24. September 2013 by swissfitchick
Hi! I’m Miss Polkadot and I blog over at Let’s get living. As a long-time reader of Lucie’s blog I feel so honoured she’s allowing me to share some of my ponderings while she’s enjoying herself on holiday soaking up the Spanish sunshine. Let’s try not to be too jealous of her, okay ;)? Because jealousy doesn’t promote happiness – and happiness is the name of the game here today.
One of the mottos I follow in life and on my blog is “Not every day is a happy day but there’s at least a spark of happiness in every day. Catch the spark and make it the one thing you remember most of that day”.
Not only am I constantly searching for those sparks of happiness – I’m also a bit of a language fiend. That’s why I decided to combine the two in my post and share some of my favourite sayings and quotes that inspire happiness with you. Always [more or less freely] interpreting their significance and statement related to finding happiness. While some days are naturally filled with happiness some need a little inspiration – and that’s where I get by with a little help from happiness quotes :).
Stop and smell the flowers: Slow down. It’s easy to overlook those little bits of happiness in every day when we’re constantly on the run. Happiness isn’t always the elephant in the room but sometimes the caterpillar on its way to becoming a gorgeous butterfly. Give it the chance to be seen.
For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.: One I like to remind myself of whenever I’m grieving little mishaps for longer than necessary. Think about whether being angry will change the situation for the better. Sometimes letting out all frustration [write it down!] is helpful but at other times truly just a waste of time.
People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be: Choose to see the positives in every situation. Don’t say “I’ll be happy when …”. You can be happy at every given moment not depending on outer circumstances. Happiness truly comes from within.
Count your life by smiles, not tears: Life isn’t always sunshine and rainbows. But the rain in between isn’t everlasting. Don’t let times of sadness, not reaching your goals or struggles get you down. Recognize and accept them. Allow yourself to be unhappy at times – it’s natural. But don’t let these sad times take up too much room in your memories. Instead, remember the happy times that followed the sad. Filling your mind with happy memories makes getting through rough times easier.
Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom: All too often we forget to be thankful for the blessings that surround us every day: friends and family. Whenever I’m feeling alone with my problems, stuck – I remind myself of all the amazing people in my life. Even if I can’t be with them in person all of the time I know I can count on them.
… and here are some sayings I disagree with so I hope you’ll allow me to change them a litte – all for the sake of happiness :).
Don’t count your chickens before they hatch: This one usually comes with a negative connotation but I like to see it in a positive context. Sure, it’s true that things can change for the worse at a moment when you don’t expect it anymore. But when it comes to finding things to be happy about I’ve more often than not found that they can sneak in at the very latest time still. Give happiness the chance to sneak into your day until the very moment you go to bed. It’s worth keeping your eyes open for those sparks of joy – literally at times.
Think big: When it comes to happiness it’s “think small” to me. Find joy in the little everyday things: waking up to sunshine. Enjoying your cup of coffee on a calm morning. Reading a good book. It’s not always thehuge achievement or happening in life but the small moments of bliss. Personally, I’d rather choose to experience more of these small joys regularly than large ones only every now and then – thereby making happiness much more achievable.
And a last one to keep in mind:
Because what’s even more inspiring than quotes are happy people. Go out and share your happiness with others!
Thanks for letting me take over your blog for today, Lucie! One more reason to be happy :).
What are some of your favourite inspirational quotes?
Which small things made you happy today?