Thursday, May 14, 2009

The Happiest People

I once received this small devotional book as a gift. Filled with lovely artwork, there are thoughtful quotes and anecdotes. One such anecdote tells the story that a newspaper in England once asked a question of its readers: "Who are the happiest people on the earth?"

According to the article, these were the four prize-winning answers:
1. A little child building sand castles;
2. A craftsman or artist whistling over a job well done;
3. A mother bathing her baby after a busy day;
4. A doctor who has finished a difficult and dangerous operation that saved a human life.
W. Beran Wolfe once said, "If you observe a really happy man you will find him building a boat, writing a symphony, educating his son, growing double dahlias in his garden... He will not be striving for it as a goal in itself. He will have become aware that he is happy in the course of living life twenty-four crowded hours at a time."

So, here's to those every day experiences that bring true happiness to your own life!



  1. Do you notice that those four things can all be classified as creative doings; the child using the kind of nothingness of sand to design the castle, the artist whistling in satisfaction over a canvas no longer blank, the mother caring for the baby that started from teeny-tiny specks of matter, and the doctor "reorganizing" a human body to maintain and prolong life. It speaks loudly to me of a loving and happy Creator, looking at His creation and saying "It's good!"

  2. And I am determined not to allow this gloomy day to spoil my happiness!

  3. wishing you a HAPPY day...

  4. Kathy -- I enjoyed your observations! Neat!

    Karin -- Yes, Let's hold with both hands our joyful decision not to allow ourselves to get 'under the weather'.

  5. My husband doesn't consider himself a "creative" person, but when I hear him whistling in the shop as he constructs a piece of furniture for me, or putters away at repairs, I know that he is. The whistling cannot be summoned - it comes as a result of enjoying the moment.

    What a great post. I'm going to copy out that quote for my quote book!

    Take joy in today's moments!


  6. happiness is our attitude toward life with all it's ups and downs.

  7. Happiness is within each of us. I think it comes from being content with what you have and being thankful for all the blessings God has given you.
    My day starts with a walk which brings me happiness that lasts throughout the day. :-)
    Happy Day to you!!

  8. Brenda, thanks for stopping by my blog and saying the nice things you said! Have a great weekend!


To My Beautiful Readers,

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