Monday, 5 March 2012

Happiness is …

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Happiness is … a little painting from the op shop by an unknown artist, with it’s chipped frame just adding to it’s beauty.

The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.”

- Henry Ward Beecher

“It is only possible to live happily ever after on a day to day basis.”

- Margaret Bonnano

 

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Happiness is.. getting to lick the bowl

“It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.”

- Charles Spurgeon

“Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of travelling.”

- M L Runbeck

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Happiness is… a child with a paint brush in hand.

“Happiness… lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.”

- Franklin D Roosevelt

You might have realised by now that I have a book of quotes about happiness – I also like these ones:

“There is this difference between happiness and wisdom, that he that thinks himself the happiest man, really is so; but he who thinks himself the wisest, is generally the greatest fool.”

- C C Colton

“Happiness is not the absence of problems; but the ability to deal with them.”

- Author unknown

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As a Christian, I believe that God does give us these good gifts and blessings in our day to day life to enjoy, however I also believe that while I can get some joy in these things, I can not count on them to give me lasting or eternal happiness.

I recently read an interesting blog post on the desiring God website comparing Jesus and Buddha’s thoughts on ultimate happiness.

- From the article: “Jesus and the Buddha agreed that pursuing ultimate happiness in transient things is futile. But they direct us to opposite solutions. The Buddha says satisfaction is treasuring no thing. Jesus says it is treasuring God.”

Philippians 3:8 (ESV)

“Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ.”

So, for me – I thank God that he has given me a healthy and happy family, pleasure in the simple things and most of all because he has shown me the source of true joy.

 

Jen x

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