28 Quotes About Happiness to Brighten Your Day

It’s International Day of Happiness, and what better way to start the day than to share 28 of my favourite quotes about happiness and what it means.

I’m choosing happiness over suffering, I know I am. I’m making space for the unknown future to fill up my life with yet-to-come surprises – Elizabeth Gilbert

 

28 inspirational quotes about happiness to brighten your day

 

To live is the rarest thing in the world – most people just exist – Oscar Wilde 

Whoever is happy will make others happy – Anne Frank

Real happiness is cheap enough, yet how dearly we pay for its counterfeit – Hosea Ballou 

The only thing that will make you happy is being who you are, and not who people think you are – Goldie Hawn

 

28 inspirational quotes about happiness to brighten your day

 

Happiness is a direction, not a place – Sydney J Harris 

I think happiness is what makes you pretty. Period. Happy people are beautiful. They become like a mirror and they reflect that happiness – Drew Barrymore

One happiness scatters a thousand sorrows – Chinese Proverb 

For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness – Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

28 inspirational quotes about happiness to brighten your day

 

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony – Mahatma Gandhi

They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for – Tom Bodett

The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it’s all that matters – Audrey Hepburn

 

28 inspirational quotes about happiness to brighten your day

 

Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get – W. P. Kinsella

All happiness depends on courage and work – Honoré de Balzac

Take responsibility of your own happiness, never put it in other people’s hands – Roy T. Bennett

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts – Marcus Aurelius

 

28 inspirational quotes about happiness to brighten your day

 

Happiness is not a goal…it’s a by-product of a life well lived – Eleanor Roosevelt

Man only likes to count his troubles; he doesn’t calculate his happiness – Fyodor Dostoevsky

I’d far rather be happy than right any day – Douglas Adams

Happiness depends upon ourselves – Aristotle 

 

28 inspirational quotes about happiness to brighten your day

 

Maybe the truth is, there’s a little bit of loser in all of us. Being happy isn’t having everything in your life be perfect. Maybe it’s about stringing together all the little things – Ann Brashares

Don’t let success go to your head and failure go to your heart – Will Smith 

 

What about you guys? What are you favourite quotes about happiness?

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Back to School!

Over the last few weeks I’ve been invited to go and speak at different local secondary schools about blogging, social media management and using social media for business and promotion as part of their ‘Future Friday’ career discussions. I’ve done this sort of thing at a bunch of schools and in workshops for adults and I absolutely love it – even though I’ve been out of a classroom properly for nearly four years it’s always a blast to have a chat with teenagers and young adults who want to learn about what I do, and I get a little kick out of seeing the facial expressions of the younger ones when I tell them that I get paid to go on Facebook.  Continue reading

Last Call For Entries For The 2019 Bloggers Bash Blog Post Competition

Not long left now to submit your entry for the Bloggers Bash Blog Post Competition! The winner will be decided by our judges and you could win a £50 Amazon voucher – it’s only £5 to enter!

The Annual Bloggers Bash

The deadline for entries for this year’s Bloggers Bash Blog Post competition is approaching.

I’ve got my entry in. Have you?

Unfortunately, as a member of the Bloggers Bash committee, my entry can not be entered into the competition. Never mind. I wanted to have a go at the competition which, this year, has the theme of ‘Five‘.

If you’d like to read my entry, click here. Who knows? It may give you some inspiration to put together a winning entry.

You gotta be in it to win it!

Your entry does not need to be fiction. It can be made up of photographs, recipes, reviews, tips, music, books, or anything you enjoy doing and want to share with your readers. Just ensure it has the theme of ‘five’ running through it.

How do I enter the competition?

You can find full details by clicking here.

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My Cat is Still a Jerk

An angry cat…

I had planned to take the day off on Saturday and have a bit of self-indulgent me time while The Bloke was off on a photography thing. I had worked every day that week and was looking forward to having the house to myself, putting all the technology away, snuggling up under a blanket and watching a cheesy film and an unhealthy breakfast. 

The cat, however, had other ideas. 

We awoke on Saturday morning to see that Mr Jerk had developed a swollen eyelid and was busy shaking his head and attacking his little face. So, after the usual  ‘there’s-no-way-you’re-putting-me-in-that-cat-carrier’ power struggle, off we went to the vets.  Continue reading

How to Leave Teaching

How to Leave Teaching

Today marks the fourth anniversary of handing in my resignation, leaving a secure and financially stable teaching job to head out on my own and start again. 

Like the thousands of teachers who leave the profession every year, I couldn’t cope with the workload and pressure and it was affecting my physical and mental health.

My reasons behind the decision to walk away are no different to the hundreds of teachers that have contacted me since I published that post – workload, expectations, behaviour, health concerns – and they have all shared their own personal horror stories about the things they have experienced within their careers that have made them realise that they need to leave. 

Of all the questions I am asked, by far the most frequent is simply this:

How do I leave teaching?
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Pancakes, Pancakes, Pancakes…

It’s Shrove Tuesday – Pancake Day – here in the UK, so The Bloke and I decided to make a morning trip into the city to have them for breakfast. We went to Cherry Reds who were offering all-you-can-eat American style pancakes with syrup. Of course, I made a statement to The Bloke about wanting to eat as many as possible and then could barely make it through two of them, but it was a treat to get out of the house and go out for breakfast. I like Cherry Reds, it’s reasonably priced, a really nice atmosphere and the staff are lovely. Always a nice way to start the day… Continue reading

Things to See and Do at Witley Court, Worcestershire

The Bloke and I have taken to going out on day trips mid-week as of late, taking advantage of the general working day and term-time schedules to visit places that would be busier at the weekends. We’ve got Annual English Heritage passes which allows us unlimited free entry into English Heritage sites and discounts on other places like Blenheim Palace, and living in the West Midlands means that we are lucky enough to be a short drive away from some stunning stately homes, castles and historical places of interest.

One such place is Witley Court.

A hidden gem, I couldn’t believe that I had never heard of it before (despite living in Birmingham since 2001), and it is just a forty minute drive away from where I live.

Witley Court and Steps

Witley Court and Steps

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Metamorphosis at The Old Rep Theatre, Birmingham

Kafka’s Metamorphosis

Kafka’s most famous story of a man who inexplicably finds himself transformed into a beetle gets a fresh adaptation from Bath-based company Beyond the Horizon.

Adam Lloyd-James had grown tired of the lack of creative control he had in the productions he was involved in as an actor. Out of this frustration came his company Beyond the Horizon, formed in 2015. It’s mission: to present audiences with a brand of live entertainment beyond what they usually see; something Metamorphosis definitely achieves. Continue reading

A Silent Disco on the Canal

‘Want to go to a silent disco on Friday?’

I love the random text messages I get from my friends. 

I’ve not been out and about for a while and unable to drink, so this was very much needed. My friend works for the Canal and Rivers Trust (incidentally, did you know that Birmingham has more miles of canal than Venice?), and her company was holding a silent disco in one of the lock areas last week. I’ve never been to one before, but the concept has always intrigued me – music is played through individual headphones rather than from large speakers, so while the participants still experience the feeling of being at a club or ‘disco,’ anyone without a set of headphones on can’t hear anything.  Continue reading

Blog of the Day: Lorna from Gin & Lemonade

Ever wondered what to do when the power is out?

Meet Lorna! She’s the creator of Gin & Lemonade and a prolific blogger. 

I’ve written about Gin and Lemonade before – Lorna has become well-known within the blogging community and I’ve watched her blog (and content) grow and evolve enormously within the last few years, particularly as she moved over from dot com to a new self-hosted blog. 

Lorna lives in Skye, writes, reads and lives quite happily with her husband, their daughter and lots of books. She’s in her 30’s, is a wife, a mother, and is a wheelchair-user. She explains more in her rather epic ‘About’ page: Continue reading