The Secret to Happiness

Happiness has more to do with what you do with what you have than with what you have.
Dr. Bob Rotella

Happiness is like perfume; you can’t pour it on somebody else without getting a few drops on yourself.
James Van Der Zee

Happiness is a byproduct of something greater, not an end in itself. Happiness cannot be pursued and caught, anymore than one can pursue a sunny day, put it in a bottle, and then bring it out on a rainy day to enjoy. True happiness comes from a different pursuit – the pursuit of God.
Billy Graham

There is no key to happiness. The door is always open.

I believe the recipe for happiness to be just enough money to pay the monthly bills, a little surplus to give you confidence, a little too much work each day, enthusiasm for your work, a substantial share of good health, a couple of real friends and a wife and children to share life’s beauty with you.
J. Kenfield Morley

Do the Impossible

When we’re surrounded by things that look impossible, making a simple choice to do something that’s possible is a powerful thing to do.
Melody Beattie

Impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools.
Napoléon Bonaparte

God loves with a great love the man whose heart is bursting with a passion for the impossible.
William Booth

To achieve all that is possible, we must attempt the impossible.
John Maxwell

The most rewarding things you do in life are often the ones that look like they cannot be done.
Arnold Palmer

Overcome Fear

The most drastic and usually the most effective remedy for fear is direct action.
William Burnham

When you face your fear, most of the time you will discover that it was not really such a big threat after all.
Les Brown

Anyone can conquer fear by doing the things he fears to do, provided he keeps doing them until he gets a record of successful experiences behind him.
Eleanor Roosevelt

I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.
Psalm 34:4

Fear is an illusion. You think something is standing in your way, but nothing is really there. What is there is an opportunity to do your best and gain some success. If it turns out my best isn’t good enough, then at least I’ll never be able to look back and say I was too afraid to try.
Michael Jordan


It’s hard to dislike people for whom we pray.
H.L. Sidney Lear

Prayer is not only asking, but an attitude of mind which produces the atmosphere in which asking is perfectly natural.
Oswald Chambers

It may be that he can only sigh, stammer, and mutter. But as long as it is a request brought before God, God will hear it and understand it.
Karl Barth

The greatest tragedy is not an unanswered prayer, but an unoffered prayer.

I believe the old cliché, “God helps those who help themselves,” is not only misleading but often dead wrong. My most spectacular answers to prayers have come when I was so helpless, so out of control as to be able to do nothing at all for myself.
Catherine Marshall

How to Be a Leader

If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then you are an excellent leader.
Dolly Parton

A true and safe leader is likely to be one who has no desire to lead, but is forced into a position of leadership by the inward pressure of the Holy Spirit and the press of the external situations.
A.W. Tozer

Leadership is not just one quality but rather a blend of many qualities, and while no one individual possesses all of the needed talents that go into leadership, each man can develop a combination to make him a leader.
Vince Lombardi

If Jesus is the model, then the coach is truly a servant of his players. He may be a disciplinarian and stern at times; however, his primary motivation from a spiritual perspective is to serve and to care for those with whom he has been entrusted.
Tom Osborne

The Adversity Advantage

Pain is only temporary. . . the benefits last forever.
Jack Canfield

You have to have faith that there is a reason you go through certain things. I can’t say I am glad to go through pain, but in a way one must, in order to gain courage and really feel joy.
Carol Burnett

Comfort and prosperity have never enriched the world as much as adversity. Out of pain and problems have come the sweetest song, the most touching poems, the most gripping stories and inspiring lives.
Billy Graham

There is no normal life that is free of pain. It’s the very wrestling with our problems that can be the impetus for our growth.
Fred Rogers

The real irony is this: some of the happiest, most joy-filled people I know are people who have been through some of the worst pain in the world. I don’t know exactly why that happens, but this is my guess: once we’re no longer afraid to feel any feeling that comes our way, we really do become happy, joyous and free.
Melody Beattie

A Happy Marriage

No one can continually ignore considerate, loving actions. If you make your mate feel special, you increase his or her desire to do the same for you.
Gary and Norma Smalley

Often the difference between a successful marriage and a mediocre one consists of leaving about three or four things a day unsaid.
Harlan Miller

Only a marriage formed of love, compassion, trust, service, caring and mutual respect will thrive and stay alive. If you do not serve your family, you are not qualified to lead your family.
Todd Duncan

To keep your marriage brimming,
With love in the loving cup,
When you’re wrong, admit it.
When you’re right, shut up.
Ogden Nash

I guess one of the greatest gifts a father can give a son is the example of how to treat your wife. My parents had their share of disagreements, as any couple married for more than forty years would have. But he always treated my mother with the utmost respect. It was obvious how much he loved her by the caring way he spoke to her and consulted her on big decisions.
Pat LaFontaine