For the last few years, I’ve devoted the final December Pause message to one key idea. Peace, joy, love, hope, kindness, grace, presence, gratitude, and contentment have all taken their turns in the spotlight.
This year my choice is happiness. There has been a ton of research done on happiness, and more than a few words printed on the subject. Launch a web search for happiness, and you’ll be rewarded with more than 400 million results. Trying to wade your way through that might wipe the smile off your face!
Some of the guidance on happiness suggests it’s something to be vigorously pursued. Another common point of view suggests happiness is a natural by-product of achieving things and contributing to the well-being of others.
What resonates most strongly for me is the idea that happiness already exists in our lives, and that we’d experience it more often if we only paused to pay closer attention.
So that is my year-end wish for you – that you find the space and make the time to savor those bits of happiness already enriching your life and your world.
Below you’ll find a sampling of quotes on happiness (quite a few by the prolific freelance writer, Robert Brault).
Pick a couple to keep you company as you make your way through the holiday season. Wishing you health and happiness in the days ahead.
Quotes On Happiness
Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, not because they never found it, but because they didn’t stop to enjoy it. – William Feather
We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements in life, when all we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about. – Charles Kingsley
I was well into middle age before it struck me that there was absolutely nothing to prevent me from being as happy as I wanted. – Robert Allen
You can look ahead to happiness, or you can look back on it, but it’s so hard to notice it to your left or right. – Robert Brault
Happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have. – Frederick Keonig
Be happy, and a reason will come along. – Robert Brault
Happiness is a direction, not a place. – Sydney J. Harris
Seeking happiness, I passed many travelers headed in the opposite direction, seeking happiness. – Robert Brault
Sometimes we don’t find the thing that will make us happy because we can’t give up the thing that was supposed to. – Robert Brault
I don’t think most people want to be unhappy. It’s just something they’ve gotten good at. – Robert Brault
Happiness is a conscious choice, not an automatic response. ~Mildred Barthelin Ensign
The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet. – James Openheim
If you’d like to take a peek at our 2016 Katz Christmas Photo Letter, this link will take you there.
From my family to yours…we wish you all the best for the holiday season and health, happiness and grand adventures in the year ahead.