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Sunday Stealing: Don't Worry, Be Happy

Hey, there. You're back! Love it. It's 8:15 PM on Saturday night in our little town outside of Boise, and it looks like 2 PM. Have I mentioned how much I love Summer?

Moving on...

Link up here if you want to join us this week, where Bev of Funny The World gives us some questions about being HAPPY. Sounds like a fun one! Here we go:


Are you a happy person?

I strive to be satisfied and content. I'm often "happy," but I find that to be a more fleeting construct.

What is happiness for you?

For me, I'm happiest when I've made someone else happy.

What do you think is the color of happiness?

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I imagine that's different for everyone else, and just answering this question and pondering for a second, I went through the whole rainbow mentally a few times before deciding it's different colors for different situations for me, anyway. Maybe my answer is "rainbow," then?

Can money buy happiness?

In my mind, no, but it can buy a bit of peace of mind!

Is happiness a state of mind?

I think that's a big part of it. I'm not a super-huge believer in karma or dumb luck or whatever, but I feel like, the decisions and actions you make, and the subsequent consequences from them, play another huge role. And then from there, it's how you perceive those consequences that help determine your happiness quotient. Was that clear as mud?

What are three things that make you happy?


Here, I'll give you four. (Team Odette, last night after Chloë's high school graduation ceremony)

Does having a pet make you happy?

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It certainly helps for me! (Here's Chloë's Maine Coon kitty, Pepper, filling out Rob's deep vanity sink in our bathroom today. At 20+ lbs, we're still wondering how he got in there!)

When was the happiest time of your childhood?


Whenever I wasn't at home... especially when I was with any of my friends. I really did luck out in the great-high-school-friends department, I must say. Here's my bestest best friend, Lisa Marie (her real middle name isn't "Marie," but I call her that because, y'know, Elvis) reading to her youngest (lap) and my youngest (characteristic thumb-sucking and hair-twirling in view)

Can you be happy if you are rich?

Sure, but it's no damn guarantee!

Do you think happiness lies within you or does it depend on other people and external things?

I think it's a false sort of happiness - the fleeting kind I mentioned at first - if you must depend on external things. If you can't learn your own worth, and you can't derive satisfaction and contentment from within based on the choices you've made and the consequences that followed, then it's not true "happiness." This is something I'm really struggling to do, myself.

Are single people happy?

I don't think one has anything to do with the other whatsoever.

What is the effect that animals/pets have on people to make them feel happy?

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Well, first of all, touching and/or admiring them - I think - gives one some warm fuzzies each and every time. Second of all, they're good for the laughs when the do ridiculous things, and look completely ridiculous - like our pups Tapioca and Paco - and can obviously get away with it.

Can you be happy if you are poor?

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Well, like I said, money can help buy one some peace of mind, and obviously some comforts... but personally, I've always told Rob that I'd rather be poor and live with him in a lean-to on the beach somewhere than be wealthy and live anywhere in the world without him. State of mind, y'all.

What is there to be happy about in today’s world?

Hope. Without hope, all is lost right now. My thoughts, anyway.

How happy are you compared with your friends.

I don't know. I'm not going to assume anything, especially now that we're all way grown up and have gone off in a billion different directions. Not everyone is open as I am; everyone is fighting their own personal battle(s).


 That was fun. I guess I was in a more serious state today than usual! Hope I didn't put you all to sleep. 😉

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