Happiness is Being Grateful
I came across a friend’s blog the other day and it got me thinking… Summer, who blogs at A Happy Mum asked a question, What Are You Happy For This Month? (And it was for the Month of Aug, which I’m a couple of days late!) Nonetheless, I realised it’s a question that requires me to reflect and think quite a bit. A bit of running through my calendar and phone to remind me what happened.
So this is what I’m happy for this month… and effectively, It’s also what I’m grateful and thankful to God for:
I am happy for wonderful family times during the National Day weekend. Regardless of all that is happening, related or otherwise, family times are always something to be happy for.
I am happy for the yummy food we had during those family times and also during some restaurant reviews we did. Enough said. Food always makes me happy.
I am happy for precious friendship moments when we took time to meet up and have lunch together. This is despite the different situation each of us were in, the less-than-1-hour lunches we shared, and each lunch was in takeaway boxes.
I am happy for technology that helped with keeping in touch with dear ones who are overseas. Yes, that’s you in London, and the very dear one Down Under.
I am happy for prayers that covered my family during the critical balloting days in Aug. We felt so much love and our faith arose during those days. Every little comment in Social Media and every whatsapp/sms message made a difference.
Overall, August was a very stretching month of us. This was in many areas in our personal lives and work–emotions, friendships, relationships, finances, health etc. But it was still a happy month. A wise man once told me, regardless when life is good or bad, Jesus is still on the throne. He didn’t fall off right? 🙂
This is one happy picture of Nadine. Was this me in August? Well, not every day. But definitely for at least the happy days in August!
Remembering this Sunday School chorus:
J.O.Y. that is down in my heart
Deep Deep down in my heart
I’ve got joy that is down in my heart
Deep Deep down in my heart
Jesus gave it to me
And no one can destroy, destroy, destroy
Oh how I love that pic, that smile is infectious! =) Nice to read about your month of Aug and feel your joy, Jiahui. P.S. Food makes me happy too! Haha. And of course, it was wonderful to see you at the pottery class which was a fun first for us! =) Stay in touch and thanks so much for linking up!
I have also found that praying helps keep me happier. Being connected to and interceding for others brings about a certain joy too.
It is a good idea to slow down and realize how much we have to be happy about!
What a wonderful, happy post! At one of the homes for the elderly that I visit for work there is a sign hanging that says “there is always, always, ALWAYS something to be thankful for”. And it’s true. Even if you’re down and sad, there is always something to be grateful for!
I love this post! It’s always great to see something positive. It inspires others to think positively too.
I put a saying on my refrigerator and force myself to repeat it every time I look at it: It is not happy people who are grateful, but grateful people who ware happy.
Definitely a good thing to count your many blessings often!
Awww, she’s absolutely adorable!
I really love your post. The power of positive thinking and gratitude is amazing.
I’m happy for a healthy family!
That picture is the epitome of JOY!
There are times when we have to reflect, focus on the good, and that gives us the strength to make it through the challenging days.
I think gratefulness and contentment definitely go hand in hand when it comes to happiness!