Sunday, September 21, 2008

hApPinEsS iS...

living the Gospel, going to girls' camp, getting along...

Simpson Clip - Eternal Happiness

For Girls' Camp this year, our stake theme was "Happily Ever After". We based our camp song off of Charlie Brown's Happiness is. The scripture we based camp around was Mosiah 2:41.

And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness. O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God hath spoken it.

Camp was in August, but last Sunday the first counselor in our ward asked three camp leaders (including me) to speak in Sacrement meeting about camp. I've been thinking about happiness again as a result.

A few happiness quotes (some are just plain silly):

Happiness isn't something you experience; it's something you remember. Oscar Levant (1906 - 1972)

One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory.
Rita Mae Brown

Money can't buy happiness, but neither can poverty.
Leo Rosten (1908 - )

A lifetime of happiness! No man alive could bear it: it would be hell on earth.
George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)

A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.
Jane Austen (1775 - 1817), Mansfield Park

Prophet Joseph Smith said: "Happiness is the object and design of our existence; and will be the end thereof, if we pursue the path that leads to it; and this path is virtue, uprightness, faithfulness, holiness, and keeping all the commandments of God" (HC 5:134­35)

Some think of happiness as a glamorous life of ease, luxury, and constant thrills. Happiness does not come by pressing a button, as does the electric light; happiness is a state of mind and comes from within. It must be earned. It cannot be purchased with money; it cannot be taken for nothing.
Spencer W. Kimball

So, I'm curious. What does happiness mean to you? What brings a smile to your face? What makes you happy--truely happy, blissfully happy, sincerely happy, completely happy?

Feel free to also add your favorite happiness quote.

Oh, and, if you happen to send just one dollar to Happy Dudette, you too could look as happy as I do....

Have a spectacular day!

1 comment:

Natalie said...

Heres a great quote on happiness:

"We perhaps need to snatch happiness in little pieces, learning to recognize the elements of happiness and then treasuring them while they last."

Love that because for me happiness usually comes in small moments when I am least expecting it. Something that makes me step back and think "wow, I am so incredibly blessed". Just seeing something beautiful, hearing my daugher say something sweet... or something halarious, talking to a friend I haven't seen in awhile, etc. Those are my happy thoughts!!