“Happiness is a risk. If you’re not a little scared, then you’re not doing it right.”
“People always think that happiness is a faraway thing,” thought Francie, “something complicated and hard to get. Yet, what little things can make it up; a place of shelter when it rains – a cup of strong hot coffee when you’re blue; for a man, a cigarette for contentment; a book to read when you’re alone – just to be with someone you love. Those things make happiness.”
“You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.”
I think it is often our first instinct to want to close up our hearts after we have felt sadness. It isn’t a good feeling and really, who wants to experience that pain again so instead we want to protect our hearts. If you don’t open yourself up, you can’t be hurt. But if you don’t open yourself and your heart up you also miss out on the chance to feel love and happiness.
“Happiness is something to work for.”
Happiness is not something that just happens all the time. It isn’t enough to just want to be happy, but you sometimes have to work for it. But doesn’t putting in the effort make the moments of happiness even more meaningful and special? Would we even recognize true happiness and be able to appreciate it if we didn’t have something to compare it to?