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.
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!)
- Being Barefoot on the Grass
- Making Blanket Forts
- “Just Because” Gifts
- Ten Million Fireflies
- Root Beer Floats
- Smiling Faces
- Coloring with Crayons
- Bubble Baths
- Soft, Fresh Cookies
- 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