Category Archives: Joy and Happiness

Worry

When we worry about going broke, getting sick or losing face, our focus is on ourselves. One way to reduce worrying is to shift gears, and focus on how you can help someone else.
Dr. Suzanne Zoglio

Worry is the antithesis of trust. You simply cannot do both.
Elisabeth Elliot

There is nothing that wastes the body like worry, and one who has any faith in God should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever.
Mahatma Gandhi

If you worry, you didn’t pray. If you pray, don’t worry.
Anonymous

A man ninety years old was asked to what he attributed his longevity. “I reckon,” he said, with a twinkle in his eye, “it’s because most nights I went to bed and slept when I should have sat up and worried.”
Dorothea Kent

Today Is the Day

I will work when failures seek rest. I will act now for now is all I have. Tomorrow is the day reserved for the labor of the lazy. I am not lazy. Tomorrow is the day when the failure will succeed. I am not a failure. I will act now. Success will not wait.
Og Mandino

Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.
Reginna Brett

Now, gentlemen, let us do something today which the world may talk of hereafter.
Cuthbert Collingwood

Why should we need extra time in which to enjoy ourselves? If we expect to enjoy our life, we will have to learn to be joyful in all of it, not just at stated intervals when we can get time or when we have nothing else to do.
Laura Ingalls Wilder

I will forget the happenings of the day that is gone, where they were good or bad, and greet the new sun with confidence that this will be the best day of my life.
Og Mandino

Enjoy Life

Life is for enjoying. It is not a race to see how much you can get done.
Jill Clark

Life will sometimes hand you a magical moment. Savor it.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Do not miss a day’s enjoyment or forgo your share of innocent pleasures.
— Apocrypha: Ecclesiasticus

Every minute that goes by is a minute that’s lost if we don’t enjoy it. Your life can be as exciting as you want it to be. I love my life.
Dot Richardson

The true way to live is to enjoy every moment as it passes, and surely it is in the everyday things around us that the beauty of life lies.
Laura Ingalls Wilder

Finding Contentment

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you don’t have; remember that what you now have was once among the things only hoped for.
Epicurus

Contentment is achieved only in the absence of envy.
Tim Kimmel

More than once I heard Mother say, if we couldn’t be happy here in this house, we’d never be happy anywhere.
Henry Ford

To be content with what we possess is the greatest and most secure of riches.
Cicero

He who is not contented with little will never be satisfied with much.
Thomas Brooks

Dogs

I have found that when you are deeply troubled, there are things you get from the silent devoted companionship of a dog that you can get from no other source.
Doris Day

Give a boy a dog and you’ve furnished him a playmate.
Berton Braley

Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring – it was peace.
Milan Kundera

No symphony orchestra ever played music like a two-year-old girl laughing with a puppy.
Bern Williams

The friendship of a dog is precious. It becomes even more so when one is so far removed from home. I have a Scottie. In him I find consolation and diversion. He is the one person to whom I can talk without the conversation coming back to war.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

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.
Anonymous

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

Worry

Life follows the 95/5 rule. Ninety-five percent of what we worry about will never happen. And 95 percent of the time, if it does happen, the anticipation has been far worse than the reality.
Roger Crawford

Every morning I spend fifteen minutes filling my mind full of God, so there’s no room left for worry thoughts.
Howard Christy

I try to only worry about things I have control over.
Steve Nash

All worry is caused by calculating without God.
Oswald Chambers

Work doesn’t make a person tired, worry does. It saps your energy and attacks your dreams. It tries to make you believe you can’t succeed when success is almost within your grasp. Win over worry, and you’ll find that victory is at hand.
John Maxwell