Happiness is Determined by What We Hold Dear

 “If more of us valued food and cheer and song over hoarded gold it would be a merrier world.” – Thorin Oakenshield / JRR Tolkein This quote was spoken by Thorin Oakenshield, the leader of the Dwarves from JRR Tolkein’s fantasy novel, The Hobbit. These words were spoken upon Thorin’s deathbed as he begged forgivenessContinue reading “Happiness is Determined by What We Hold Dear”

Happiness Thought for the Day: It begins in the mind

 “It is the mind that maketh good or ill, That maketh wretch or happy, rich or poor.” – Edmund Spenser Consider this your daily reminder that happiness is a choice not a reaction. Two people can be faced with the exact same circumstances but it is the one who has made the decision in hisContinue reading “Happiness Thought for the Day: It begins in the mind”

Possession does not bring us Happiness

Yesterday I discussed one of my father’s favorite sayings about graveyards being full of indispensable people, finding that it was originally said by Charles de Gaulle. Today I have another one of my father’s witticisms that I believe is relevant to this blog. I cannot find any evidence of anyone else having said it soContinue reading “Possession does not bring us Happiness”

Happiness Thought for the Day: We aren't as important as we think

My father is fond of saying “graveyards are full of indispensable people.” For as long as I can remember this been one of his favorite quotes and most succinctly stated thoughts about life. When he would say this I would roll my eyes, as children tend to do when their parents are trying to teachContinue reading “Happiness Thought for the Day: We aren't as important as we think”

Happiness Thought for the Day: Be Free

“Man’s life begins when he wakens to his freedom.” Alan Watts I recently finished reading “The Meaning of Happiness” by Alan Watts. In the spirit of full transparency, his level of intellect, wisdom, and knowledge drastically surpasses my own and as such I am cautious in my attempts to communicate his thoughts. I will beContinue reading “Happiness Thought for the Day: Be Free”