Motivational Monday (March 28, 2016)

“Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.” –Martin Luther King Jr.

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” –J.R.R. Tolkien

“Laughter is poison to fear.” –George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones


Motivational Monday (March 21, 2016)

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” –Marcel Proust

“Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love – a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.” –Mother Teresa

“Dragonflies symbolize our ability to overcome times of hardship. They can remind us to take time to reconnect with our own strength, courage and happiness.” –Unknown

Motivational Monday (March 14, 2015)

“Learn to value yourself, which means: fight for your happiness.” –Ayn Rand

“The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up.” –Mark Twain

“Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.” –Mother Teresa

Motivational Monday (February 8, 2016)

“Happiness grows at your own firesides, and it is not to be picked in the strangers’ gardens.” –Douglas Jerrold

“No matter where you are, no matter how difficult things may appear to be, you are always being moved toward magnificence. Always.” –Unknown

“Beauty comes from a life well lived. If you’ve lived well, your smile lines are in the right places, and your frown lines aren’t too bad, what more do you need?” –Jennifer Garner

Motivational Monday (December 14, 2015)

“We can lift ourselves, and others as well, when we refuse to remain in the realm of negative thought and cultivate within our hearts an attitude of gratitude.” -Thomas S. Monson

“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.” –Denis Waitley

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive, to breath, to think, to enjoy, to love.” –Marcus Aurelius

Motivational Monday (October 12, 2015)

“No man is happy who does not think himself so.” –Publilius Syrus, Maxim

“The supreme happiness of life is the conviction we are loved.” –Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays

“Always Have… Always Will”

“All moments, past, present, and future, always have existed, always will exist” (Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five, 27) if that is true, or at least an interesting new thought, shouldn’t/can’t we take joy in things that have given us joy in the past? This idea made me attempt to collect the memories of simple things that made me smile this week:

-my new houndstooth purse (from Sam Moon)

-cuddles with my 18 year old cat

-a quick (but wildly successful) trip to Half Price Books

-getting a new bottle of mouthwash (I know, I’m a real cheap date)

-an exclusive, one-day-only 20% off coupon (at miniatures.com) for furnishings for my Victorian dollhouse

-a good sour pickle

-seeing the “Gotham” building in downtown Austin

-seeing many dragonflies throughout the week

-old favorites [songs] that come up when my iPod is on Shuffle

-finding nuggets of wisdom in old books

-spending my grandma’s 86th birthday with her and all of the funny things she said

What made you smile this week? Did recalling those moments make you feel the initial joy again?