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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Half Full & Aloha Friday Question!

"The man who makes everything that leads to happiness depends upon himself, and not upon other men, has adopted the very best plan for living happily. This is the man of moderation, the man of manly character and of wisdom." – Plato
Half Full Friday is a series of weekly posts that Eye Girl originally started in June 2009.  Now the it is hosted by Sprinkles at Wyldechylde.  We believe that a lot of our happiness is determined by our attitude about the things that happen to us. So by participating, we are deciding to see the glass as half full, instead of half empty. We are choosing to concentrate on the positives, instead of dwelling on the negatives. Our Half Full Friday posts are a way to do just that. They are a list of the things in our life that have brought us happiness over the past week. We are determined to find the something good in every day. Are you?

"Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invisible host against difficulties." ~Helen Keller

For the next week, we challenge you to keep a list of at least one thing that brought you happiness each day.

This week I'm Happy and Thankful for:
  • 3 Graduations this spring and summer to look forward to!!
  • my ability to see the lessons in adversities and trials.  
  • the love I always feel from my family and friends! :-)
"There’s simply no room for hatred in happiness. There is only love. Whenever possible, choose to forgive and forget." ~author unknown

It's also "ALOHA FRIDAY" Everyone!!  If you want to join in the fun? Post your own question on your blog and leave your link at the Aloha Friday post at An Island Life. Then you can visit the other participants if you wish...It’s a great way to make new bloggy friends or see what people are thinking about this week and join in a conversation or two if you like.
"Happiness is a state of mind. Not something you can buy in your favorite fashion outlet." ~author unknown
My question:  What is your favorite 'non-material' happiness?

My answer:   Mine is Sunshine, Laughter and Love! 
"Love is trembling happiness." ~Kahlil Gibran
Have a Fabulous Friday and Wonderful Weekend, Everyone!
Love & Hugs!
~ Coreen
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  1. My happiness:
    - My 4-year old's enthusiasm over something
    - My baby's laughter and smell
    - My husband's silly grin
    - My sister's thoughtful notes for me
    - My mother's voice

    Congratulations on the 3 graduations. I am also looking forward to Summer, the vacation time and warmer weather.

    Have a great weekend, Coreen!

  2. Hi Coreen... I love that quote saying there's no room for hatred in happiness... SO true!!!!!

    I pray that people around the world can learn to get along with each other and accept their differences...

    My favorite non-material happiness is sitting on top of a mountain watching a sunrise or sunset.... There's nothing better!!!!


  3. Hmmm, non material happiness - so much, so many! Meditation, praying with friends, laughter - mine with friends and babies giggles, fragrance of lilacs, rainbows, smell after a summer rain, thunderstorms, love, respect, appreciation for and of others, there's more but that's enough for now!

  4. For starters: seeing a hawk, perched on a fence, just outside of the window where I am writing this comment.

  5. I'm going to answer with my husband and the two girls. Now I know you will say that they are material, but they have souls, which are not!! Gotcha!! Have a great weekend!

  6. Happy Friday dear Coreen.;)
    My happiness of the non material kind is my only happiness; nature, sunsets, the sea, my family and friends, the man I love and of course Batcat. Overall just the fact that I am alive and healthy makes me happy.;)
    Have a lovely weekend dear friend,

  7. My happiness is the love of my family. as simple as that.


  8. MUSIC, in all forms not just instrumental. There is music in rain, water running, wind through the trees, etc...

    Have a great weekend Coreen :)
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

  9. My son when he laughs and when he cuddles.
    My husband when he's just simply "there."

  10. great positive post. Mine is laughing with friends...laughing until you can't think....

  11. may be clich├ęd, but my family.

  12. You know how to end the week and kick off the weekend on a happy note!

  13. My husband! He brings me happiness every single day!!
    Happy Aloha Friday!

  14. Sunshine and a blue sky make me happy.

    Have a great day!

  15. Mine are my two grandsons! sandie

  16. Mine is music and laughter. These can speak so much and you'll find it in any form and anywhere and at any time either of them can transform your moment...your day...your life.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  17. My children's laughter and snuggles!

    I'm a new follower :-)

  18. theres lots, but I love coming here so make that mine xx


  20. I would have to say GODS 4 seasons as each one changes into the next & the peace HE gives me that surpasses all understanding , also my sons enthusiasm for life ( it is contagious ) , my husbands smile and my sisters 7 year cancer free status .....these are just a few of the many many peices of non material happiness for me

  21. I love the sunset. The sky is so beautiful. It's like a free art show every night. I also love holding my husband's hand, and the laughter of little children. :)


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