smile – one size fits all.  ~Author Unknown

No matter how grouchy you’re feeling,
You’ll find the smile more or less healing.
It grows in a wreath
All around the front teeth –
Thus preserving the face from congealing.
~Anthony Euwer

Every day you spend without a smile, is a lost day.  ~Author Unknown

Everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.  ~Mother Teresa

A friendly look, a kindly smile, one good act, and life’s worthwhile.  ~Author Unknown

A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles.  ~Washington Irving

Beauty is power; a smile is its sword.  ~Charles Reade

A smile is the universal welcome.  ~Max Eastman

Keep smiling – it makes people wonder what you’ve been up to.  ~Author Unknown

You’re never fully dressed without a smile.  ~Martin Charnin

A smile can brighten the darkest day.  ~Author Unknown

It takes seventeen muscles to smile and forty-three to frown.  ~Author Unknown

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

All the statistics in the world can’t measure the warmth of a smile.  ~Chris Hart

If you would like to spoil the day for a grouch, give him a smile.  ~Author Unknown

Smile – it increases your face value.  ~Author Unknown

Peace begins with a smile.  ~Mother Teresa

A smile is a powerful weapon; you can even break ice with it.  ~Author Unknown

Most smiles are started by another smile.  ~Author Unknown

A smile is something you can’t give away; it always comes back to you.  ~Author Unknown

A smile costs nothing but gives much.  It enriches those who receive without making poorer those who give.  It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever.  None is so rich or mighty that he cannot get along without it and none is so poor that he cannot be made rich by it.  Yet a smile cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is something that is of no value to anyone until it is given away.  Some people are too tired to give you a smile.  Give them one of yours, as none needs a smile so much as he who has no more to give.  ~Author Unknown

It takes a lot of work from the face to let out a smile, but just think what good smiling can bring to the most important muscle of the body… the heart.  ~Author Unknown

~ All people smile in the same language. ~
Proverb

~ Wear a smile and have friends; wear a scowl and have wrinkles. What do we live for if not to make the world less difficult for each other? ~
George Eliot

~ Nobody needs a smile so much as the one who has none to give. So get used to smiling heart-warming smiles, and you will spread sunshine in a sometimes dreary world. ~
Lawrence G. Lovasik

These last few are some of my favorites, possibly because we have a saying in our family that you never let your enemy know that they have gotten the better of you if you smile at them.

And we have a personality quirk that only those close to us know; if we smile at you when we are angry, you are about to have your head removed. I believe that comes from our Native American ancestry. I have read many accounts of Indians smiling at their enemies while in combat.

~ Anyone who has a continuous smile on his face conceals a toughness that is almost frightening. ~   Greta Garbo

~ If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work. ~
Thich Nhat Hanh

*The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief.  ~William Shakespeare, Othello
~ Beauty is power; a smile is its sword. ~
John Ray

Self Imposed Stress

Lately, I have felt so overwhelmed with things to worry about. I have decided to put the brakes on and try to put a name on my individual stressors and see if they are worth being stressed about and if I can do something to make things better or accept that some things are beyond my abilities to fix.

The first thing I discovered is that I worry too much about what might or could happen. O.K., I already knew that, but chose not to acknowledge it.

I am going for a scavenger hunt to find greater wisdom on this problem. Check back and see what I find.

BTW, If you have any words of wisdom, I’ll be glad to take them under advisement.

UNCATEGORIZED

A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.

Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.

If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, we have at least to consider the possibility that we have a small aquatic bird of the family anatidae on our hands.

My doctor says that I have a malformed public-duty gland and a natural deficiency in moral fibre, and that I am therefore excused from saving Universes.

This planet has – or rather had – a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movements of small green pieces of paper, which is odd because on the whole it wasnt the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy.

Totally mad. Utter nonsense. But we’ll do it because it’s brilliant nonsense.
– All from Douglas Noel Adams, 1952 – 2001

WISDOM AND FOOLISHNESS-ALBERT EINSTEIN

Anger dwells only in the bosom of fools.

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage – to move in the opposite direction.

Before God we are equally wise – and equally foolish.

Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.

The difference between what the most and the least learned people know is inexpressibly trivial in relation to that which is unknown.
– All from Albert Einstein, 1879 – 1955