I have a very humble garden on my balcony. The other day I was transfixed by the beauty of this lavender flower. Despite many many blessings in my life, I often allow little things to rob me of joy and get me depressed, irritated, anxious or stressed. My friend Anna J got a phrase stuck in my mind a while ago- "Attitude of Gratitude!" and I've been repeating it to myself as a cure for whenever I feel tempted to complain. Here are my favourite happiness quotes:
I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.
Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them.
The only way to avoid being miserable is not to have enough leisure to wonder whether you are happy or not. ~George Bernard Shaw
Happiness is not having what you want. It is wanting what you have. – Unknown
"Ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be made full." John 16:24
The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up. ~Mark Twain
"The joy of the Lord is your strength." Nehemiah 8:10
Here's a photo of a little person that gives me great joy. Photo (and chook) courtesy of my sister.