Category Archives: Joy and Happiness

Great Joy

Joy bursts in our lives when we go about doing the good at hand and not trying to manipulate things and times to achieve joy.
C.S. Lewis

Our joy ends where love of the world begins.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Always let them think of you as singing and dancing.
Anita Brookner

Taking joy in life is a woman’s best cosmetic.
Rosalind Russell

When I think of God, my heart is so filled with joy that the notes fly off as from a spindle.
Joseph Haydin

Worry

Worry is like sitting in a rocking chair. It will give you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere.
Vance Havner

Little minds have little worries. Big minds have no room for worries.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

I never want to dwell on spilled milk or worry about something that’s not life threatening.
Nick Price

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Philippians 4:6

Worry distorts our thinking, disrupts our work, disquiets our soul, disturbs our body, disfigures our face. It destroys our friends, demoralizes our life, defeats our faith and debilitates our energy.
William Ward

The Right Pace

Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.
St. Francis de Sales

Our sense of God’s presence is often in inverse proportion to the pace of our lives.
Richard Swenson

To climb steep hills requires a slow pace at first.
William Shakespeare

Slow down. It requires a shift in focus from the demanding task at hand, and you may have to remind yourself about what your priorities really are, but your whole family will benefit. The dishes may sit in the sink a little longer, or that load of laundry may go undone for another day, but were they really more important than sharing a bedtime story with your preschooler and talking about her day?
Judy Ford

Possessions

Surround yourself with living things: people, pets and plants. They’re the best anecdote for a material-driven culture.
Paula Jhung

I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess.
Corrie ten Boom

Possessions are very nice to have, to enjoy, to share. But if you find even one that you can’t live without – hasten to give it away. Your very freedom depends on it.
Conrad Hilton

Do not try to live up to your neighbors. They are only interested in their possessions, not yours.
Barbara Bush

If you focus on things, and the acquisition of things, your drive to acquire them will often be in spite of the good things you should be acquiring on the inside. People who concentrate on the acquisition of material things take shortcuts to acquire them and skip the steps necessary to build long-term attitude in exchange for short-term self-gratification.
Jeffrey Gitomer

The Secret to Happiness

Try to be happy in this very present moment; don’t wait for a better day.
Thomas Fuller

When you’re not thinking about yourself, you’re usually happy.
Al Pacino

One can get just as much exultation in losing oneself in a little thing as in a big thing. It is nice to think how one can be recklessly lost in a daisy.
Anne Lindbergh

God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.
C.S. Lewis

If you observe a really happy man, you will find him building a boat, writing a symphony, educating his son or growing double dahlias. He will not be searching for happiness as if it were a collar button that had rolled under the radiator, striving for it as the goal itself. He will have become aware that he is happy in the course of living life twenty-four crowded hours of each day.
Beran Wolfe

The Downside of Success

There must be more to life than having everything.
Maurice Sendak

A pedestal is as much a prison as any small, confined space.
Gloria Steinem

The funny thing about success is that without your faith, the more successful you get, the bigger the hole in your heart gets.
Chuck Norris

Winning is like drinking salt water; it will never quench your thirst. It is an insatiable greed.
Thomas Tutko

If you are finding your contentment and happiness in your accomplishments, or from the amount of money and possessions you own, I am here to tell you, it doesn’t last.
Paul Azinger

Purpose

You weren’t an accident. You weren’t mass produced. You aren’t an assembly-line product. You were deliberately planned, specifically gifted and lovingly positioned on the Earth by the Master Craftsman.
Max Lucado

It is better to have faith in a cause that will ultimately succeed than to succeed in a cause that will ultimately fail.
Bobby Bowden

Every man is born with the ability to do something well. This is what the Lord intended him to do. Using that ability – that’s what life is all about.
George Allen

God requires a faithful fulfillment of the merest trifle given us to do, rather than the most ardent aspiration to things to which we are not called.
St. Francis de Sales

What men call training and preparation, God calls the end. God’s end is to enable me to see that He can walk on the waves of the chaos of my life just now. If we have a further end in view, we do not pay sufficient attention to the immediate present: if we realize that obedience is the end, then each moment as it comes is precious.
Oswald Chambers