It’s Happiness Happens Month. Does happiness really happen, though?

Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.

Thomas Jefferson. (Whew, boy. There’s a lot to unpack in this quote from a slave owner, huh?)

A quick internet search for “health and happiness” returns dozens of people who equate and pontificate about the importance of happiness for good health and good health for happiness.

Happiness is good health and a bad memory.

Ingrid Bergman

These two things coexist so closely it is seemingly impossible to determine if one could exist without the other. If you are in peak “physical” health, but depressed and miserable, are you truly healthy? Certainly not in a holistic way: spiritually, emotionally or mentally.

Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness.

Joseph Pilates

If you are full of bubbly giddiness, inner peace and contentment, but have a life-limiting illness or facing a terminal illness, can you be truly happy? Working with people who are aging, dying or facing health challenges, I unequivocally believe so.

I have chosen to be happy, because it is good for my health.


But happiness doesn’t just happen, anymore than physical fitness/health just happens. Both require practice.

A sad soul can be just as lethal as a germ.

John Steinbeck

This week, let’s look at some things that increase our happiness and some helpful ways to practice being a happier person in the lead up to National Happiness Happens Day on Monday, August 8. Check back for updates all week and an announcement about the return of Laughing Yoga.

Published by MKChurchman

Certified Care Consultant and End of Life Doula Specialist. I offer assistance with end of life planning, elder care, end of life and after death care through my practice Shoji Bridge Departure Doula. My passion is to bring death into the light and inspire my community to be more comfortable with and compassionate to people who are dying. My mission is to be a guide to help people pass through the final barrier on this plane of existence and move gently onto the path to the next.

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