Service and Smiles

A sentiment that I’ve heard quite a bit over the years in discussions of service is that sometimes “all people need is a smile”. Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about that and wondering about the times in my life when a smile was all it took to...

Happiness Is … Remembering

The morning light shone warmly on Sarah’s eyelids. She only sighed and let her body sink more deeply into her sleep-warm sheets. She had only just begun to drift back into sleep when she felt a tiny little something tracing over her face and heard the barely...
Happiness Is A Grateful Heart

Happiness Is A Grateful Heart

There’s an old story that says an ungrateful man is like a hog under a tree eating apples. He never looks up to see where the apples come from. Do you ever look up? President Ezra Taft Benson said “I hope we can be happy where we are, be grateful for our...
Happiness is Knowing Our Families Are Eternal

Happiness is Knowing Our Families Are Eternal

Take a moment and picture the eternities. What do you see for yourself? I used to have rather ephemeral visions of heaven; maybe I would be transformed into an angel and is rather simple; to spend it in the company of my loved ones, experiencing the joys of familial...
Happiness Is Staying Busy

Happiness Is Staying Busy

“Miserable people wallow. They just sit there. They don’t have a “Things to Do” list, they have a “Things to Don’t” list. They don’t “go and do” they sit and stew.” (John Bytheway, How To Be Totally...

There Is Sunshine In My Soul Today

Oh, there’s sunshine, blessed sunshine When the peaceful, happy moments roll. When Jesus shows His smiling face, There is sunshine in the soul. (LDS Hymn #227) It’s difficult for me to find the words to express the feelings in my heart at this moment. This...
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