Happy Is As Happy Does

I think of Forrest Gump when I think of the headline of this post, even though Tom Hanks as Gump said, “Stupid is as stupid does.”

I’ve seen the movie several times; it ranks as one of my favorites, and I believe that Forrest Gump is a happy guy.  Granted, what you see in his demeanor isn’t the giddiness that you usually attribute to happiness, but as I’m learning from Galen Pearl’s soon-to-be-released book, happiness comes in many shapes and sizes.

10 Steps to Finding Your Happy Place (and Staying There)

Galen’s book, based on her blog of the same name, debuts tomorrow (October 2).  The link on the heading above will take you to information about the book.

10 Steps is an inspirational read.  I haven’t finished it yet and will write an “official” review later in the week but I’m enjoying it so much that I wanted to give you a peek today.

As I’m reading, I feel like Galen and I are becoming friends.  She gives so much of herself in her writing; I find respite there, like we’re having a heartfelt conversation.

Galen’s work resonates with me because I think we approach life with some of the same principles.  We’ve lived a lot of life and survived. Now we’re both into thriving and really living . . . in a happy sort of way.

Happiness is soul work and I’m grateful for it.  It’s the work I’ll never regret and never turn down.

As you head into your week, enjoy these quotes from Galen’s book.  And don’t forget to check back later in the week for the full review of 10 Steps to Finding Your Happy Place (and Staying There).

May the trail of your happiness be wide and long today!

By happy place, I don’t mean a place of unrelenting inner sunshine.  I mean a place of refuge and spiritual sustenance.  Of contented fulfillment.  Home.

I would go so far as to say that being happy is one of the most unselfish and socially responsible things we can do in our lives.

We must remember that change is always a process, and our journey toward happiness is no different.

We choose the stories we tell ourselves.  Even better, we can choose not to tell ourselves any stories at all and just pay attention to what is really happening.

When we say we want to choose happiness instead of rightness, we don’t mean that we want to silence our own voice of truth.  We don’t mean that we want to keep the peace by betraying our spirit.  It doesn’t mean going along to be part of the crowd.  It doesn’t mean choosing fear.

Living in your happy place doesn’t mean always feeling happy.  But it does mean honoring your feelings with gentle acceptance.  All your feelings.


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