Too often people want what they want what they think they want, which is usually “happiness” in one form or another) right now. The irony of their impatience is that only by learning to wait, and by a willingness to accept the bad with the good, do we usually attain those things that are truly
Lead the life that will make you kindly and friendly to everyone about you, and you will be surprised what a happy life you will lead.
Ten Commandments for a Happy Family by Msgr Ted Wojcicki
Share family meals – include time for conversation. Eating meals only in van or in front of fridge or TV is isolating, deflates trust, and promotes loneliness.
No portable electronic devices allowed at dining room table, at family meals in restaurants, or in children’s
A friend is someone who shares your happiness and your pains.
Here are ten resolutions to make when you awake in the morning.
They are Just for One Day. Think of them not as a life task but as a day’s work.
These things will give you pleasure. Yet they require will power. You don’t need resolutions to do what is easy.
1. Just for Today, I will try
The Little House books are stories of long ago. The way we live and your schools are much different now, so many changes have made living and learning easier. But the real things haven’t changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy
Remember, it is not the things you have that make you happy. It is the love and kindness and helping each other and just plain being good.
Dishonest people are not happy; unchaste people are not happy; angry people, impatient people, lazy people or proud people are not happy.
Precepts or maximums are of great weight; and a few useful ones at hand do more toward a happy life than whole volumes that we know not where to find.
The only way to be satisfied and happy is to love freely, without expecting recompense, to forgive the evil that has been done to us and not demand anything for the good we do to others. This is really the path of freedom of heart.
To achieve happiness, we should make certain that we are never without an important goal.
If we magnified blessings as much as we magnify disappointments, we would all be much happier.
The Celestial Surgeon
If I have faltered more or less
In my great task of happiness;
If I have moved among my race
And shown no glorious morning face;
If beams from happy human eyes
Have moved me not; if morning skies,
Books, and my food, and summer rain
Knocked on my sullen heart in vain:-
Lord, thy most pointed pleasure take
And stab my
It is the power of making the world happy, or at least of so greatly diminishing the amount of unhappiness in it as to make it quite a different world from what it is at present. This power is called kindness. The worst kinds of unhappiness, as well as the greatest amount of it, come
…the man who finds most pleasure for himself is often the man who least hunts for it.
Humility leaves us free to obey happily. So long as we yield humbly to another we overcome ourselves in our hearts, we overcome our own selfishness and break its enslaving bonds.
The joy of life is living it, or so it seems to me;
In finding shackles on your wrists, then struggling till you’re free;
In seeing wrongs and righting them, in dreaming splendid dreams,
Then toiling till the vision is as real as moving streams.
The happiest mortal on the earth is he who ends his day
By leaving better
A happy man is too satisfied with the present to dwell too much on the future.