What makes you happy?

Pharrell Williams has gotten us all singing and dancing about happiness. “Happy,” from the soundtrack of Despicable Me 2 was nominated for Best Original Song at the 86th Academy Awards earlier this year.

One of our local school principals made a cool video to the tune of “Happy” to encourage community support for a tax initiative to relieve crowding at the district’s middle school (currently, the largest one in the state of Missouri). Check it out at:


Phil Robertson writes about happiness in his book, Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander. While I’ve not read Mr. Robertson’s book, I am a fan, and, with a title like that, I’d bet it’s worth a look.

We talk about “happy pills” and “happy places.” Happiness is important to us humans. It varies somewhat for everyone, but happiness usually involves fun, friends and family, peaceful days, and stress-free sleep. Happiness is associated with satisfied tummies and sufficiently full bank accounts. It may include pleasing music and breathtaking landscapes. A good book, a hot bath, a day at the beach, a piece of fine chocolate, a job well-done, a day of yard work – those are just some of the ways we define happinesblog - haPPY2s.

And, as I write I remember a little purple-and-blue-trimmed book from my childhood. I still have the 1971 Peanuts paperback, Happiness is a Sad Song by Charles M. Schulz. In recent years, they have published “warm blanket” and “warm puppy” versions as well.

While there are lots of ways we can feel momentary happiness or glee, there may not be as many ways to feel the contentment and peace that comes even in times that aren’t necessarily “happy.” We aren’t able to feel jubilant and joyful at all times, because life is just hard a lot of the time. However, we may be able to rest in trials and difficulties.

A popular benediction reminds us that lasting peace, peace beyond what we can comprehend comes through Him.

“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Phillipians 4:7 KJV)

I love “Happy,” but here’s another one I like…

“It is Well with My Soul” is a hymn written by hymnist Horatio Spafford and composed by Philip Bliss. Here are two lovely versions of this great song. One is more traditional, and the other leans contemporary. Choose whichever one makes you… happy!



Today’s give-a-way is sure to make you happy! My Christian sister, (to clarity for my contemporaries, this is not to be confused with Night Ranger’s song, “Sister Christian”) Joann Brown, makes some awesome natural soaps, scrubs, fragrances, and more. Plus I love her company name: Absolved SoapsandMore. Her goodies smell great and come in super cute packaging. Check out all of Joann’s products:


Enjoy a Thoughtful Thursday!




2 responses

  1. Your post today makes me smile. Happy is not the opposite of sad but somewhere in between. Don’t you find that it is the small things and not the big ones that makes a person happy? Reading about all the trials in so many lives on Facebook the last few weeks, I wish there was a way to share some of happiness with them.

    • Right, Charla, happiness may refer to the more superficial pleasures in life rather than the deeper feeling of peace. But, hey who doesn’t want a lot of happy in our world today!