I am grateful for air conditioned movie theaters. I am grateful that there are a bunch of good movies that I want to go to the theater to see, so many that I don’t think I’ll have time to see them all in the theater. That’s a problem I’m OK with having.
My prompt for this week is happiness. Here’s how it is used in the books I am reading:
- After two brief months, they found themselves enjoying a close friendship- an unexpected gift for two women who’d neither expected nor asked for much happiness. Min Jin Lee
- Stitch these lighter, more carefree moments together in your heart so the memories become like a well-loved quilt, ready to embrace you with a sense of happiness, warmth, and comfort when you need them most. Melissa Michaels
- He’d laughed, and I loved the way his eyes crinkled around the corners, like happiness enveloped his entire face. Julie Clark
- More happiness hormones were released when people imagined themselves lying on a beach than when they were on the beach. Jenifer Close
- Life’s too short to hold on to the rotten things- I’d far rather have a head full of happiness. Janine Marsh
- Friendship is a place for public happiness, a give and take that is receptive to the world and to others. Alissa Wilkinson
- They had that look about them, a smug religiosity, as if happiness were owed, in this life and whatever followed. Nina de Gramont
- “I am sure you will be necessary to my happiness here.” Deborah Davis
How I’m going to think about happiness:
- Does another person make you happy?
- Should we rely on others for our happiness?
- Is it happiness, or it’s pursuit that we are entitled to?
- Is happiness a goal that we should be actively persuing?
- Do we say I’m not happy as a sort of excuse?
- Do we think happiness is the big things and not the small?
The Bacchae Chorus (excerpt) Euripides Blessed is he who emerges from under affliction. In various ways one man outraces another in the race for wealth and power. Ten thousand men possess ten thousand hopes. A few bear fruit in happiness; the others go awry. But he who garners day by day the good of life, he is happiest. Blessed is he.