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The re-discovery of happiness … day 1

Ever wonder why pets and kids are always happy?  Simply because… they are.  They don’t try to find it, over analyze it, buy it or make it a goal.  They just are.  ~Christine Sternfels


There is no secret to happiness.  It’s something we all know and are capable of being.

Over the next 30 days, I will post a “Happiness” quote each day.  They are sayings by wise women and men.  From simple folk and anonymous authors to influential leaders of great nations.  From students of life to spiritual leaders.  Some will be funny and witty, while others will be deep and life-changing.  Some go back a few centuries and some were just thought of five minutes ago, which is what I will start this series with.  Yes, one of my own.

Won’t you join me on this journey?  Feel free to take along anyone you wish.  My hope is to be reminded of this special gift each day, so I may continue to share it and hold on to it forever.  So are you ready?  Buckle up, cause here we go!


61 responses

  1. Ah, life changing! Cannot wait for more! Hugs back to you Christine!

    May 16, 2012 at 5:21 am

  2. gamaraca

    I just read this: I finally figured out the only reason to be alive is to enjoy it.”
    –Rita Mae Brown,
    American writer

    Looking forward to the next 30 days, bring on the happiness!

    May 16, 2012 at 6:11 am

    • Love it!

      May 16, 2012 at 7:26 am

      • Mae Jimenez

        you are a beautiful person who has so much to show to the world. When God sprinkled blessings into the world, you must have been there to take it all in… are…superfragelisticexpialidocious!!!!!

        May 16, 2012 at 9:18 pm

        • Thank you mama, the biggest blessing of all is you. You’ve always encouraged us to be true to ourselves, taught us that success has nothing to do with money and to never ever stop dreaming. I love you!

          May 17, 2012 at 5:54 am

  3. I look forward to reading your quotes 🙂

    May 16, 2012 at 1:57 pm

  4. Locked in and ready to fly! Looking forward to the journey.

    May 16, 2012 at 2:19 pm

  5. Looking forward to it, Christine!

    May 16, 2012 at 10:28 pm

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  7. I’m loving your blog and photos – awesome! 🙂 Have a great weekend!

    May 18, 2012 at 7:33 am

    • Thank you! Have an awesome weekend too!

      May 18, 2012 at 12:18 pm

  8. You are right – my last blog does fit in – love that you are doing this series. You are right–we are all capable of being happy. Am going to follow you on your journey.

    May 18, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    • Just tuned in to your channel… see you around cyber space. Have a great weekend!

      May 18, 2012 at 1:28 pm

  9. That’s beautiful Christine and it’s so true. Love the photo and your words…look forward to your happiness quotes… and thank you for stopping by and liking my post!

    May 18, 2012 at 5:04 pm

  10. laurenzemens

    I love this! So positive and sometimes reading something like this is all anyone needs to get their blues in check!

    May 19, 2012 at 3:15 am

    • Thanks. It works for me and sharing these reminders to help cheer someone up is a bonus. Have a great weekend Lauren!

      May 19, 2012 at 2:25 pm

  11. laurenzemens

    Love this! Sometimes reading something like this is all someone needs to get their blues in check!

    May 19, 2012 at 3:16 am

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  14. Christine, I have nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award. Should you wish to accept, please go to my site and follow the instructions. Congratulations!

    May 19, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    • Thank you Liz. I am honored!

      May 21, 2012 at 1:02 pm

  15. Thank you so much for following me, because now I can follow you and it is right on time. I need 30 days of happiness right about now 🙂 I am loving your content. I will follow you on twitter too. I hope you will follow me back at @CarollAtkins. Peace & Light!

    May 20, 2012 at 11:22 am

  16. Looking forward to your quotes. Thank you.
    I’ve pasted the link below for the indie movie “Happy”, it’s wonderful and all about the search for happiness. I’ve no ties to the movie excpt enjoying it. : )

    May 21, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    • Thank you! I wil check it out.

      May 21, 2012 at 2:19 pm

  17. I love this idea, Christine. I went to a happiness weekend a couple of months ago led by a professor of positive psychology and was really inspired by it. One thing I got out of it is the benefits of listing every day three things that you are grateful for. Such a simple step can boost your levels of happiness for up to six months, apparently. That’s why I now keep a gratitude blog (I believe you are following it) at http://
    Thank you very much. 🙂

    May 22, 2012 at 1:13 am

    • First of all, thank you for subscribing to my blog. I hope you enjoy your visits. Welcome to Somethingville!

      What a great idea to blog about your gratitude. Being grateful is up on the list alongside service to others and simplifying life when it comes to happiness. This has been a great journey for me so far. I have noticed small changes happening how about you?

      May 22, 2012 at 2:23 am

      • Sounds like we are singing from the same hymn book, Christine! Service to others and simplifying your life were also mentioned at this happiness weekend. Also giving yourself a little uplift in the form of a treat was also mentioned as important. We don’t have to flog ourselves every morning and wear horse hair shirts to be happy.
        I have to say I’m feeling significantly happier on the whole since I embarked on this journey of service, simplification, gratitude and the occasional treat. 😉

        May 22, 2012 at 4:41 am

  18. Nice quote….kids are happy just the way they are…they don’t need a reason to be happy

    May 23, 2012 at 10:41 am

    • exactly… thank goodness growing up is optional!

      May 23, 2012 at 1:58 pm

  19. Nice quote!

    May 23, 2012 at 10:42 am

  20. Women in Wellness Project

    Hi Christine! I am loving your 30 days of happiness and I am going to reblog your project. Your Blog is an inspiration. Looking forward to staying in touch. 🙂 D

    May 24, 2012 at 9:37 am

    • Thank you. I’m glad this blog has inspired so many and I am so touched. Looking forward to staying in touch with you as well and thank you for following my blog. Welcome to Somethingville, I hope you enjoy your visits! Take care ~Christine

      May 24, 2012 at 12:09 pm

  21. Happiness, sometimes we are too caught up with life to think about the things that give us joy. thanks for the reminder, am a few days late but will enjoy the rest of the month!

    May 24, 2012 at 10:23 pm

  22. There’s nothing that makes me smile more than seeing a slobbery dog wagging their tail!

    May 26, 2012 at 11:04 am

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  24. Christine, I hope you never run out of happines to discover and rediscover. You are inspiring!

    June 5, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    • Thank you. We have 10 days left in the series and the next series will be on Gratitude. Not sure if I will do thirty days though, maybe a weekly reminder of what I am grateful for. By the way, thank you for subscribing to my blog. I hope you enjoy your visits! I will go check yours out next. Have a great day!

      June 5, 2012 at 7:28 pm

  25. Hey, found your blog after you found mine. Great post. Been thinking about this stuff a lot lately.

    June 5, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    • I’m glad you found me as well and I hope these inspiring quotes are helpful. Keep in touch and take care!

      June 6, 2012 at 7:42 am

  26. Doc

    Eventually everyone realizes that being happy is the most important thing. Keep up the good work.

    June 7, 2012 at 8:45 am

  27. Great Blog Christine. thanks for giving me, a novice, an opportunity to discover this. Keep blogging…

    June 7, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    • Thanks, you do the same! Stay fabulous!

      June 8, 2012 at 9:19 am

  28. Maybe the problem lies with acquiring “un-happiness” and grown ups have a hard time loosing it… Maybe we should not look for happiness, just how to loose un-happiness ?

    June 8, 2012 at 4:58 pm

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  31. Hi Christine! Loving your blog and your zest for life. Starting to think about using quotes for a series on my blog as well, but not quite there yet…

    Thanks for liking my blog, and finding me. I am so glad you did! Can’t wait to keep up with the things that you write about too!!!

    Take care!

    June 18, 2012 at 11:24 am

    • Thank you for following somethingville! I am also looking forward to reading your posts and following your series. Have a great day!

      June 18, 2012 at 11:58 am

  32. I reposted this on facebook

    June 29, 2012 at 12:53 pm

  33. I’m on board for the adventure. And i will put a link to you on my blog. Love the idea!

    July 3, 2012 at 7:36 pm

  34. Reblogged this on Alphabet Story and commented:
    H is for Happiness–this is so timely for my blog. I plan to try to celebrate something each day. So read on.

    July 3, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    • Awesome, thank you! I am looking forward to reading your blog.

      July 4, 2012 at 9:03 am

      • Happy Fourth–and thank you!

        July 4, 2012 at 10:51 am

      • Happy Fourth–and thank you! Actually I didn’t re-blog as planned. I did list you in my related articles though. Sorry – couldn’t make it work otherwise.

        July 4, 2012 at 10:54 am

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