There are hundreds of languages in the world, but a smile speaks them all. - anonymous
Thomas S. Monson, October Conference, 2010
My brothers and sisters, do we remember to give thanks for the blessings we receive? Sincerely giving thanks not only helps us recognize our blessings, but it also unlocks the doors of heaven and helps us feel Gods love.
President Gordon B. Hinkley said, "When you walk with gratitude, you do not walk with arrogance and conceit and egotism, you walk with a spirit of thanksgiving that is becoming to you and will bless your lives.
We can lift ourselves and others as well when we refuse to remain in the realm of negative thought and cultivate within our hearts an attitude of gratitude. If ingratitude be numbered among the serious sins, then gratitude takes its place among the noblest of virtues. Someone has said that "gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others"
How can we cultivate within our hearts an attitude of gratitude? President Joseph F Smith, sixth president of the Church, provided the answer. Said he, "The grateful man sees so much in the world to be thankful for, and with him the good outweighs the evil. Love overpowers jealousy, and light drives darkness out of his life." He continued: "Pride destroys our gratitude and sets up selfishness in its place. How much happier we are in the presence of a grateful and loving soul, and how careful we should be to cultivate, through he medium of a prayerful life, an thankful attitude toward God and man.
...To express gratitude is gracious and honorable, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live with gratitude ever in our hearts is to touch heaven.
"The most extraordinary thing about the oyster is this. Irritations get into his shell. He does not like them. But when he cannot get rid of them, he uses the irritation to do the loveliest thing an oyster ever has a chance to do. If there are irritations in our lives today, there is only one prescription: Make a pearl. It may have to be a pearl of patience, but anyhow, make a pearl." Harry Emerson Fosdick
People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Be good anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It never was between you and them anyway. -Mother Teresa
(joi) n. 1. a. A condition or feeling of great pleasure or happiness; delight. b. The expression or manifestation of such feeling. 2. A source or object of pleasure or satisfacion. -v. joyed, joy-ing, joys. -intr. To take great pleaure; rejoice. -tr. Archaic 1. To fill with joy. 2. To enjoy [ME OFr.gaudia. pl of gaudium, joy, < gaudere, to rejoice.] The American Heritage Dictionary
“The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved - loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.” --Victor Hugo
Etched into a door/window at the Salt Lake City Library
"Life can only be understood backwards.. but it must be lived forwards." (imagine the first phrase written backwards)
"Happiness is the end and design of life. Happiness is a state of the spirit and an attitude of the mind. What a man is may largely be determined by his dominant quest. Man's success or failure, happiness or misery, depends upon what he seeks and what he chooses. ... The secret of happiness consists not of having, but of being; not of possessing, but of enjoying. It is a warm glow of a heart at peace with itself. A martyr at the stake might have happiness that a king on his throne might envy. Man is the creator of his own happiness. It is the aroma of life, lived in harmony with high ideals. For what a man has he may be dependent upon others; what he is rests with him alone. That which he obtaines in life is acquisition but what he attains is true growth." David O McKay October 1973
"No matter how serious the trial, how deep the distress, how great the affliction, [God] will never desert us. He never has, and He never will. He cannot do it. It is not His character [to do so]. He is an unchangeable being; the same yesterday, the same today, and He will be the same throughout the eternal ages to come. We have found that God. We have made Him our friend, by obeying His Gospel; and He will stand by us. We may pass through the fiery furnace; we may pass through deep waters; but we shall not be consumed nor overwhelmed. We shall emerge from all these trials and difficulties the better and purer for them, if we only trust in our God and keep His commandments"
President George Q. Cannon (Freedom of the Saints, in Collected Discourses, comp Brian H. Stuy, 5 vols. [1987-1982], 2:185).