Illustrated Quotes About Choosing Happiness

"The foolish seek happiness in the distance; the wise grow it under their feet." ~ James Oppenheim

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Choose to See the Beauty

That Surrounds You

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Happiness is a Choice

I used to think that people who exuded joy and happiness were blessed with an easy life and had been spared hardships, but experience has taught me that happiness can be a conscious choice, regardless of one's circumstances. According to the dictionary, the word "choose" means to:

  • select from a number of possibilities
  • prefer or decide (to do something)
  • want; desire
  • make a choice
  • be inclined

Mindful, conscious choices can bring happiness into our lives and help us feel empowered rather than overwhelmed by our current life circumstances. This hub will highlight some famous quotes that can inspire us to make positive choices that will bring more happiness into our lives and the illustrations I've chosen will create a sense of appreciation for the beauty of nature and help us feel naturally joyful.

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"We can go through our whole lives worrying about our future happiness, and totally miss where true peace lives- right here, right now." ~ Peter Russell

"True happiness is to enjoy the present... without anxious dependence upon the future." ~ Seneca

How Lifestyle Choices Impact Happiness

Author William Holland, aka Billybuc, on HubPages has written a wonderful hub about choosing happiness and how it's related to the lifestyle choices that we make: http://billybuc.hubpages.com/hub/Lifestyle-Choices-Why-Am-I-So-Happy .

"The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness." ~ Abraham Maslow."

Mindfulness Leads to Happiness

Focusing our attention on the present moment breathes positive energy into our lives and helps us let go of the way things were in the past.

During the last 22 years my husband suffered several heart attacks and I used to spend much of my time worrying about losing him. Adjusting to his diagnosis taught me the importance of focusing on each moment, and the futility and waste of spending the precious time we do have together worrying about what may occur in the future. Some days that's still a challenge especially when new health crises or issues arise, but I've learned to cope through mindful meditation that returns my focus to the present and by being grateful for the time we do get to spend together.

When we choose to become more mindful of the present, we feel lighter, brighter and ready to move on. We don't waste time focusing on the things that might happen, but rather focus on being grateful for the things we have in the present moment.

"We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting what we don't have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have." ~ Frederick Koenig

"Simply being alive is the greatest blessing we can enjoy." ~ Rene Dubos.

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"Don't judge by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant." ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

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Gratitude Quotes That Foster Happiness

When we choose to live in a state of gratitude we view life as the gift it is and appreciate all the positive things in our lives.

The first thing I do each morning is take a deep breath and thank God for the start of a brand new day. As a nurse, I've seen people with lung diseases and terminal diseases struggle for each breath and this taught me to fully appreciate the fact that the ability to simply breathe is a blessing which most take for granted.

Florence Nightingale said, "Live your life while you have it. Life is a splendid gift." Nurses are more aware than most of the fragility and preciousness of this thing we call the life force. One moment we're here, and in the next breath we could be gone. Various faiths explain what happens after death in different ways and those who have only their own personal beliefs may feel all existence ends at the time of death. Such things may be up for debate and no one knows for sure what happens when we die, but we all know that our time on earth is limited. The wise among us, celebrate life as a splendid gift to be savored, not wasted.

Robert Louis Stevenson said, "Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant." I am grateful that I have the ability to plant seeds of joy wherever I go and make a conscious effort to do so whenever possible. Spreading smiles, love, kind words, kind thoughts and actions costs nothing and brings great joy into my own life and I've found that it's a natural antidote to depression. When I focus on helping others I am less focused on my own problems or worries.

In this regard, we can learn from the bees whose work ensures the beauty in our world by pollenating flowers:

"The bee is more honored than other animals, not because she labors, but because she labors for others." ~ Saint John Chrysotom.

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"Choosing Happiness: Keys to a Joyful Life" by Alexandra Stoddard

This book contains creative ideas and illuminating anecdotes that will help you make small but significant changes in your thoughts, heart and surroundings and discover the keys to a happy, joyful life.

In challenging times, it's easy to question whether joy is a choice but the author gently teaches us that happiness lies in the passions we pursue and the pressures we decline.

Seeking Our Highest Purpose is Key to Joy

We can all learn about highest purpose from the example that Mother Teresa gave us by the way she lived her life. Her life was devoted to tending the sick, poor and homeless, and we can also choose to honor our highest purpose by caring for our families, friends and strangers. We can engage in meaningful work whether through charity or paid employment. Even if we don't believe in God we can believe in having a purpose that goes beyond our own existence. I believe that doing so is key to our own joy.

The following quotes may help guide and inspire you to your highest purpose and joy:

  • "Make your life something beautiful for God." Mother Teresa.
  • "This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one." George Bernard Shaw.
  • "There's only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving and that's your own self." Aldous Huxley

Your True Self is Glowingly Beautiful

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Quotes About Knowing Your True Self

In summary, the key to being truly happy is to know and accept your true self:

  • "If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation." Krishnamurti.
  • "People should be beautiful in every way...in their thoughts and in their innermost selves." Anton Chekhov.
  • "Our responsible concern is with our private destiny, after all." William James.


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

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A.A. Zavala profile image

A.A. Zavala 5 years ago from Texas

A road map to positive affirmations. I will use it to lead me in the right direction. Awesome...


Sunnie Day 5 years ago

Good Morning My beautiful friend,

What an awesome hub to read this morning..I so believe Happiness is a choice..our emotions change from hour to hour but when we choose to be happy..then it keeps us on a more balanced path, realizing even in hard times we can still be joyful..I loved all the quotes and I love Mother Teresa..so wise and kind. I am book marking this as I can always pull it out and reflect your wonderful thoughts here. Thank you.

Sunnie


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

What a great hub, beautiful all the way through.

I also loved Mother Teresa and here's to many more hubs for us to share here on Hubpages. i opften wonder to myself 'Was there really a time before HubPages ?"

It would be strange without it now, no great hubs like this one to share and read.

Thank you for being one of the great writers on here.

Take care

Eiddwen.


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paypalku 5 years ago from Yogyakarta

You're right, happiness is a choice. Because when we are facing a true problem that makes us unhappy. We can choose to always think positive in the face of these problems, so despite being in trouble, we are happy.


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tarrka1089 5 years ago from Ohio

I have to confess that during extremely personal trying times, it can be a challenge. But heaven knows I much rather choose happiness!


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi A.A. Zavala,

Thanks so much for your feedback and ongoing support of my writing. It really means a lot to me.

Positive affirmations help lift our spirit and I'm glad to hear you'll be using some of these quotes as a road map to lead you in your always unique direction.

I admire your active imagination, wonderful originality, wit and humor which brings joy to HP readers like me.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Sunnie Day, I'm so thrilled you like it and that you're going to bookmark it for future reference. I was thinking of the brightness of so many of your own hubs as I wrote it, and wanted to give readers a happy, positive way to start their day.

It took me a long time to realize that no matter what my life's circumstances are, I can always choose happiness by intentionally focusing on simple things that bring me joy in the present moment. For me that means spending time in nature, especially when I'm stressed.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Good Morning Eiddwen,

"Ditto" right back to you, your sentiments about HP. We are so blessed to be able to share our writings here. Am heading over to your latest hub in a few moments.

Blessings and Hugs,

Gail


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Welcome Paypalku,

So glad you enjoyed my hub and took time to leave a comment. Your feedback is greatly appreciated.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Welcome Tarrka1089,

Thanks for reading my hub and leaving a comment. I still have challenging times when I have to remind myself of the things I've written here, but the more I follow the actions I've outlined, the more I'm able to connect with inner joy. It's an ongoing, daily practice.


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Dr Bill Tollefson 5 years ago from Southwest Florida

What an emotionally up lifting HUB. I agree and have seen that happiness is a personal choice. Happiness is also a personal thought pattern that one can choose, change and empower themselves with. Keep choosing Happiness!!!!


Anne Nowlin 5 years ago

Isn't that the truth; you're only as happy as you allow yourself to be and that is a BIG 'letting go' of control. Time to BE Annie


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Welcome Dr. Bill, am thrilled to "see" you here!

So glad you found this hub up lifting. I agree that happiness is also a personal thought pattern that one can choose, change and empower themselves with. I am continually learning how to "fine tune" my thought patterns to foster happiness, peace and love.

Thanks for your insightful comment. Your ongoing support of my writing means a lot to me as I highly value your opinions.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Annie,

I noticed you used your real name to comment with and not your usual HubPages profile name which identifies you with nursing. Yes, the true Annie is so much greater than her nursing background. It will be exciting to see what hubs come into "Being" when Annie accepts and embraces the totality of her being.

Thanks so much for your ongoing support and following. It means a lot to me.


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writer20 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

Oh! I want be be a butterfly fly from a flower to flower soaking up nectar.

I'm happier this year with my husband feeling strong.


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Danette Watt 5 years ago from Illinois

I love this hub and your photos - that first one really caught my attention.

I agree that happiness is a choice. Unfortunately, I live with someone who isn't most of the time although it's gotten much better since medication has been started. I find that staying in the present as much as possible helps so as not to focus on events that may not come to pass (not easy for a news junkie!)

I also find focusing on gratitude helps too.


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b. Malin 5 years ago

This was such a Nice, Upbeat Hub on Happiness Gail...I Loved what Lincoln said, "Most Folks are as Happy as they make up their Minds to Be"...Such a simple thought and statement, but oh so very True. Of course the reality is, some people are just not Happy, no matter what, so Yes, sometimes Medication is the only answer when there are hidden problems.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Welcome Writer20,

Loved your whimsical comment about wanting to be a butterfly!

Yes, it's much easier to be happy when our spouse is feeling better.

Thanks for taking time to read my hub and leave a comment.


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mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Your Hub radiates peace and joy and the photographs added a beautiful dimension.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Danette,

Thanks for noticing my photos. I had great fun taking them. There's a nursery/farm nearby and when the acres of sunflowers bloomed I just had to get some shots. Didn't know what I was going to do with them until I started writing this hub and needed a photo. Then I remembered your instructional hub about adding visual interest through photos and side bars and I was able to jazz this hub up!

It is hard to live with someone who suffers from depression as it can easily drag our own mood down. I'm glad that medication is helping your significant other and that you've learned how to take care of your own mental health by staying physically fit and remaining focused on the present.

My mood lifters are walking, meditation and gratitude.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi b. Malin,

Thanks so much for your kind, compassionate comment. I agree that some people suffering from depression may need medication to help lift their mood and gain control of their thoughts and emotions.

I also agree that some people are just not happy no matter what. They're not depressed, but revel in complaint and dissatisfaction. That's their choice and I never try to talk someone like that out of their misery. I just go about being my cheery self and hope some of it will wear off on them! If not, it's their problem, not mine.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Mckbirdbks,

Thanks so much for your feedback. That's exactly what I was hoping to accomplish with this hub and your comment really made me smile.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

I firmly believe we are in charge of our happiness or misery. Thank you HBN for inspiration and conviction.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Thank YOU, Hyphenbird, for bringing happiness into my life with your delightful childhood stories. I saw that Simone has made a Podcast out of Pirate's Gold!

Even though I knew what the ending was, I couldn't help but laugh again when it was read aloud.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

I am glad you enjoyed it. I laughed myself . She did a fantastic job.


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cathylynn99 5 years ago from northeastern US

he who has a why to live can bear almost any how. - nietzsche


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California

It is a choice, what a great hub, very inspiring, no matter how many times I hear it happiness is definitely the way to go - great photos too!


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Chatkath,

Thanks so much for your positive feedback. So glad you found it inspiring and liked the photos. I really appreciate you taking time to comment and your ongoing support.


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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada

Nurse, I love this one! This is another beautiful inspiring hub from you that I am putting in my inspirational file. This really cheered me up and was what I needed to read this morning. I especially like the quote about looking at the seeds we plant, not the harvest we reap. Some days it feels like everything is going wrong, but if we start to plant good seeds again, it will get better. Cheers and blessings, my dear!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi HBN, What a wonderful, happy, upbeat hub.

Some very inspiring quotes here, my favourite is by Rene Dubos.

The photos are awesome, thank you for sharing and spreading some happiness.


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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

Hi Gail,

I love the photographs in this hub, particularly the closeup of the very first sunflower! I'm so glad to see that you are sharing more of your photography as it is certainly beautiful and nature pictures are a perfect complement to your subject here, choosing happiness.

The older I get, the more I appreciate the value of choosing to be happy. You've given us much to think about in this hub. Voted up, beautiful and across the board.


marellen 5 years ago

HBN.....I love this hub and couldn't agree more. We make choices to be happy or sad...some people love that gary cloud over them but not me. My Mom taught me to smile and its amazing how many doors it has opened for me. One sure thing is that people will always smile back.


Husky1970 5 years ago

I absolutely loved this hub, Happyboomernurse. It was very uplifting. Being positive and surrounding yourself with positive people is so important to a happy life. I could not possibly agree nore with your opinions on this topic. Voted up, useful, and beautiful. Happiness to you and yours.


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tsmog 5 years ago from Escondido, CA

Thank you, happyboomernurse. This article reflects your name well. I am glad to come across it when I did. And, I have chosen for today - happiness, contrasting my feelings during the waking hour(s). Now, I begin the 'new' adventure of this day!


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Prairieprincess,

Am so glad you were cheered by my hub and found it inspirational and am truly honored that you are saving it in your inspirational file. I also appreciate your ongoing support and insightful comments.

Blessings today and always.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Welcome Movie Master,

Am delighted that you enjoyed my hub and left such an upbeat comment.

Blessings and joy,

Happyboomernurse


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Stephanie,

Wow! Am so thrilled you enjoyed the photos. I've been having fun usng my own photos and it's nice to get feedback on them from someone whose own nature photography I admire so much.

Thanks so much for the vote up. Hope you're enjoying your summer.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Marellen,

I agree with you about the power of smiles. I was born with the propensity to smile and my Mom told me she used to put me outside in my playpen and I used to smile at passersby and yell out "Hiya" to everyone. I think it's true that when you smile, most everyone smiles back at you and I'm glad I learned that lesson so young.

Cheers and Blessings,

Happyboomernurse


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Husky1970,

Am so glad you enjoyed this hub and were uplifted by it and I greatly appreciate the vote up.

Cheers and Blessings to you and your family and I hope you're enjoying your summer.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Welcome tsmog,

How wonderful that this hub lifted your spirits and helped you look forward to a "new" adventure for the day. I so appreciate your lovely comment which raised my own spirits.

Blessings and Joy,

Happyboomernurse


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maxravi 5 years ago from India

very nice hub.what i really love most is you selected the rite pics for the words.Thanks for your hub.


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lindaclarke 5 years ago

You are right. I believe that if we focus on being grateful for what we have, dwell on the positive, rather than the negative, then it improves our attitude towards life. And yes, smiling really helps. I notice that when I smile, it makes others smile, and I feel so good inside. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Beautiful hub, Gail. I LOVED the photos of the butterfly and black eyed susan...great photo shoot-did you have fun chasing those butterflies around? LOL

I love your words of wisdom (yours) and enjoyed the quotes as well. You are a wonderful role model for positive thinking. BTW-I put a vote in the awards for you re: the most cheerful hubber.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Maxravi,

So glad you liked the hub and photos. Thanks for taking time to leave a comment. It's greatly appreciated.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Lindaclarke,

I appreciate you taking time to leave an insightful comment and am glad you enjoyed this hub.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Denise,

I actually did have fun trying to capture those butterflies on film. They were all over the place and I was really excited, but every time I moved up close they flew away until I realized I needed to just stay still and be focused on the flower until they came in for a landing.

Thanks so much for the vote for most cheerful. I appreciate that.


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Stolive 5 years ago from Botswana

Great Hub, Happyboomernurse!

You've beautifully shared with us 4 keys to happiness:

* Knowing & Accepting Your True Self

* Serving a Cause Greater Than Yourself

* Being Grateful for the Gift of Life

* Living in the Present

They're all at our disposal for us to use them. It's just a matter of choice.

Thanks so much for sharing.


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Melovy 5 years ago from UK

hello Happyboomernurse,

I really appreciate this hub, especially that you share the challenges of your husband’s health and the need to continually remake the choice to focus on the present moment and be grateful for the time you have together.

As you say happiness is a choice, and yet many people in your position don’t feel able to make that choice. It’s easy to feel undeserving of happiness if others around us are suffering, and yet that doesn’t ease their suffering one bit. For that reason I think what you write here is helpful for others going through challenging times.


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jseven 5 years ago from Michigan

I so agree with you on this. It is truly a choice to be happy in life or not, no matter what happens, it is still a choice in how we respond to it. You can see this in people who have suffered much, but they still chose to smile and find the blessings somewhere outside of their own suffering. My mother taught me this and it stuck with me as I've had a lot of suffering, but still praise the Lord in spite of it. Great hub!


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Stolive,

So glad you stopped by and left a comment that so effectively and efficiently summed up what I was saying in this hub. Love the way you distilled it to 4 keys of happiness:

* Knowing & Accepting Your True Self

* Serving a Cause Greater Than Yourself

* Being Grateful for the Gift of Life

* Living in the Present

Thanks so much for your ongoing support of my writing. It's always a pleasure to read your insightful comments.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Melovy,

As your insightful and compassionate comment pointed out, choosing happiness isn't always easy and requires ongoing conscious intention, especially when loved ones and those we care about are facing health challenges.

It’s easy to feel undeserving of happiness if others around us are suffering, and yet that doesn’t ease their suffering one bit. It may seem paradoxical, but I've learned that when we choose to smile, bring flowers, hug, tell jokes or do something to brighten our loved one's day it eases their pain and suffering, but if we dwell in the suffering with them it intensifies their pain. Once we realize that, we can help them, as well as ourselves, feel momentary happiness despite the difficult circumstances.

Thanks so much for your ongoing support. It means alot to me and your comments always seem to deepen my thoughts on the subject matter.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Jseven,

Am glad to see that your mother taught you such a powerful way to handle suffering. We feel empowered when we realize that although we don't always have a choice about what happens to us, we do have a choice in our response. Jack Canfield states it this way:

Event + response = outcome. In other words, our positive response to a challenging or painful circumstance is what creates the final outcome.

I am glad you meet life's challenges head on and still maintain your faith.

May God Continue to Bless You in Good Times and Tough Times.


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

Best of wishes for recovery and good health in the time ahead for your husband and yourself as a more than interested caretaker. This hub is like a shaft of sunlight coming into our houses and souls. Your advice is stellar, the quotes...excellent and your wonderful photos added to the overall delight. Reading this hub should brighten anyone's day! Hitting the buttons and also sending to FB and tweeting this. Great job! Thanks!


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Peggy,

Thanks so much for your kind, supportive wishes and positive feedback on this hub- they really made my day. I also appreciate the vote up and feel honored that you liked the hub enough to pass it on to others.


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Dee aka Nonna 5 years ago

This great. I am so happy I found the secret to happiness...do I have "unnecessary days of bad attitude"? Yes I am human but they are few and far, far between. I watch my daughter-in-law and her young friends and the drama they can create. I do remember that when I was that age I didn't have time for drama but I could have an occasional lapse in judgement. Looking back I know I learned a great deal, but wish I had not missed so much time.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Dee aka Nonna,

It's great to see you here as I so enjoyed your hub on happiness titled, "How to be Happy: Try This" and have created a link to it.

Thanks for adding such an insightful comment. I agree that once we realize how to choose happiness it's hard not to look back and wish we'd learned how to do so earlier. We also want to impart our wisdom to others, especially our loved ones who are unconsciously creating misery and drama without realizing that they're doing so. Unfortunately, all we can do is try to be good role models for them, as your mother was for you, and hope that someday they'll figure it out for themselves and we can verbally pass on our wisdom planting seeds that may eventually grow into a garden of happiness for them.


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carcro 5 years ago from Winnipeg

I love this hub, you have hit the mark on choosing to be happy. When we live in the moment and take time to really appreciate how lucky we are to be alive and breath in this beautiful air, we truly have found happiness. I stop everyday and just give thanks for every experience I've ever had, the people I've known and the life I've been given.

We can choose to be happy, our thoughts are so powerful, most people just don't realize that they hold the power to change their lives. They just have to learn right thinking. Thanks for sharing your expertise on this, really really good!


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Carcro,

I just left a comment on your "How to Build a Waterfall Meditation Pond" hub which goes well with my happiness hub as mindful meditation is a wonderful practice for promoting happiness.

Thanks so much for your kind words and insightful comment that augments my hub. Choosing happiness is empowering and starts to become part of our nature when we do so on a regular basis. I agree that it's a matter of learning how to adjust our thoughts.


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thebluestar 5 years ago from Northern Ireland

Hi dear heart what a beautiful and encouraging hub you have written. It beggars belief that some people do not recognise their own worth or understand that they have the power to change what lies ahead of them. If only they could open their eyes and their hearts to what is surrounding them in beauty and trust to move forwards they could find happiness in every corner of their lives. Thank you for sharing today. x


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Bluestar,

Thanks so much for your insightful comment. My hope and my prayer is that people do open their eyes and hearts to the beauty surrounding them and to the fact that what they choose to think, say, do and focus on in the present can have a positive impact on their level of happiness both now and in the future. Am so glad you enjoyed my hub and I appreciate your support. Your comment has added a bright spot to my day.


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poshcoffeeco 5 years ago from Cambridgeshire

You are right about happiness being a choice and to waste time worrying about things which may not happen is pointless. It is,however, one of the daily things I try not to do. I have to talk with myself to get out of the habit. Some days are better than others but I hope it is getting easier. Great hub thanks


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Welcome Poshcoffeeco,

Thanks for taking time to read my hub and leave a heartfelt comment. As you say, it's easy to slide back into old habits, but the more we practice awareness and consciously make choices, the easier it becomes and eventually our "habit" becomes the choice for joy.


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htodd 5 years ago from United States

Great post...Awesome


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi htodd,

So glad you enjoyed it.


femmeflashpoint 5 years ago

HBN - this is a wonderful, WONDERFUL article!!! I loved every graph, and the content is right on the mark. It's very much needed insight and it's coming from one who's got the goods to bring it!

God bless!


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Femmeflashpoint,

Am so glad you enjoyed this article. I've had much help and support throughout the years in learning how to make choices that impact my life in a positive way and for that I am very grateful.

I appreciate your lovely comment. It really got my day off to a bright start.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota

Thanks for your uplifting hub. I loved your sunflower pictures, they make me so Happy! I also believe that being happy and positive is a choice. Life is too short to be miserable. Your husband is in my thoughts and prayers. I'm glad you've learned how to use the positivity and living in the moment to help you deal with your husband's health struggles.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Minnetonka Twin,

Thanks so much for your kind words and support. They really mean a lot to me. So glad you enjoyed the hub and that the sunflower photos made you feel happy.


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kimh039 5 years ago

On the one hand, I wish I had noticed this hub a few weeks ago. On the other hand, I'm really glad I've noticed it now:) This hub is so you - the essence of Happyboomernurse. The theme of joy and the gorgeous photography of cheerful flowers written so skillfully I was barely aware that I was reading the hub - just taking in photographs and captions that captured exactly what the words were saying. This is now my favorite bedtime story:) Good Night, Gail.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Kim,

So glad you went to bed with visions of joy in your heart and mind. I woke to your wonderful comment and began my day with a smile and that warm feeling one gets from knowing that their intentions in sharing a hub have been realized. Your comment was a gift to me this morning and I thank you for it.

May you have a blessed day.


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acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

What an absolutely stunning article. I so believe that happiness can be of our own making. We always feel so much better when we smile, people generally smile back. It makes one feel good inside and I believe is the essence of happiness.

Voting up and pressing your buttons too!


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Acaetnna,

Ah yes, smiling is a wonderful thing and I am always happy to see your wonderful smile. I know you spread sunshine wherever you go.

So glad you enjoyed my hub and I greatly appreciate the vote up.

Blessings.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Such an inspiring hub! This is one of my favorites which I will bookmark. Love your photos too. They project your thoughts perfectly. Just love you!


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Welcome Vocalcoach,

Am so glad you enjoyed the hub and photos and really appreciate you taking time to leave such a lovely comment. It really made my day.


A.CreativeThinker 5 years ago

This is a very helpful, inspiring and needed hub. It makes me feel that there is hope. The choices and decisions that we make, definitely affect the way that we feel in life. Lovely hub. Voted up Take Care. :)

Regards,

A.CreativeThinker


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Welcome A.Creative Thinker,

So glad you found this hup inspiring and I appreciate the vote up. Yes, making conscious choices can be very empowering and helps us remember that although we don't have control over what happens to us, we always have control over our response.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi MsHoliday,

Am glad you enjoyed this hub and photos.

Thanks so much for the kind words.


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LABrashear 5 years ago from My Perfect Place, USA

Love the content, love the quotes, love the pics. Love it. I am bookmarking this. I definitely want to read again.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Welcome LABrashear,

Thanks for the lovely feedback. Am so glad you enjoyed this hub and the photos. Your smile looks like you already choose an attitude of joy.


writeronline 5 years ago

This is indeed an upbeat article, and very inspiring, thankyou for posting it.

At the risk of being seen as a ‘down’ commenter, I have to say that I’m disappointed at the assumption reflected by some of your commenters; that Depression is the problem to which you are here providing the antidote. And, that making the decision to ‘choose to be happy’ is as simple as it sounds – for everyone and anyone.

I don’t think that’s what you’re saying at all, but it’s such a predictable, simplistic, and dismissive way for many people who’ve not “felt the wind of the wings of madness” (Author William Styron, on suddenly falling into depression) to lessen the efforts of many clinically, and chronically, depressed people for whom inner happiness is an almost unreachable goal; yet who (I’m speaking personally here) pretend sufficiently well, that they’re seen by others as happy, outgoing, well-adjusted, sharing, caring people. Even, in fact, well-known for their smile!

My point is that all is not always as it seems, and a smile that fails to light up a room, or shine brightly in response to a smile from a stranger, may still be the best effort a seriously depressed person can make. It, and they, shouldn’t be undervalued. Life shouldn’t be about who has the biggest smile. It should be about who has the biggest heart (imo).

I suspect you didn’t include the truism by which I try and maintain a balanced outlook, because it’s become something of a cliché. But, on the off-chance.., my daily reminder is; “Yesterday is history. Tomorrow’s a mystery. Today is a gift – that’s why it’s called the present.”

Cheers


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Welcome Writeronline,

Your comment, as always, was deeply profound and insightful and you raised some excellent points that add some much needed balance to this hub.

There is of course a vast difference between the experience of inner joy versus successfully appearing to be joyful to the world while hurting deeply from within. I have experienced both of those scenarios during my life and the latter situation is extremely painful because we are acting in a manner that is totally disconnected from our authentic self. There are times when we are sad and it is more healing to allow that sadness to be seen so that others may hopefully reach out to us with compassion and love.

Severe clinical depression generally requires treatment with medications and professional assistance and it is, as you say, important that others refrain from seeing the depressed person as simply being unwilling to lift their own spirits up. For a severely depressed person the option of simply choosing to be happy may very well be out of reach until they're being successfully treated for their depression. Thanks for that reminder.

I like the daily reminder that you use and the only reason it wasn't in this hub is that I didn't think of it while I was writing: “Yesterday is history. Tomorrow's a mystery. Today is a gift – that’s why it’s called the present.”


writeronline 5 years ago

Hi HBN, I felt a bit bad about loading your hub with that other perspective; but I felt sure you'd know what I was talking about. So, thanks for acknowledging my comment, as graciously as you always do.

Perhaps you'd also feel OK with leaving this comment in place (please deny at will though, I won't be offended) including the link to a hub I recently posted, which may help to add balance to anyone else reading your hub, and feeling it's all just a matter of 'snapping yourself out of it'

http://writeronline.hubpages.com/hub/Are-You-OK-Th...

Cheers :)


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Writeronline,

I just finished reading your hub about having compassion for those who may be depressed and keeping the lines of communication open and I feel the hub is very well written and thought-provoking so I'm leaving your comment and link here.


naturalsolutions 5 years ago

This is a great source of insightful thoughts and inspirational quotes. reading it is like feeding my mind of the most important words ever. Happiness is a choice, we only have to enjoy it at the present time and don't waste our time worrying for tomorrow and pent in the past. Smile and everything will be alright.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Naturalsolutions,

Thanks so much for reading this hub and taking time to leave a heartfelt comment. So glad you found the hub inspirational.


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Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

The quotes were awesome. But mine is: you have to be happy with what you have and not what you wish for.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Welcome Vinaya Ghimire,

I love your quote and am glad you added it. I so agree that being happy with what you have is one of the most important keys to experiencing happiness.

Thanks for your insightful comment.


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glassvisage 5 years ago from Northern California

Thank you for sharing this. I love the way you laid out this Hub and how you included the photos also - I found it easy to read and very encouraging.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Welcome Glassvisage,

So glad you enjoyed it and thanks so much for leaving feedback. It's greatly appreciated.


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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa

Excellent! I've seen people living in miserable circumstances, beaming inner joy. To be happy - not meaning laughing all the time, but to be filled with inner joy - is a choice. If we want to be unhappy, we will find a thousand reasons to be unhappy, and if we want to be happy, we will also find a thousand reasons. So why not choose happiness? After my breakdown in 1999-2000 - where I was actually saved on the point of suicide - I've decided to ban all negative thoughts, to immediately replace it with a positive one, even if it is only to be grateful for the oxygen I am able to inhale. And really, positive thoughts are one of Depression's best medicine - it does stimulate serotonin production. You are what you think. Excellent hub, Happyboomer. Voted up and awesome.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Welcome Martie,

Thanks so much for leaving such a personal and powerful comment that adds much to this hub. I greatly appreciate it and agree with what you said.


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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos

Great, awesome and sensational quotes. Lovely from a great woman. Bless you


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Ubanichijioke,

So glad you enjoyed it and I appreciate your lovely comments. They really made my day.


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia

Voted up. Your work is incredible HBN. You defined happiness quite well. We can't go through life living unhappy. If need be, we should find what makes us happy or search til we are. Great work.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Thelyricwriter,

Yes, exploring what makes us happy is very important to our physical and emotional well being and it also helps us develop our passion and purpose in life.

Your lovely and supportive comments have really put a smile on my face today. It always makes me feel good when someone lets me know that they enjoyed my writing.

Thanks for taking time to leave feedback.


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DON BALDERAS 5 years ago

Happiness I believe is finding meaning in little or big things coming along our way. It takes a heart, a big heart to welcome happiness and appreciation to his side.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Welcome Don Balderas,

I love the image of a big heart welcoming happiness and appreciation. Thanks for instilling that image into my mind this morning and thank you for taking time to comment.


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Rosemay50 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

I am so pleased you commented on my hub otherwise I may never had found the truly wonderful hub of yours. Even when we are sad or hurting all we need do is look around us and see the beauty to find calm and peace.

Your hub is full of peace and tranquility.

Thank you for sharing


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Rosemay50,

So glad you enjoyed this hub and I thank you for leaving such an insightful and lovely comment.

Will definitely be going back to read more of your hubs and poetry.


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qlcoach 5 years ago from Cave Junction, Oregon

Yes to the power of choosing positive feelings, positive thoughts, positive actions, and positive beliefs. This is the process of emotional recovery that I have devoted my life to learning and passing it forward to others in need. Great Hub. We think alike on many things. Peace and Light...Gary.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Welcome Gary,

Thanks for stopping by, leaving such a great comment and verifying from your personal experience and training that choosing positive feelings, actions, thoughts and beliefs empowers us. It took me a long time to come to that realization but once I did it made a big difference in my life.

I always appreciate and look forward to your comments.


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Dee aka Nonna 5 years ago

Who would want to choose to be sad and miserable, yet many do. Have you ever know someone who couldn't seem to function unless they were complaining about something? Got to be a terrible way to live. Great hub! Really enjoyed reading it.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Dee aka Nonna,

Unfortunately I have known people who have been very depressed and unable to feel joy. It's a terrible way to live and when I see someone like that I try to encourage them to seek counseling but if they're unwilling I feel compassion and pray for them.

Thanks for taking time to read my hub and for leaving an insightful comment. It's greatly appreciated.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

Very useful hub. Thank you!


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi PDXKaraokeGuy,

Glad you found it useful. It took me a long time to realize I could choose happiness in present moments even when going through challenging events and experiences. And once I realized that, it was very empowering.


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia

You deserve the comments HBN. You have always been equally supportive. You reaaly make good points on this article. As you said, the state of gratitude someone applies to their life can be real rewarding. I know, personally, helping others is fulfilling to myself. I get happy when I help people. That is what life is about. I walk to work right now cause I have no vehicle. I met a new friend at work and his mom gives me a ride home. Yesterday, as I always do, I try to express how thankful I am. I told her once again and she stated, "We are here to carry out the Lord's work. It is all about helping others. In due time, we are rewarded for are good heart and good deeds". Then, I reread this and it was almost like I was meant to. You are very wise and as you are in the medical field, I am sure you have helped many people in your life. It really is what life is about. It would be such a special place if we all adapted and acted upon this. What an article.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Lyricwriter,

I believe you WERE meant to read this article today as it reinforces the path you are already on- one of gratitude even in a time of difficult circumstance. Thank you so much for sharing your transportation example in this hub as it is a perfect illustration of the point I was trying to get across. I love the fact that another's helpfulness has resulted in a means for you to get to and from work and I also love that you shared what she said to you which was beautiful, inspiring and wise. I believe each act of kindness does carry out the Lord's work and that we each help shift the world in a more positive direction whenever we are kind to others.

Sending Hub Hugs your way,

Gail


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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

YEAH, Gail got a "100..."-- You go girl!!

"experience has taught me that hapiness can be a conscious choice"

Thank you for this spiritually enriching hub, Gail. I needed to pause and reprioritize for a bit. This has helped greatly.

I am glad to have found this so late as the comments are beautiful and inspiring/ showing how valuable your contributions to us are. This is a keeper-- to be bookmarked!

Voted UP & UABI-- see you around HubCampus..., mar!


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Mar,

That score keeps bouncing up and down like a rubber ball, but it's fun to see it when it has 3 digits. Thanks for noticing.

I just re-read this myself and thought how similar it is to your recent mantra series and your new series. I think we've each reached similar conclusions about happiness through our life experiences.

But I do find that one must practice these spiritual lessons on a daily basis or it's easy to get mired in the day to day challenges that face every one of us.

Thanks so much for your ongoing support and friendship. Seeing your photo in the comment section always lifts my spirits.

Sending Hub Hugs,

Gail


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fucsia 5 years ago

"Nurses are more aware than most of the fragility and preciousness of this thing we call the life force". I am a nurse and I think this is true. We have more occasions than other to think about life, death, health, happiness and our job is an opportunity to grow.

Great Hub!


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Welcome Fuscia,

So glad you enjoyed the hub and you are so right about nursing being an opportunity to grow. It's a difficult job both physically and emotionally but at the end of the day you know you've made a difference in the lives of your patients.

Thanks for leaving such an insightful comment. It's greatly appreciated.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

HappyBoomerNurse, I agree. Happiness is largely a choice. Thanks for the reminder!


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi PDXKaraokeGuy,

Glad you enjoyed it.


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sunkentreasure 5 years ago

SECRETS OF HAPPINESS By BERNARD LEVINE

Kindness is the most

beautiful jewel in the world.

Love means having consideration

for each other.

The seeds you sow today

will be your fruit of tomorrow.

Fill your day with prayer

and your life with blessings.

Happiness is contentment

from within.

Find a dream to follow

that will stimulate your mind.

Make laughter your partner

through life.

Be prepared to fight

for what you want or believe in.

Remember - every day is a new beginning.

© Bernard Levine


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Welcome Bernard Levine,

Wow!!! What a lovely gift you gave any reader of this hub, but especially myself, by gracing it with your "Secrets of Happiness" poem. So much wisdom in so few words all strung together like a necklace of pearls. Thank you.


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vdelarosa 5 years ago from Denver, CO

Absolutely loved this hub! "If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation." Krishnamurti. That is my mantra for this week!


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Welcome Vdelarosa,

Am thrilled that you enjoyed the hub and found a new mantra for the week. It's always a blessing to instill great quotes in our thoughts and mind.

Thanks for taking time to leave a comment.


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starstream 4 years ago from Northern California

I love this article and the thoughts behind it. We all need to remember to choose joy! Sure we have low moments in our lives... that is the human experience. But...you can lift yourself to a greater understanding and focus.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Starstream,

Am thrilled that you enjoyed the hub and appreciate your insightful comment which I totally agree with.


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Make your life something beautiful for God." Mother Teresa.

this is an excellent saying.. thank you so much for sharing and writing this wonderful HUB..

Have a great New Year

I voted up and awesome


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Deborah Brooks,

Thanks so much for taking time to leave such a beautiful comment. It's greatly appreciated.

I apologize for taking so long to respond. My computer internet service was down for several days.

Hope you have a great New Year, also.

Best Regards,

Gail


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oceansnsunsets 4 years ago from The Midwest, USA

Hello Gail, I truly loved reading every word of this hub. Thank you, it is a gift in itself. The philosophy and message here is perfect for all people to ponder. I am often thinking too of how precious every day is, how relatively short life really is and its all we know for sure. I have my ideas on what comes after, and there is so much hope to be had. I like the Abraham Lincoln quote, it always makes me smile, and the Mother Teresa one as well, that really touched me. What could be more important? I am thankful to have you as a friend on Hubpages. Hubs like this are a breath of fresh air in a way. It gives some life and joy, in a world struggling to "breathe" so to speak, sometimes. (If that makes sense...) God Bless you Gail. :)


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Oceansnsunsets,

Thank you so much for your insightful and beautiful comment that felt like a gift to me this morning as I read what you had written.

I appreciate your heartfelt feedback and am thankful that we have become friends and share many hubs with each other.

What joy it is to be able to write on topics that are near and dear to our hearts.

May God bless you, too, as you continue to post your work in Hub Pages.

Gail


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Born2care2001 4 years ago from Asheville NC

Hi Happyboomernurse!

Thank you for the confirmation! This is marvelous. Well said, well researched, well presented. Wish I had done it this way!

And to top it all off, I simply adore the photo's. My wife loves bees, butterflies and Sunflowers. So good.

Voted up all the way around!

Bruce


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Born2care2001,

Thanks so much for your lovely comment. It really brightened my day and I'm so glad you enjoyed the hub and photos.

Thanks also, for the vote up which is very much appreciated.


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The Stages Of ME 4 years ago

Beautiful hub :)


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Welcome The Stages of Me,

I'm glad you enjoyed the hub.

Thanks for leaving such a nice comment. It's greatly appreciated.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

This advice is good to read time and time again. Sometimes we forget how to be happy. Not on purpose, but because our life and schedules. It all makes perfect sense HBN.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Lyricwriter,

Thanks so much for the return visit! I so agree with what you said and appreciate your ongoing support.

It's always great to see a comment that you've written.


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acaetnna 4 years ago from Guildford

A brilliant hub, well researched and I so enjoyed reading it. Voting up and pressing those buttons too!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Acaetnna,

Am so glad that you enjoyed it and I really appreciate the vote up.


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AnnaCia 4 years ago

Amazing article, lovely photos...great message. Happiness is so difficult to define and so easy go keep if we understand the basis of it. Thank you for sharing. Vote up


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi AnnaCia,

Thanks so much for the lovely feedback and the vote up. It's greatly appreciated.


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Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States

Many great quotes and thanks for sharing your experiences. Very beautiful hub on being in control of your life. Inspiring and thoughtful writing, voted up, beautiful, and interesting.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Welcome Olde Cashmere,

Thanks so much for your specific comment, feedback and the vote up. I really appreciate it.


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ubanichijioke 4 years ago from Lagos

Hi Boomer, ??? ve gathered great quotes. Awesome work!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Ubanichijioke,

How wonderful to see your name in the comment section of this hub! You've been missed but I'm thrilled to hear from you now.

Thanks for the kind words.

Sending Hub Hugs Across the Miles


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shara63 4 years ago from Delhi

Flower & the Butterfly/ Honey bee' a perfect example of symbiosis, you live for me & i live for you..this is the basic principle of life and these creatures know this fact very well thus choosing the Happiness their own way !


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Shara63,

Thank you for leaving such an observant and and profound comment and metaphor.


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caramellatte 4 years ago

Cool hub! I love quotes and the pictures are pretty.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Caramellatte,

Am so glad that you enjoyed the quotes and pictures.

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a lovely comment.


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

I came back for the second read. What a wonderful thing to read and start a day here in Kathmandu.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Vinaya,

Thanks so much for making me smile with your lovely comment. Am glad it helped you get off to a good start today.

I love how Hub Pages connects us from such distant parts of the world and am always amazed at how different our cultures are but how much we have in common when it comes to the things that bring us joy, our writing interests, our love of family and friends and the kinds of topics that we write about.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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FeminineBunny 4 years ago

wow so many comments! I'm so grateful for this article. Really what I wanted to read right before sleeping after a long day! I'm also happy many people appreciate ur beautiful article n added more insights to this.

I'm a great believer of happiness by choice. We all have the choice cos we have all we need to be happy but we focus too much on the everchanging aspects of the physical world n lose sight of life's true value and importance of intimacy with innerself.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi FeminineBunny,

So glad you enjoyed the article.

Thanks for writing such an insightful comment that adds further meaning to this hub. I agree that happiness is a choice that goes a long way toward helping us appreciate and see life's true value.


scarout 4 years ago

Great hub.....

nice pics...


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Scarout,

Thanks for the kind words. Glad you enjoyed it.


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK

Beautiful Hub and the quotes spoke to my heart. Decades ago I used to say "I wanna be happy" but as Life went on, I read books and articles, then was astonished to find, we create our own Happiness. It's not a destination. I enjoyed reading your Hub. Thanks. The photo's are beautiful too..... just like your heart.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Lady E,

Sounds like we journeyed much the same path in our readings and pursuit of happiness and reached similar conclusions.

Thanks so much for leaving such a heartfelt, lovely comment. It's greatly appreciated and brought a little extra happiness into my life this morning.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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glorgeousmom 4 years ago from Philippines

Experience was my best best teacher that happiness is really a choice. Choosing daily to weed out negative thoughts and feeding our minds with positive affirmations will help build a mind-set that will eventually create the path to happiness. If at first you don't succeed, don't despair. It takes time and you have to be patient just like a little child who persevered, never stopped from trying, unmindful of the many times he/she stumbled and has fallen in learning to walk and run.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Glorgeousmom,

Experience is a great teacher and yes, it takes ongoing vigilance to feed our minds with positive affirmations and train ourselves to make choices on a momentary and daily basis that put us on a happiness path.

Thanks so much for leaving such a detailed, insightful comment that adds to the content of this hub.

Your input and feedback is greatly appreciated.


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Icematikx 4 years ago from United Kingdom, Staffordshire

Very nice hub. Had fun reading it!


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thost 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

Great Hub, I know what you write here is so true. But it so difficult for many people to live in the present, and not the past. I think that many people worry about the future because of money problems. We tend to forget that real problems are health related.


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Whidbeywriter 4 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

How did I ever miss this beautiful hub.....oh my - what joy it brought me to read those awesome verses and the photography is amazing. Thank you so much for reminding us that it is a choice we make each and every day - to be happy and enjoy life. Blessings to you!


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Amberjewell 4 years ago

I love your sunflower pictures. I wish it was everyones choice to be happy. Unfortunately I think many are born with some tough situations and though they can choose to view those in a positive lights, it's just not that easy for some. We are only given one life and we should try to view it in the most positive way possible. It's just easy to get caught up ya know?


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Anjo Bacarisas II 4 years ago from Cagayan de Oro, Philippines

You did a dandy hub, happiness is really a choice. Everybody should read this, it is very overwhelming. Thank you for sharing! :)


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Icematikx,

So glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for leaving a comment.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Thost,

Yes, many are so worried about finances and other day to day problems that they are too distracted and upset to focus on simple pleasures of staying in the moment.

Sometimes, I also forget to focus on the moment and get wrapped up in daily concerns, but I've learned to "catch" myself during those worry lapses and consciously focus on something beautiful or positive or that I'm grateful for. Doing so makes all the difference in my overall level of happiness.

Thanks for leaving such an insightful and compassionate comment.

Gail


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Whidbeywriter,

I'm thrilled that you enjoyed the hub and photos. Thank you for bringing happiness to me today by leaving such a lovely comment.

How blessed we all are to have the option of choosing happiness each day, regardless of the many challenges we face.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Amberjewell (love your beautiful name),

I do know that many people find it hard to feel joy, especially when they are facing tough economic times or health issues. Some, who have clinical depression, may need help or antidepressent medications in order to raise their mood.

On the other hand, a surprising number of people are able to learn how to make conscious choices to find beauty and joy on a daily basis, regardless of current life challenges.

Glad you liked the sunflower pictures. I think sunflowers are the most "cheerful" looking flowers and they always bring a smile to my face.

Thanks for leaving such an insightful, compassionate comment. It's greatly appreciated.

Sending thoughts of peace, joy and love,

Gail


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Anjo Bacarisas II,

So glad that you enjoyed the hub. Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment. It's greatly appreciated.


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain

Hi Gail, what a truly inspiring hub in every aspect, I loved the photographs you chose for this hub, I loved the quotes but most of all I loved your wonderful insights and personal testimony which makes this so much more than just an interesting well written hub.

I so agree with everything you have written here, including your comments, they truly reflect the reality of what you have written about.

You have planted so much good seed through this hub that you have a great harvest coming that I know we will get to enjoy to as you share with us once again you inspirational insights.

Thank you for being you and being true maggs :D

Voting up and hitting buttons on my way out !!


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slackermom 4 years ago from Attapulgus GA

Wonderful hub. It's such a shame that so many waste time waiting for happiness when everyone has the ability to find their own happiness already.


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am301986 4 years ago from New Delhi

Your hub equally mix up of each and every thing, leaving it complete hub. Good one! Cheers!


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CriticalMessage 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

Quotes of great reminders that it is all up to us to determine our place on the happiness scale... I would like to add one in which my father consistently shared with me..

"Do not be where you do not want to be.. Blame only yourself if you are"

It has served me well.


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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

I missed this one when you published, but I found it today in browsing "best" hubs, and I'm so glad I did. The photos are absolutely beautiful, speaking so many more words than need to be written, because the images speak for themselves in a way that touches the wholeness of us, not the part-ness of us. Thank you for giving me a bright moment in a day of sadness at the loss of a dear friend. I think fate brought me here, and it's a beautiful gift you give. ~Sherri


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titi6601 4 years ago

This is how I try to live my life everyday. But, I most admit its hard at times. That's when you got to be more positive!


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Nyamache 4 years ago from Kenya

This is really one of the inspiring hubs on this hubpages. I have come to realize that most things that people worry about never happen. For this reason we should live each day happily as if tomorrow we will never be there. I agree with you that we should be grateful for the things that have happened to us instead of worrying for things that have not happened and which we are not sure if they will happen.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Maggs224,

Oh my, your lovely comment truly touched my heart and I thank you for taking time to be so specific and for adding valuable content to this hub, as well as bringing joy to me this morning.

As writers, it is always a hope that what we share in our writing can make a difference to others, so in that vein I pray that this hub will, as you say, inspire others to find happiness, even in tough times.

Sending Hub Hugs and Love Your Way,

Gail


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

And we do have a daily choice. Though sometimes it is not always easy.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Slackermom,

How true. Thanks for leaving such an insightful comment. It's greatly appreciated.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Am301986,

So glad you enjoyed the hub and thanks for taking time to leave a comment. It's greatly appreciated.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi CriticalMessage,

Thanks so much for adding to the content of this hub by sharing your father's oft used quote: "Do not be where you do not want to be.. Blame only yourself if you are."

It shows that taking responsibility for the direction of our lives take is one of the most important paths to happiness.

Thanks for passing that wisdom on to readers of this hub.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Sally's Trove,

So sorry for your loss. Perhaps fate did bring you here today because I've recently lost my Mom and just finished writing a hub about walking through a labyrinth in times of stress and grief. Perhaps that hub might also bring you a measure of relief. I am going to email you the link to it.

Thanks so much for your kind words and specific feedback.

I am glad you liked this hub, the photos and that they helped brighten an otherwise tough time for you.

Sending Hub Hugs and Love Your Way,

Gail


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Titi6601,

Glad to hear that you already practice the things I wrote about in this hub.

Thanks for taking time to leave a lovely comment. It's greatly appreciated.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Nyamache,

Thanks for leaving a comment that adds content to this hub. Your words are very wise and yet in practice it can be difficult for people to follow.

I appreciate your input.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Carol7777,

You are so right on both counts.

Thanks for taking time to leave a comment. Your feedback is greatly appreciated.


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Karine Gordineer 4 years ago from Upstate New York

This was a great hub. Thank you so much for sharing your insights. The examples you give from your own life ads more meaning to the piece for sure and the photos were inspiring as well.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Welcome Gordineer,

So glad that you enjoyed the hub and photos and I thank you for your specific feedback.


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GClark 4 years ago from United States

Great Hub - just reading it made me feel happy! Wonderful illustrations and quotations. Note: even if someone doesn't make a choice, they are choosing the opposite by default. The ability to choose is what makes us feel in charge of our life and gives us the ability to affect the possible outcome of any situation.


jusbeth16 4 years ago

Great hub :)


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sarmin898 4 years ago from Bangladesh

It's not the possession of good things that bring happiness. It is the ability to enjoy what comes. Happiness is an attitude.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi GClark,

Your point is well taken. Making no choice does indeed qualify as a choice, even though it's by default. On the other hand, consciously making a choice is, as you say, empowering.

Thanks for leaving specific feedback that added to the content of this hub. It's greatly appreciated.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Jusbeth16,

Thanks. I'm glad you enjoyed it.


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK

Beautiful and Inspiring quotes. I like the photo's too, especially the last one.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Lady E,

So glad you liked the photos and found the quotes inspirational.


Ghost32 4 years ago

I chose to be happy just looking at those photos! Nice WORK!

Voted up and a bunch.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Ghost32,

Thanks for the great comment. It brought a smile to my face this morning.

Also appreciate the vote up.


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Laura in Denver 4 years ago from Aurora

Nice hub, thanks!


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iguidenetwork 4 years ago from Austin, TX

A beautiful and inspiring hub. I like all the quotes here! Really motivating. Thanks for the great hub. :)


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vibesites 4 years ago from United States

I love hunting for quotes such as these in this hub. I love it! :)


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Anjo Bacarisas II 4 years ago from Cagayan de Oro, Philippines

the hub delight my senses, i like it so much. keep posting!


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debbiepinkston 4 years ago from Pereira, Colombia and NW Arkansas

Happiness truly is a choice. I read recently that the American search for happiness actually creates much more unhappiness. I think "contentment" is more what we're after. Being content with what we have, where we're at in live, and simply enjoying our life as it is can bring happiness.


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Green Art 4 years ago

Such a sunny and positive hub! I totally enjoyed the quotes, photographs and your positive attitude throughout. Voted UP and Useful!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Laura in Denver,

Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for leaving a lovely comment.


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Ericdierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

It is incredible how obvious the good choice is. How clearly it is ours to choose. But what blows the mind is all that we suffer is obliviated if we choose this low hanging fruit of happiness.

(I do indeed dip my hat and appreciate those poor souls with which illness deprives them of the choice) But they are even more reason for us to choose the shining path that they can at least hope for.


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Hello Gail,

This was so profound and I will book mark this and share. You have hit on so many things that I have gone through lately. Happiness is a choice and how we look at situations, makes all the difference in the world. Giving of ourselves with a smile and love in our heart makes the task and life's trials so much better. I know when mom was diagnosed with Lung cancer I got so scared, thinking, how will I would handle all of the care with dad paralyzed from the stroke, as mom had been his caregiver. This seemed like too much. .But I began to take one day at a time and everything I did...I did out of love not fear or burden and boy did it make a difference. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful gift.

Sunnie


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Iguidenetwork,

So glad you found the hub inspirational and motivational, and that you enjoyed it.

Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment. It's greatly appreciated.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Vibesites,

So thrilled that you enjoyed the quotes and thanks for leaving such a lovely comment. It's greatly appreciated.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Anjo Bacarisas,

So thrilled that you enjoyed the hub and that it delighted your senses.

Thanks for leaving such specific feedback. It's greatly appreciated.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Debbiepinkston,

Thanks for adding an insightful comment that increases the content of this hub. I agree that, "Being content with what we have, where we're at in life, and simply enjoying our life as it is can bring happiness."


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Green Art,

Thanks for the specific feedback. Your sunny, positive comment brought joy to me tonight and I appreciate the vote up.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Ericdierker,

Thanks for leaving such an insightful comment that added wisdom and compassion to this hub. Your feedback and input is greatly appreciated and I'm glad that you enjoyed the hub.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Sunnie,

Your comment really touched my heart and I could so relate to everything you said, especially this: "But I began to take one day at a time and everything I did...I did out of love not fear or burden and boy did it make a difference."

Yes, that attitude and action is so key to getting through tough times and for still finding joy and love on a momentary basis.

May God bless you my big hearted friend. I know you will take every experience into your writings and bring goodness into the world with the sharing of struggles, triumphs, joys and sadness through your extraordinary fiction and also through your memoir style and non-fiction pieces.

Hub Hugs and Love,

Gail


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michyoung 4 years ago from North Carolina, USA

Love you hub. That is exactly what we need in order to have a peaceful and a meaningful life.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Michyoung,

So glad you enjoyed the hub and found its contents meaningful.

Thank you for leaving such a lovely feedback. It's greatly appreciated.


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anuws 4 years ago from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A great hub! I enjoyed reading :)


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Anuws,

So glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for leaving a comment.


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Well Gail your hubs are just as I remember and I am savig this one into My favourite hubs 'slot.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Eddy,

So thrilled to see a comment from you and have you back on HubPages, if only for a little bit.

I checked your new HubPages bio out and saw that you've published an ebook titled, "Sunshine Ray and I" which, from the title and book review, looks like it should be a good read for anyone who's ever survived tough times yet still managed to find happiness. Good luck with it.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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Dbro 4 years ago from Texas, USA

I decided to start reading your hubs after your kind comment on one of mine, and I'm so glad I started with this one! What a lovely, insightful article, and so beautifully augmented with your photographs. It was a pure pleasure to read. Thanks so much for posting such a wonderful affirming hub!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Dbro,

Am thrilled that you enjoyed the hub and photos and found them uplifting and inspirational.

Thanks so much for leaving such specific and lovely feedback.

It's greatly appreciated and brought a ray of joy into my day.


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Ericdierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Just loved revisiting and seeing all the love as expected. Joy and freedom and even Love are pathways to this beautiful concept known as happiness.

"happiness is a flower, that we do not worry about how long it will last, we enjoy when we do, and it is happy for us"


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Welcome back Ericdierker, and thank you for contributing such a beautiful quote about happiness to this hub. It started my day with a burst of joy!

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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Marie-Renee 4 years ago

Such a beautiful hub. Feel so bad though that I just read it. I do believe that happiness can be anything in our lives that we choose to be happy about. Some people make the mistake of equating success to wealth then to happiness. And thus they work so hard that they miss out on some very simple things that can give us happiness like our family, love, children, being able to help others and so many form. But then again, they chose to be happy with their wealth and success, and like I said to each his own.

Voted up and across, shared , pinned and tweeted.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Marie-Renee,

So glad that you enjoyed the hub.

I agree that it is often the simple, free things in our lives that bring the most happiness and joy.

It's a true blessing that we can choose happiness and balance in our lives.

Thanks for leaving an insightful comment and for the vote up, sharing, pinning and tweet! It's truly appreciated.


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CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

"kind thoughts and actions costs nothing and brings great joy into my own life and I've found that it's a natural antidote to depression." -- I like this line.

What a delightful read I had on this rainy Saturday afternoon. This is awesome, very inspirational and beautifully written. It's definitely worth sharing. I love the visuals.

P.S. I actually have that book you mentioned here-Choosing Happiness by Alexandra Stoddard and I love her and her books. That particular one actually has never left my bedside since purchased and I just keep on going through it time and again.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi CrisSp,

So happy that you enjoyed the hub and found it inspiring.

Sounds like you are definitely one who chooses happiness on a daily basis. How wonderful that you keep Alexandra Stoddard's beautiful book on your bedside stand. I can see why you would return to it time and again.

Thanks so much for leaving an insightful comment that adds to the content of this hub.

Hope the rest of your day is beautiful despite the rainy weather.

Gail


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iluvdj0612` 4 years ago from Province of Rizal, Philippines

awesome hub! this inspires me too!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Iluvdjo,

So thrilled that you enjoyed it and found it inspiring.

I appreciate your lovely comment.


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iluvdj0612` 4 years ago from Province of Rizal, Philippines

thanks too!! you help and inspire in your ways!! keep it up!!!


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Whew, I'm exhausted from reading all the wonderful comments about your wonderful hub! Your pictures are beautiful and your quotes so appropriate. I especially like your advice, "When we choose to live in a state of gratitude we view life as the gift it is and appreciate all the positive things in our lives."

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Tillsontitan,

Thanks so much for your lovely comment and specific feedback. I do believe having an attitude of gratitude fosters happiness.

Appreciate the vote up.


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faisalb87 4 years ago from Pakistan

Great Hub.....


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litsabd 4 years ago

I felt so soothed inside when reading across your hub. Happiness is sure an inner state and can be achieved through gratitude for what we have been blessed to have in our lives, such as health, people to care for and care back at us and gosh so many more.


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saralj 4 years ago from Amman, Jordan.

Thank you for sharing these lovely quotes! Cheers up. :)


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khmohsin 4 years ago from London,UK

Happyboomnurse

A great inspiring post by you having all about happiness. I hope you will keep it up in future also. This leads to happiness earning from day to day.

I am sharing this great post with friends too/


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Faisalb87,

So glad you enjoyed it.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Litsabd,

Thank you so much for leaving a comment that adds to the content and essence of this hub.

Your insights are beautiful and very much appreciated.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Saralj,

So thrilled you enjoyed the hub. Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Khmohsin,

So thrilled that you found happiness and inspiration by reading and viewing this hub and thank you so much for sharing it with your friends.

Your kindness has brightened my day.


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Shrikrishnap 4 years ago from Bangalore

This is one of those uplifting hubs. Everyone wants to be happy in life but never know how to be happy. To become happy people keep on searching happiness all around and never realize happiness is their own nature.

I loved these nice explanation & nice quotes in this hub. Especially the honey bee one. :) Care & share with others, Serve others and happiness is yours.

Thanks for this nice hub.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Shrikrishnap,

So glad you found the hub uplifting and that you enjoyed the quotes and photos.

I love the honey bee quote too, as it is indeed, an honor to labor in order to serve others.

Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment. It's greatly appreciated.


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neeti911 4 years ago

Inspiring and beautiful. It's true. I have noticed that if I wake up with a smile on my face,my day is brilliant. All in the mind :). Have a great day!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Neeti911,

So glad you found it inspiring and beautiful and thank you for adding such an uplifting comment!

Hope you, too, have a great day.


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

A true gem once again Gailmy very dear friend. Here's to so many more to come. I am posting this one onto my Fb page 'Everyone has a dream.'

Enjoy your day.

Eddy.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Eddy,

Am thrilled and honored to have you post this on your beautiful, 'Everyone Has a Dream' Facebook page!

Thanks so much.

Will be stopping by your profile page later today.

Hub Hugs & Love,

Gail


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heavenleigh707 4 years ago from The Invincible Heart of Neverland

Ooooh! This blessed me immeasurably. Thank you so much! You are courageous and a bringer of light and peace. Now. Yes, being in the now is the salvation of our minds. ;)

"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation." Krishnamurti.

This one was my favorite quote - though I love them all! Thank you for taking the time to choose such wonderful quotes for this GREAT Hub! Happily voted up, up and up! :)


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Heavenleigh,

Wow! Your comment has brought great joy to me today and appreciation that during the past few days we've discovered each other's hubs.

I'm thrilled that you enjoyed this article and thank you for your kind words, the specific feedback, and the vote up.

Hope you have a wonderful day.

Sending Hub Hugs Your Way,

Gail


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Rebecca E. 4 years ago from Canada

well put and well said, am do happy to have read this... I know I could have chosen a better word, but this has made my day.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Rebecca E.,

So thrilled that you enjoyed this hub and felt like it made your day.

Thanks so much for the lovely feedback. It's greatly appreciated.


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Kimberly Vaughn 4 years ago from Midwest

Great quotes and pictures! I especially love the quote, "We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting what we don't have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have."


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Kimberly Vaughn,

I agree that's a wonderful quote and following the essence of it yields present moment results. When we appreciate the things we do have it makes us feel better.

Thanks for your feedback. It's greatly appreciated.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Wonderful hub, although I still think that happiness is easier for some than for others. My mom and I are perfect examples of that. She had a rough childhood but has always been an optimist. She gave me a childhood where I felt loved and cherished, but I have been depressed since I was a young child. That's something I was born with and hard to fight.

Still, I enjoy reading these types of hubs, because I know that if I focus on the positive and try to rid the negative in my life, surrounding myself with the positive, then I can choose happiness a little better. :-) Many votes!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Victoria,

Thank you so much for adding your own insights and experiences to this hub.

I agree that some of us are born with a genetic predisposition toward depression.

Clinical depression can be difficult to overcome, but treatment, medications and lifestyle changes do help many achieve a better quality of life.

Making a conscious choice to focus on the positive doesn't alleviate clinical depression but it can be an effective coping mechanism that helps raise one's level of happiness.

I so admire anyone who is depressed, yet continues to seek ways to feel better.

Thanks again, for your valuable feedback and the sharing of your own experience.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


susanm23b 4 years ago

What a beautiful and positive hub! We all need reminders to be thankful for what we have--especially when days are challenging and difficult. It is so easy to become mired in the negative.

Your photos are gorgeous and I especially love the way you formatted this. Excellent hub! Voted up and beautiful :)


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Susan,

So thrilled that you enjoyed it and thank you so much for your kind words and specific feedback.

I totally agree about needing reminders to be thankful, as I still have to remind myself of that fact sometimes. LOL

Hope you have a wonderful and Blessed Thanksgiving,

Gail


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Rebecca E. 4 years ago from Canada

needed to come back and read it again, I needed some "happiness' fix, and this is a great hub for it. I love this, and I still enjoy seeing that flower with the butterfly. =)


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Rebecca E.,

So happy to see you liked it enough to make a return visit.

The flower- butterfly picture is one of my favorites, too.

Just got lucky that day and clicked at the right second.

Thanks for your kind words and support. They're greatly appreciated.


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ewritebradford 4 years ago from USA and UAE

Wonderful and positive, this is what makes the world a better place! Great Hub!

Thanks!


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Happyboomernurse 3 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Ewritebradford,

So glad that you enjoyed the hub.

Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment. It's greatly appreciated.


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Break of Dawn 3 years ago

I needed to read this colorful and inspirational hub this cold and dark Swedish winter morning. It brought a smile to my face. Absolutely beautiful, and as always, your photography are just stunning. Thank you!


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Happyboomernurse 3 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Break of Dawn,

So thrilled it brought a smile to your face on an otherwise cold and dark Swedish winter morning.

Thanks so much for your kind words. They're greatly appreciated.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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Rusticliving 3 years ago from California

Gail, this is such a wonderful hub. Everyone should read this hub. Such a great way to express how we can choose to be happy. I too would waste so much time worrying about my loved ones that I would forget how to live and have joy. Kudos on such a wonderful hub. Thumbs up and shared ♥♥♥---Lisa


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Deepak Chaturvedi 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

nice thinking. Liked you hub.Thanks to share,


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vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

I do believe happiness is a choice. We can do so much to make our lives happier, and that should involve helping others. After all, "there is more happiness in giving than in receiving". I try to live by that principle. This is a beautiful hub. May you enjoy every day of life with your dear husband. : )


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Indian Chef 3 years ago from New Delhi India

Hi happyboomernurse,

I really liked what you wrote. I liked the one in which you said happiness is not in getting what you don't have but in appreciating what you have. We have a saying here that happiness is not in getting but in giving. Voting it up and useful


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

This was beautiful and informative. Makes me want to visit South Carolina again. My sister and her family live up there and it is a gorgeous place. So are your pictures!


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Happyboomernurse 3 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Rusticliving,

Am thrilled that you enjoyed the hub. Thanks so much for leaving such a lovely comment. The thumbs up and share are greatly appreciated.


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Happyboomernurse 3 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Deepak,

So glad you enjoyed the hub and thanks for the lovely comment. It's greatly appreciated.


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Happyboomernurse 3 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Vespawoolf,

Your insightful and kind comment really touched my heart. Thanks so much for the beautiful feedback. Your ongoing support is greatly appreciated.

I'm not surprised that you try to live by a principle of giving.

Sending a Bouquet of Hub Hugs & Love,

Gail


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Happyboomernurse 3 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Indian Chef,

Love your saying that happiness is not in getting, but in giving.

Glad you enjoyed the hub and thanks so much for leaving a lovely comment.


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Happyboomernurse 3 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Peg Cole,

So thrilled that you enjoyed the hub and photos and thanks so much for your beautiful comment. Your feedback is greatly appreciated.


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Neinahpets 3 years ago from Greater Toronto Area, Canada

PegCole: I have been away from South Carolina for a year and a half in Canada so I can say these beautiful springlike pictures make me miss it myself.

Happyboomernurse: This is a great article and I really enjoyed reading it. I especially loved the beautiful photos.

Voted up :) Thanks for sharing!


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Maya Pillai 3 years ago from Pune

Nice article on happiness. I liked all the pics also. it made my day reading this hub. Please keep this hub going. Thanks, Maya


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AlliOop 3 years ago

So beautiful and so true! Several years ago I was diagnosed with a medical condition that changed my life. I battled with depression for quite some time afterwards. I would think to myself "How can I be happy when my life as I knew it is gone?" But then I decided I wanted to be happy, regardless of my circumstances. It wasn't an easy change to make, but I'm so glad I did. I'm bookmarking this hub so I'll always have something to remind me that my happiness does not depend on the world around me, it depends on me.


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Happyboomernurse 3 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Neinahpets,

So glad that you enjoyed it and thank you so much for the vote up. It's greatly appreciated.


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Happyboomernurse 3 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Maya Pillai,

Thanks so much for the lovely feedback and kind words. It's greatly appreciated.


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Neinahpets 3 years ago from Greater Toronto Area, Canada

You are very welcome Happyboomernurse!


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Happyboomernurse 3 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi AlliOop,

Thank you for leaving such a heartfelt and specific comment and for sharing your own experience with making the choice to be happy, regardless of being diagnosed with a medical condition.

I'm glad you were able to move beyond the limitations of your condition and continue to find happiness. It can be quite challenging to do so, but you are proof that it is indeed possible.


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gail641 3 years ago from Mason City

Hello, I agree that happiness is a choice. I think its a good idea to think positive thoughts, and to always be positive to others which makes for happiness. I never want to put others down which causes unhappiness. Being happy is a good idea and a wise choice. Its good for health, too. I enjoyed reading your hub and the beautiful flowers and bees.


dreamseeker2 3 years ago

I love your hub and will be sharing it on fb. : ) Voted it up and awesome as each and every photo you shared and your thoughts besides the quotes brought in a ray of sunshine into an otherwise, overcast and gloomy morning. Thank you for this one...very uplifting and full of life, the way its intended to be.


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daisyjae 3 years ago from Canada

Happiness is a choice, but its so hard sometimes. Thats why its good that there are so many positive hubs on here, to remind us.


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DREAM ON 3 years ago

You lead the way to happiness I am so proud to follow.Wonderful and so true.


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gmwilliams 3 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

This is such an uplifting hub. Happiness is a choice. People either elect or not elect to be happy. There are people who are the happiest under the direst circumstances while there are others quite morose under the best. Voted up for totally inspirational.


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Cyndi10 3 years ago from Georgia

I like the interesting way you put this together, with the quotes, the visuals and your perspective. I agree that happiness is a choice. Sometimes it is one the most difficult choices that a person can make. I realize I am viewing it very simplistically given the variables that can go into being happy, like the chemical make up of the brain and the contribution genetics may play. Still, I will always try to choose to be happy regardless of the adversity.

Such a good hub. Glad to have read it.


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Happyboomernurse 3 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Gail641,

Thanks for leaving such an insightful comment. I agree that taking time and care to bring happiness to others is a win-win situation that helps increase our own happiness as it brings joy to others.


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Happyboomernurse 3 years ago from South Carolina Author

Dear Dreamseeker2,

So thrilled this hub brought a ray of sunshine into your life on a dreary day. Thanks so much for your lovely, specific feedback and for sharing it on faceback.

Your support is greatly appreciated.


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Happyboomernurse 3 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Daisyjae,

Yes, I have to remind myself sometimes that I almost always have the option of choosing happiness, even in challenging times.

Thanks for leaving an insightfull comment. Your feedback is greatly appreciated.


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Happyboomernurse 3 years ago from South Carolina Author

Dear Dream On,

Your beautiful comment really touched my heart and brought me a ray of happiness today.

Thanks so much for your ongoing support. It means so much to me.

Sending you a Bouquet of Hub Hugs & Love,

Gail


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Happyboomernurse 3 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Gmwilliams,

Well said! I am often amazed at how some people are able to find happiness during difficult times. Often, it seems to stem from their ability to find joy in life's simple and true pleasures. They seem to appreciate things like the beauty of a flower, touch of a friend, companionship of a beloved pet, etc.

Thanks so much for your insightful comment. It's greatly appreciated.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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Happyboomernurse 3 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Cyndi10,

Yes there are many variables, including genetic ones and clinical depression that can interfere with some people's ability to experience happiness, no matter how much they might want to do so.

I agree, though, that for most of us, making the choice of happiness is often all that's needed to experience it.

Thanks for leaving such a thoughtful comment. It's greatly appreciated.


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yogawithbarb 3 years ago from Tennessee

Yes, I absolutely believe happiness is by choice, and like you I have learned the people who exude the most joy have also endured the most hardship. There is something about getting to the other side of difficulty that multiplies joy if you choose to be happy. I enjoyed this article and the quotes.


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gail641 3 years ago from Mason City

Your welcome.


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bucker98 3 years ago

This is a great hub, Gail. I'm particularly hit by the qoute which says that being in the present moment is key to mental wellness. I always struggle to keep my thoughts under controll as they tend to wander into the vastness of illusion. I know I have to focus on the now and not anywhere else. Not past nor future. Thanks for this reminder.

God bless,

Buck


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Happyboomernurse 3 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Yogawithbarb,

Thanks for leaving such an insightful comment.

I agree with what you wrote. On a personal level, overcoming challenges and hardships taught me how to be fully conscious of, and grateful for the simple things in life, which are also those things that bring the most happiness- loving relationships, the beauty of nature, etc.


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Happyboomernurse 3 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Buck,

Thanks for leaving such an insightful comment and for sharing your own thoughts and experiences.

I too still struggle sometimes to remain focused in the moment and appreciate the good things in life.

Hope you have a blessed, joyful and beautiful day,

Gail


Benjamin Chege 3 years ago

Hi Happyboomernurse. Well done hub. I do believe that happiness is a choice. I am inspired by most of your quotes especially "Don't judge by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant." It teaches us on focusing on the process, rather than the results in everything we do, be it business or other aspects of life. And the good thing about it is that a well designed, detailed and useful process always lead to excellent results. Great hub. I enjoyed a lot. Voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful and interesting.


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Happyboomernurse 3 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Benjamin,

Thanks so much for leaving such an insightful and profound comment that adds to the content of this hub.

I love what you said about focusing on the process rather than results and agree that a well designed, detailed and useful process is what leads us to excellent results.

I greatly appreciate your feedback and the votes up.


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mary615 22 months ago from Florida

I'm so glad I found this Hub! I have enjoyed reading all the comments from so many people that were touched by your writing. I am touched, too. I've had many problems (but hasn't everyone?), but I choose to be grateful for each day the Lord sees fit for me to live just one more day.

Voted this UP, etc. and shared.


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tillsontitan 22 months ago from New York

What a lovely hub to find on a gloomy day! We're waiting for the snow and the only sunshine right now is the sunshine from this hub! The thoughts and pictures are perfect.

Voted up, useful, and awesome.


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PegCole17 22 months ago from Dallas, Texas

You've really summed it up quite nicely here, Gail. I love the quotes and the philosophy of looking for the good in things. This thought process literally changed my life for the better when I decided to make a conscious choice about what kind of day I was going to have.


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Happyboomernurse 22 months ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Mary,

Your beautiful comment touched my heart and made my day. Yes, choosing to be grateful for each day uplifts our spirit, even when we are facing problems.

Thanks so much for the vote up and share. Your support is always appreciated.

Sending Love & Hugs,

Gail


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Happyboomernurse 22 months ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Tillsontitan,

I've been having trouble answering comments. Thought I already answered this one but it looks like it never went through.

Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment. It's greatly appreciated!

Hope you made out okay with the snow.

Hugs,

Gail


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Happyboomernurse 22 months ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Peg,

Thanks for leaving such an insightful comment and sharing your own philosophy about making a conscious choice each day. I find it really helps to set a positive intention.

Hugs,

Gail


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vocalcoach 16 months ago from Nashville Tn.

Dear Gail - I've been here many times and will continue to reward myself with still more visits. You've provided us with wisdom and healing along with much-needed support. I feel as though you are talking straight to me. I still want to blame others for my unhappy thoughts. But when I read this magnificent article and feel the life of your photos I become empowered with the truth - "Choosing Happiness Is My Choice."

I love to learn and grow. You've helped me to do just that.

Blessings of love and harmony -

Audrey


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Happyboomernurse 15 months ago from South Carolina Author

Dear Audrey,

Your heartfelt and specific feedback brought much happiness to me today and I thank you for your kind and thoughtful words and am glad you found the hub uplifting enough to return to it.

So sorry for the long delay in responding to your comment. Didn't see what you wrote until today.

Sending Blessings and Love,

Gail

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