Don’t Worry, Be Happy

I love the idea of today being International Day of Happiness. It really got me thinking about what constitutes happiness and I couldn’t come up with anything except a smile. The fact that Puppy Stan was very much in the mix while I was doing this pondering made me smile even more.

Happiness is …

The song that sings happiness for me is this one from 1988:

So, may I send smiles beaming right across the world today ~ and I hope you’ll take one and pass one on.

The only true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose. (William Cowper) 




Happiness and the First Thought it Evokes

Today is International Day of Happiness, something I only realised early this morning.

I’ve spent hours, now, reading poems and quotes about happiness and how it has been perceived, defined, experienced, the lot.

But before I started out on that venture, one vision flashed into my mind as my symbol of happiness. It was William Wordsworth’s ‘host of golden daffodils.’

Mother with Daffodils Photo: Frank Tubridy
Mother with Daffodils
Photo: Frank Tubridy

Daffodils are bright, vibrant, perennial, and their cups overflow with happiness ~ past, present and future.

I could write about them forever but what I really want to know is what is the first thought that the word ‘Happiness’ evokes for you?