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Daily Happiness Journal #59

June 15th 2020

desiderata / Happy Mummy

In this email:

  • Food for thought: Desiderata
  • Picture of the day: Happy Mummy (= Handsome Mr Mummific)
  • Daily Funny: Signature
  • Daily Happiness: Summer Kitty
  • Daily Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Quote from Nephilim Quest 1 / Shadowhunter / Chapter 2: Kitty Is Gone

 I hope this little email (posted Monday - Friday) will uplift and encourage you to see the good things all around you.

thought for the day


Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

By Max Ehrmann 1927

(There has been a lot of discussion of the copyright and publishing rights of this poem, but according to US court Max Ehrmann forfeited his copyright by distributing the poem freely in the 30's and 40's without copyright notice.)

picture of the day

happy mummy (= handsome mr. mummific)

This is my illustration from my book "How I Became a Mummy" where Mr. Mummific, a former pharaoh, tells of his death and mummification - tongue firmly in cheek. You can read more of him at



An elderly lady always signed her deliveries with an X. One day the delivery person noticed she drew a circle instead.

"What's up? Your signature has changed!"

"Well, I got married and changed my name."

Do you have a funny story you would like to see published in this letter? An event, what someone said? If so, send me your funny story in an email 

(I especially love the funny things children say!). 

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today's happiness

Summer Kitty

We live in an apartment building in the city so we cannot let our kitty out. But come summer, she gets to wear her collar with a little bell (to warn birds of her, and to let us know where she is) and off we go to the summer cottage.

Pipsa is already 15 but is quite energetic still. She never wanders far, but is almost always next to us. (When she isn't snoozing) Occasionally she runs up the path from the sea shore to the summer cottage and straight in through the door to check the munchies. It is a joy to observe her enjoying the summer. (And apparently she isn't interested in chasing anything. And even if she was, the birds have already raised their young and their chirps and the little bell reveal Pipsa's location to everyone.)

What made you happy today? Send a note and tell, if you wish to share your little happy moment with others.The email address for this daily post is

Daily quote

"Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink in the wild air."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

quote from nephilim quest 1 / shadowhunter

The night she died, I'd known it from the moment I woke up – I had seen her in my dream, with a winged creature that could only have been an angel. The wings had been odd, though. Not white, not feathery, but like a halo of blue around the angel's body. They were in deep conversation with each other, and walking away from me. My throat had constricted the way it does when you lose something or someone you love in a dream, and you can't call out.

Kitty had given the winged creature an object, which looked like a book. The angel had been male, with light colored hair, and, strangely, dressed in jeans and a T-shirt instead of the kind of flowing robes you'd expect an angel to wear, and he'd looked at me over his shoulder while he led Kitty away. I could still remember his bright blue eyes piercing the distance, and I had felt an odd burning sensation in my chest and back, and felt very much awake. And when the phone rang in the middle of the night, while I lay on my bed with my eyes staring into the darkness, I already knew.

- Leena Maria / Nephilim Quest 1 / Chapter 2: Kitty is Gone

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If you prefer to write a short happy note each day, I have created planners for this effect. You can write your daily happiness in the squares of the weekly spread - and plan future happiness using the monthly pages. There are even happy (repositionable) stickers included in the planner.

Happiness Planner Happy Mummy
Happiness Planner Happy Mummy
by HappinessJournal

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June 2020

#49 June 1st 2020 Experiences vs Things / Turquoise Metal

#50 June 2nd 2020 Together / Lake Reflection

#51 June 3rd 2020  More Time / Yarn

#52 June 4th 2020 Social Media / Pretty Petals

#53 June 5th 2020 Meditate / Red and White Tulips

#54 June 8th 2020 Gratitude Journal / Pier on a Forest Pond

#55 June 9th 2020 The Things You Love / Ladder Against an Old Oak

#56 June 10th 2020 Sleep / Water Play

#57 June 11th 2020 Respect / Trees in a Field

#58 June 12th 2020 Humour / Shadow Path / Writing News: The First Draft of Space Witches 3 is ready

#59 June 15th 2020 Desiderata / Happy Mummy

#60 June 16th Supposing a tree fell down / Red Wall

#61 June 17th 2020 Abandoning / Pink Bike

#62 June 18th 2020 Being Right / Oranges

#63 June 22nd 2020 Violence / Pink Heart

#64 June 23rd 2020 Stuck / Old Door

#65 June 24th 2020 Dignity / Violets and Daisies / Writing News: Going Through Characters

#66 June 25th 2020 Sleeping Peacefully in a Storm / Decorative Angel

#67 June 26th 2020 Being Right / Reading by the Sea

# 68 June 27th Responsibility and Trust / Orange, Yellow and Green

# 69 June 28th The Positive Bus Driver / Masts

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