Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happiness is a Thankful Heart

When I was in Young Women, probably when I was about 14 years old, one of my leaders taught a lesson about gratitude and gave us all a small wooden heart that had the words "happiness is a thankful heart" painted on it. 

To be honest, I have to confess that I don't think I paid very much attention to that lesson... at least, not as much as I should have. I kept that little heart, though, and put it next to my mirror along with numerous other handouts my wonderful leaders made for us. :) Even if not much sunk into my hard head during the actual lesson, I looked at that heart every day and as I grew up a little bit I started to really understand what those words mean, and especially what they mean to me. 

To me, what the words on that heart mean is that the key to happiness is to be thankful, to be positive, to avoid looking for reasons to be unsatisfied, and to express gratitude to family, friends, and  our loving Heavenly Father. These are the things that will bring us the most joy. 

Doesn't it make such a difference to be thankful for everything you have, and not focus on things you don't have? Doesn't it change everything when you stop comparing your life to others, and remember how blessed you are? I know it does for me! 

And the most important part? Don't forget to be thankful always... not just around Thanksgiving. :)

On that note, have a wonderful Turkey Day! :) 

(P.S. One of the wonderful things about being married is having multiple Thanksgivings to enjoy... just sayin'. Hopefully it won't fatten me up too much. :P)


“A grateful heart is a beginning of greatness. It is an expression of humility. It is a foundation for the development of such virtues as prayer, faith, courage, contentment, happiness, love, and well-being. But there is a truism associated with all types of human strength: Use it or lose it. When not used, muscles weaken, skills deteriorate, and faith disappears. President Thomas S. Monson stated: Think to thank." 
-President James E. Faust

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Mr. Happy Man

I stumbled upon this video today. It made me happy so I had to share. :)

Mr. Happy Man from Matt Morris Films on Vimeo.

Isn't it easy to get caught up in our own lives and forget to love and serve the people around us? I'm not saying you need to go blow kisses on a street corner, but go show someone you care. 

This reminded me of the words to one of my favorite hymns, "Have I Done Any Good". 

Have I done any good in the world today?
Have I helped anyone in need?
Have I cheered up the sad and made someone feel glad?
If not, I have failed indeed.
Has anyone’s burden been lighter today
Because I was willing to share?
Have the sick and the weary been helped on their way?
When they needed my help was I there?
Then wake up and do something more
Than dream of your mansion above.
Doing good is a pleasure, a joy beyond measure,
A blessing of duty and love.
There are chances for work all around just now,
Opportunities right in our way.
Do not let them pass by, saying, “Sometime I’ll try,”
But go and do something today.
’Tis noble of man to work and to give;
Love’s labor has merit alone.
Only he who does something helps others to live.
To God each good work will be known.