|"Happiness with Art" ©Olen Sikes|
There are ads everywhere for travel to beautiful and exotic destinations. Will travel take us to the happiness we want in life?
I find happiness in art, especially paintings created with bright happy colors. It is a blessing to escape into my studio, surrounded by acrylics, oils, watercolors, pastels, and more. If you are searching for happiness, you might find it by taking an art class.
For many years, I wrote profiles of people who did good works in some of Virginia's smaller communities, including Williamsburg and Gloucester. These stories were published in the Newport News Daily Press. It was inspiring to interview these people who were mostly unselfish volunteers. Many of them had moved to rural areas after retiring from important jobs in northern cities. As I think about it now, I realize these kind volunteers were giving back to their communities in ways that brought happiness to their own lives.
- Happiness is bringing joy to others.
- Happiness is finding color and brightness in your life.
- Happiness is having a fulfilling plan for each day.
What else would you add to this list? What makes you smile?