Keep Clapping

I'm here now at the train station,  waiting for a train where I will settle in and read a book for the next hour or so. This train will whisk me away to a change of scenery, to the lights of New York City, extra bright for the holiday season.   After an especially stressful … Continue reading Keep Clapping

The first few “happy days” and the little things…

I signed up for the #100happydays challenge on Tuesday, September 22nd -- shout out to Shaundrika for introducing it to me! I am a pretty happy person to begin with, so I'm not completing this challenge to become happy. I'm already happy. So why am I doing it? Reason #1:  I decided to complete this challenge … Continue reading The first few “happy days” and the little things…


I think so, and I'm going to give it a try! I especially like that this challenge encourages us to share what makes us happy with others. To find out more, visit this link: and start sharing your happy! ~Melissa

“Happiness comes when…”

“Happiness comes when your work and words are of benefit to yourself and others.” -Teachings of Buddha I really like this quote because it does seem to capture the fundamental quality of what  “happiness” is.  It also reminds me of how essential balance is for true happiness.  We need to be mindful of what is … Continue reading “Happiness comes when…”

“Experience is what you get…”

Experience is what you get when you don't get what you want. – Dan Stanford Got that?  I know that you may be very busy wallowing in your own self-pity or reliving that disappointment over and over again in your mind, and in your heart (and I am certainly talking to myself on this one … Continue reading “Experience is what you get…”

“And now, I’m glad I didn’t know…”

And now, I'm glad I didn't know the way it all would end the way it all would go. And our lives are better left to chance. I could have missed the pain, but I'd've had to miss the dance. -Song lyrics from Garth Brooks' “The Dance” When people are asked if they could go … Continue reading “And now, I’m glad I didn’t know…”

“If you want others to be happy…”

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.  If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” - Dalai Lama, 1935-present It is a seemingly simple statement with straightforward advice, but it is also one that many of us have such a hard time implementing.  In the quest for our own happiness, I think that … Continue reading “If you want others to be happy…”