Monday, August 17, 2009

Happy Week - Day 1 - Inspiration

A fellow blogger, curiousgirl-lisa came up with a cool theme for us to blog about this week. The topic is Happiness.

I think for the most part, happiness is a state of mind. The power of positive thinking is critical. I find that reading quotes helps me keep my focus. I keep ones that I like in a folder and reach for it when I need motivation or to get back on track. One of the best that I can think of (from memory) is the saying that people are only as happy as they make up their mind to be. How true! Each day is what you make it.

Here is a quote from The Dalai Lama -

"The basic thing is that everyone wants happiness, no one wants suffering. And happiness mainly comes from our own attitude, rather than from external factors. If your own mental attitude is correct, even if you remain in a hostile atmosphere, you feel happy."

One must keep working hard to remain positive. Sometimes its easier to fall into negativity, especially when those around us are that way. It does take work to stay optimistic in a negative environment.

One of my favorite motivators is Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy, also known as SARK. If you have not seen her work, you must check it out. I love all the color and artistic elements tied with themes of happiness, creativity, and living a "juicy" life! See if the library has some of her books or sign up for her newsletter on the web. Here is a link to her fan page on Facebook.

Smiles everyone, smiles!


curious girl (lisa) said...

thank you for this reminder that happiness is a state of mind.

KimberlyRies said...

Thanks for the wonderful blogging theme this week Lisa!

Sara said...

Great theme! I think I will join you! I love those quotes, Kim. It's always good to keep a positive outlook!

kendalee said...

So true, and a great quotation!

Happy, Happy Week Monday to you! :)

Anonymous said...

Great quote and so true!

LifeIsArt said...

I love SARK too!!! Happy happy week!

Anairam said...

I do agree with those quotes - I have to say that I am mostly a happy person - it doesn't take a lot to lift me up! A strong coffee first thing in the morning, a funny blog post, a bit of lipstick, putting on a bracelet from a dear friend, and already I am happy, and I haven't even left the house yet!