There is always something to celebrate. It may not always seem that way on the surface. But stop. Think. And breathe. Isn’t it wonderful to feel alive? Here, from writers and artists, comedians and scientists, jazz musicians and philosophers and some of the smartest people who ever lived are hundreds of reminders that happiness is everywhere and the glass is half-full. It’s the perfect gift of optimism, for good times and not-so-good times.
“There are flowers everywhere for those who want to see them.” — Henri Matisse, artist
“I don’t trust anyone who doesn’t laugh.” — Maya Angelou, writer
— “Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.”— Guillaume Apollinaire, poet
“Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry.” — Jack Kerouac, writer
“Think of all the beauty that is still left in and around you and be happy.” — Anne Frank, diarist