Are You Happy?

(The title comes from a song by the psychedelic rock group Iron Butterfly back in the 1960’s…information I recall which may tell you more than I want you to know.)

The long-term snow has now left the Hoosier hillsides though it could return in a more mild temporary form…but I hope not. And the warmer daytime temperatures find me with more of a bounce in my step and whistling a tune.

The warmer weather makes me happy.

So I got to wondering what other people thought it took to be happy. I thought I would share my collective findings with you.

“A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.” ~Mark Twain

“If you aren’t happy in one place, chances are you won’t be happy in another place.” ~Ernie Banks

“It’s pretty hard to tell what does bring happiness. Poverty and wealth have both failed.” ~Kin Hubbard

“Don’t go out looking for happiness. Happiness is a by-product.” ~Johnny Carson

Erma Bombeck used a reverse philosophy of being happy when she said “Guilt: the gift that keeps on giving.”

“The best way to cheer yourself up is to cheer up somebody else.” ~Mark Twain

“Happiness is contagious.” ~Hubert Humphrey

“Happiness is two kinds of ice cream, catching a butterfly then setting it free.” ~ Charles Schultz through Charlie Brown

“Happiness is a matter of your own doing. You can be happy or you can be unhappy. It’s just according to the way you look at things.” ~Walt Disney

“I’ve never seen a monument erected to a pessimist.” ~Paul Harvey

“God gave man the ability to forget, which is one of the greatest attributes, People who go around ‘keeping score’ are miserable people.” ~Hubert Humphrey

“Cultivate cheerfulness.” ~Knute Rockne

“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Abraham Lincoln

“It takes courage to be happy.” ~Mark VanDoren

Stay courageous, my friends.