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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Searching for Happiness

"Happiness with Art" ©Olen Sikes
The search for happiness. Is happiness a goal everyone seeks to achieve?

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?


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I think that covers it. There is something really moving when we give to others.

Birgit said...

Imlove to see your picture with your art on the walls. I agree with your statements of happiness and, as an animal lover, I do add nothing beats being greeted by the meow or wag of a tail.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Happiness is a warm fuzzy - like a fuzzy cat.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Monti - helping others, who appreciate that help, is particularly wonderful ... and your art looks just amazing - love looking at it ... cheers Hilary

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Notes Along the Way with Mary Montague Sikes said...

So true, Alex. Thanks for visiting.

Birgit, thank you. I love animals, too.

Diane, my daughter super agrees with you about cats! I like them, too.

Hilary, thank you for the compliment and your comment about helping others who appreciate it.