Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Happiness is . . .

"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." 
~ Thomas Edison


Ten Rules for a Happy Life

* Rule Number 1
Believe in you, your strength, your capability, your commitment and your sincerity
* Rule Number 2
Understand that you have a very strong role to play

* Rule Number 3
Remember the heroes of real life will be zeroes when they start

* Rule Number 4
Remember that experience speaks more than ego

* Rule Number 5
Forget your age
* Rule Number 6
Always think before you ink

* Rule Number 7
Save the surplus - start this minute

* Rule Number 8
Be happy about THIS life

* Rule Number 9
Never hurt anyone

* Rule Number 10
Update yourself every second

Our happiness is in our own attitudes. 
Easier said than done, though, huh?!

40 comments:

Candyland said...

You have no idea how much I needed this today:)

Stephanie McGee said...

Great list. And so true that it's easier said than done. Thanks for sharing!

Christine Danek said...

It is easier said than done. Thanks for the uplift. :)

Jessica Bell said...

Your posts are always so uplifiting. Can I ask you a really personal question? Of course, feel free to ignore ... But, do you write these posts to uplift yourself because you are feeling low, or do you actually feel this positive all the time? If it's the later, WHAT'S YOUR SECRET?????

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Jessica,

The answer is both. Mainly, I am a very positive person who has always worked to boost the spirits of those I care about. Sometimes, though, it helps me just as much as everyone else. Sitting in the midst of query wars, I needed a bit of a pick me up, too. :-)

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Wow. I love that quote. It makes me think and inspires me :)

Valerie Geary said...

Love. Everything. About. This. Post. Especially rule number 5. ;)

Meredith said...

Such a happy post! Thank you so much!

Jonathon Arntson said...

I totally expected this to be "Happiness is a warm gun...", but your post is equally as brilliant!

TerryLynnJohnson said...

Jonathon, Jonathon, Jonathon! What a cheeky monkey.

Love this reminder, Shannon. Happiness is a choice.

Carol Riggs said...

All these are good! I love #5, Forget your age! LOL And #6--think before you ink. Priceless.

Catherine Denton said...

Fantastic post! I especially loved #8. Thanks for sharing your "happiness" secret. ;)

Kittie Howard said...

Ohhhh, but I loved this, Shannon. Happy to have kicked the flu bug out, I stepped out into the world, happy as a lark. Boy, did I get my wings clipped. Lots of miserable, unhappy people out there. So, I returned home and, lo! your blog popped up. My smile's back. Thank you!

Susan R. Mills said...

Love it! But, yes, it's way easier said than done!

Heather said...

I love this! Each point made me smile bigger. It's all about our outlook and what we make of it. Thanks for this reminder!

Kelly Lyman said...

Great post! It was much needed today!

Tamika: said...

Love these tips! My favorite: Update yourself every second.

Yep, I'm jumping right on that:)

Emy Shin said...

This is such a lovely post. It's definitely needed today. Thank you!

Kimberly Franklin said...

Ha-ha! Great list!

Karen Lange said...

I like these rules! :) Thanks!

Myne Whitman said...

Love love this!

Susanne Drazic said...

Great list of rules for a happy life. Thanks for sharing them. The one about forgetting your age is a good one.

Shooting Stars Mag said...

I love the quote. I'm a huge fan of inspiring quotes and that's a good one.

Nice list too. I really love "forget your age." so so true.

-lauren

welcome to my world of poetry said...

A wonderful post full of positivity, which many people ought to read......and take note.


Yvonne.

Old Kitty said...

Awwww but it's nice to read these fabulous rules!!!!! Thank you for making my very cold evening a little warmer!!! Take care
x

Bethany Mattingly said...

Great suggestions. :) Thanks again for my daily dish of optimism.

Deb Salisbury said...

Le sigh. Yes, I needed this post today. This whole month! Thanks. :-)

Angela Felsted said...

I like rule #8 the best.

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

That idea of not giving up, not snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, is resonating with me this week. I've seen so many people reach that success, right when they were ready to give up, I can't help but believe it. ;)

Thanks for the great tips!

Mary Aalgaard said...

I'm going to keep #5 in mind. Thanks for the list and encouragement!

Colene Murphy said...

Beautiful!! What an amazing list Shannon!!

Alexia561 said...

Wonderful rules to live by! I especially like #6, Always think before you ink!

Solvang Sherrie said...

Excellent rules :)

Melissa said...

I sooooo needed this today.

Thanks for always being such an inspiration!

CMOM Productions said...

Love it! It's a wonderful reminder!

Charmaine Clancy said...

Very thoughtful posts. At school today we had a presenter tell us 'Happiness is a decision you make'. I love the idea we are happy with the life we have.
:-D

Laura Marcella said...

Thanks for sharing this! Happiness is a choice. Choosing to be happy does wonders!

DL Hammons said...

#5 becomes easier the older you get! :)

diane said...

This is a great list that I'll keep w/ me for those times that I'm feeling low. This is the post I was referring to yesterday! You embody it every day.

Rayna M. Iyer said...

I am going to steal your quote and give it to my seven year old. I think he needs it right now.

Thank you.

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