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As Seattleites, we have experienced more than our fair share of distress lately. I wrote this lighthearted blog with the hope that it will put smiles on the faces of those who may read it.

Wendi Fracasso on June 4th, 2012 @ 09:00 AM 1 comment

Aristotle declared happiness to be the summum bonum = the supreme good.

Blaise Pascal argued, “All men seek happiness. This is without exception. Whatever different means they employ, they all tend to this end.”

According to Wikipedia, “Happiness is a mental or emotional state of well-being characterized by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy.” This was the best definition I could find.

Do we really need a definition? Don’t we just know when we’re happy?

Here’s a list of some things that make most of us happy:

  • Moonlight Talks (this was how I realized my husband is “the one”)
  • Good Friends
  • Baby Monkeys
  • Walking or Running along the Beach
  • Disney Theme Parks (I was at Disney World last week!)
  • Good Music
  • Pretty Flowers (they are blooming everywhere!)
  • Snuggling
  • Being Barefoot on the Grass
  • Making Blanket Forts
  • Unicorns
  • “Just Because” Gifts
  • Ten Million Fireflies
  • Root Beer Floats
  • Smiling Faces
  • Coloring with Crayons
  • Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
  • Bubble Baths
  • Soft, Fresh Cookies
  • Rainbows
  • Jumping in a Pile of Autumn Leaves
  • New Shoes
  • Funny Pictures
  • Being Silly

I’ll end this blog with another quote: “Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.” ~Nathaniel Hawthorne

1 comment

Sasha on June 6th, 2012 at 09:00 AM

Wendi, this post made me happy to read! You are a shining star. Thank you for being you!

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