Walking is the perfect way of moving if you want to see into the life of things. It is the one way of freedom. If you go to a place on anything but your own feet you are taken there too fast, and miss a thousand delicate joys that were waiting for you by the wayside. Elizabeth von Arnim


Friday, February 12, 2016

Being Happy

Thought you might be getting tired of cold snowy pictures.
This is the lake I used to walk around where I used to live.
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Though the snow had stopped by morning it was just much too cold with a temperature of minus 5 to go outside for my morning walk so once again I had to make do with walking inside.

We did see the sun for just a few minutes and then it clouded up and in the afternoon back came the snow.
 Some more needle points I made.  All four seasons this time.
Vee asked yesterday if the needlepoint pictures from yesterday reminded me of the area I now live in.  Yes, they do.  I've always wanted to live in an area like this and I'm sure that's why I chose those particular ones to do.  : )  I really can't think of anywhere else I'd like to live, snow and all!!

I finished reading Voyager, the third in the Outlander series, all  870 pages of it.  I love this series, it is just one adventure after another and the end of the book left me wishing I had the next one so I could continue.  I'm borrowing the books one at a time from my friend Sherry and she just happened to call and I told her I was ready for book number 4.

Just hanging around home today doing this and that around the house and keeping busy with reading, sewing squares, and working on the puzzle.

Hope your having a happy day.
happyone : )
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Henny Penny asked yesterday if I could teach her how to be happy all the time. : )  I get asked that question often.  That or why are you happy? or are you really happy all the time?
I don't know if I can teach any one HOW to be happy but yes, I am happy most of the time.  Oh I can get grouchy every once in a while but it doesn't last long.  Just ask Ken or anyone who knows me well.
Some reasons why I'm happy.  Maybe this will help answer that question.
  • Each morning I wake up and think of the day as a gift from God.  
  • I start out the day being thankful.  You can always find something to be thankful for.  When you are thankful it is easy to be happy.  Take the weather, even if you don't like the cold and snow, you can be thankful for a warm house.
  • Don't take the simple things in life for granted.  Take time to stop and look at things around you.  Keep that childhood wonder about things.  Enjoy the snow, sunshine, swinging on swings, walking, and anything else that makes you smile.
  • I am an optimist - I always try to find the good in each situation.
  • There is always someone else worse or better off than you are.  Don't compare yourself to others.  Saying I'd be happy if I had a bigger house, more money, or anything else just doesn't work.  You are already living someones 'if only.'
  • Being content with what I have.  I have EVERYTHING I NEED.  Sure there are things I WANT but I concentrate on the things I already do have.
  • Doing things for others.  Think what can you do for others instead of what they can do for you.
  • The one thing that makes all the above possible for me is that I put GOD first before anything or anyone else.  I know Jesus loves and cares for me and I put my life in his hands.  He gives me joy and I know that no matter what happens to me in this life I can get through it because of Him.  : )  Somehow putting God first, the other things just seem to fall in place.  : )
 Putting God first didn't always come easy for me and I had to learn the hard way to trust him.  If you haven't already, sometime read My Testimony or Born Again pages at the top of my blog.

Be happy.
happyone : )


Cat Lover said...

Wonderful post Karen! Great advice to live by.
I'm glad you are enjoying the Outlander series of books. I read them a few years ago and loved them.
We received some snow this morning too but we managed to get our walk in before it started. We won't be walking outside this weekend. All sorts of cold temperature warnings here.
Have a good weekend!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, wonderful post! You have many great reasons to be happy! The view of your old lake is pretty. Have a happy weekend ahead!

Deb J. in Utah said...

Karen - I will have to look into that book series. I love your philosophy about being happy! You are so right about everything and you are my role model in that respect :-). You happy posts are why I have been reading your blog almost every day for years! Thanks and stay happy always! Have a great weekend.

Ruth Hiebert said...

I love your thoughts on being happy and I agree.Put God first everything else will fall into place.Doesn't mean life will be a bed of roses,but we can make it through those rough spots.

The Furry Gnome said...

What a great philosophy of life, right from point one - every day you're alive is a gift!

Kerri Farley said...

I LOVE your needlepoints! and GREAT Advice on being happy!!

bettyC said...

I find there's a difference between happy and joy. My husband had ALS for 7 years. They were difficult times but we had joy. He died 2 years ago. We were married for 55 years. Figuring out who I am has been difficult ūüė• Eventually, I became happy; but it wasn't the same. Then about a month ago I found my joy. It feels so good. Someone told me happiness comes from the outside, friends etc. Joy comes from the inside. Before I took my joy for granted, when I lost my Bruce, I lost my joy. It is amazing to find my joy again.
Happy One, you are filled with joy...that's why I start my day with you.

Melanie said...

Such a pretty lake walk! Thank you for your "happy" tips. A good reminder for me. Have a blessed day.

Sandra Cox said...

You have a wonderfully positive attitude.

Sandra Cox said...

PS Love the lake pic.

Dianna said...

Putting Him first is such a key to being happy, isn't it, my friend? I knew that somewhere in the list of things you do to have a happy outlook that one would show up! I've read your testimony many times just because it is always a blessing to hear how God has worked in the lives of others.

The lake picture is so pretty. Warmer weather and walking days are what I'm looking forward to right now. :)

Have a great weekend...Happy Valentine's Day Eve to you!

Anonymous said...

That's a pretty shot. Where did you live before? Great post!

Sola Scriptura said...

What a lovely post. Happy Valentines Day weekend to you!!

Prunella Pepperpot said...

Your photo of the lake is beautiful. I can just imagine myself there enjoying the sounds and wildlife. The simple pleasures of life are free to enjoy. No wonder you are so happy.
Thank you for your visit.
The chocolate cake was yummy, a Mary Berry recipe.
Stay warm Happyone :)

Snow said...

Thanks for listing ways to be happy. The main thing with you is that you are consistent.

Nellie said...

I love your guidelines for happiness!

Tiny Toadstool Cottage said...

I found your blog through Henny Penny and I am so glad she asked that question! You have given me so much to ponder. I am naturally a melancholic, so being happy is something I actually have to work on. It sounds silly, I know, but your guidelines are really useful for us melancholics as we do need to think and act being happy. And I love snowy pictures as it is hot here in Australia!