The Little Happiness

There are times when it is hard to believe in the future, when we are temporarily just not brave enough. When this happens, concentrate on the present. Cultivate le petit bonheur (the little happiness) until courage returns. Look forward to the beauty of the next moment, the next hour, the promise of a good meal, sleep, a book, a movie, the likelihood that tonight the stars will shine and tomorrow the sun will shine. Sink roots into the present until the strength grows to think about tomorrow.
Ardis Whitman


This is one of my favourite quotations; it reminds me that “this too will pass.”  It says I will survive, and that to do so, I remember to live in the present, taking one step at a time.  Critically, it also reminds me that focusing on little things will be what gets me through “right now.”  At a time, when it is both easy and natural  to concentrate on all that is bad or unknown, or on my fears for tomorrow, if I open my eyes, I will still see things to be happy for.   It got me out of depression in 2006 and has served me well since.  I don’t know if you’re going through a difficult time just now, or if that lies just ahead of you, but I hope these words help to encourage you to keep going. x

12 thoughts on “The Little Happiness

  1. minerva September 13, 2013 / 10:04 am

    A favourite quote of mine♥
    Thank you for sharing these wonderful lines, and do take care, too. 🙂

    • DareToBeHappier September 24, 2013 / 2:33 pm

      Than you, Minerva. It was new to me a few years ago, though I think I’ve lived it for many years… take care, Caroline

    • DareToBeHappier September 24, 2013 / 2:42 pm

      Thanks Minerva, and it’s new to me a few years ago but I think I’ve lived it for many years.. take care, Caroline

    • DareToBeHappier September 24, 2013 / 2:34 pm

      I’m glad that quote inspired and encouraged you to see beauty everyday, and thank you for your comments too, I appreciate your encouragement. Love and light, Caroline

    • DareToBeHappier September 24, 2013 / 2:43 pm

      Thank you for your encouragement! I’m hoping my comments have come up okay on your page as having problems with the comments part. Love and light, Caroline

  2. minerva September 13, 2013 / 10:12 am

    I hope you are fine with me citing your share of Ardis Whitman’s beautiful quote in one of my posts. 🙂
    Do take care and stay well, too.

    • DareToBeHappier September 24, 2013 / 2:43 pm

      Of course – we must share and inspire whenever we can. Send me the link to that post then please… Love and light, Caroline

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    • Caroline August 6, 2017 / 9:50 pm

      Thanks for your comment. Not sure where you think I might be getting what I write, but I just write what I feel like writing here…

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