Little Things for Happiness

Life is full of little things that bring happiness, but they are often overlooked.  These little things can brighten up your day and put a smile to your face.

Below is a list of some of the little things that make me happy.

  • Taking a nap
  • Singing while driving
  • Listening to the birds sing
  • Petting dogs
  • Philosophizing with friends
  • Hiking in the woods
  • Watching puppies play
  • Reading books
  • Sitting on a beach
  • Reminiscing with friends and family
  • Playing Scattergories
  • Going to Museums
  • Watching high school football games
  • Getting birthday cards
  • Playing music so loud that I can actually feel it
  • Hanging out at libraries

What are some of the little things that make you happy?


How to be Happy – Quotes

Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.  – Anne Frank

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.  – Marcel Proust

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Life is like a roller coaster, live it, be happy, enjoy life.  – Avril Lavigne

When I am myself, I am happy and have a good result.  – Jack Ma

Reclaiming Virtue by John Bradshaw


John Bradshaw defines virtue as, “an inner strength, an inclination rooted in our spiritual care that moves us toward the achievement of our full humanity, which is also our full human happiness.”  Virtue is acquired through, “exercise and use.”  Also, “acting virtuously embodies excellence and happiness.”

John Bradshaw warns of the dangers of teaching morality through the use of strict moral codes and neglecting to teach virtue.  As a child, John Bradshaw was taught morality based on blind obedience.  However, this did not make him or his friends virtuous adults.  As a result, they struggled to develop a personal code of ethics and morality.

The book, “Reclaiming Virtue” discusses how to develop virtue in our own life and how to teach virtue to our children.  I found the book to be beneficial and would recommend it.