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News[letter] From The Happy Side


Recently, I (Alice) was happily cruising down the highway, driving back to Illinois from Ohio, when a huge storm hit. One minute there were a few drops of rain, and then in a flash it hit hard, pounding down in a fury and blurring my world into a wall of grey. I couldn’t see the highway, the other cars, or where I was going. Everything in me, all my instincts, told me to stop the car. But of course stopping was the worst thing I could do, since it would cause the cars behind me to crash into me. 

Instead, I slowed down some, took some deep breaths, pushed my fear aside, and stayed the course. Keep on driving, I told myself. Follow the tail lights ahead. Trust that I’ll get through to the other side of the storm.  

Life brings many kinds of storms, sometimes more than one at a time -- like the storms our world is suffering through right now. 

And what we’re doing right now is similar to what I did as I drove through that rain. Get through the troubles by keeping on, even though we may feel like stopping, curling up into a ball, and hiding. We push those feelings aside, stay the course, and trust that we’ll get to the other side. 

We will. This storm will pass, and as it happened on my drive, oh how bright the sun will feel when it does! 

Alan B. Havis and Alice B. McGinty

You can't calm the storm. So stop trying. What you can do is calm yourself. The storm will pass. –Timber Hawkeye

Quotes From the Happy Side

“Happiness is an inside job.” –William Arthur Ward

“Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.” –Eleanor Roosevelt

“Happiness is where we find it, but very rarely where we seek it.”  –J. Petit Senn

Thoughts From the Happy Side

Happiness is:

We’ve all heard the phrase over and over again . . . be happy! As I (Alan) have heard and said this phrase throughout my life, and as I believe most of you have as well, I always focused on the “happy” part of the phrase, and not on the “be” part of it.

In grammatical terms, “be” is a present subjunctive. A definition of “be” is: to have presence in the realm of perceived reality; exist; live. ( 

“Happy” is defined as: characterized by or indicative of pleasure, contentment, or joy. ( 

But before one can really feel pleasure and contentment and be filled with joy, one must first “be”. And be conscious of being. ”To thine own self be true” coined by Shakespeare in Hamlet is really a reflection of “be”-ing. Thus, to be happy, one must first simply be. Know who you are. Strip off all your titles and monikers. Look under the hood. Take an accounting. 

Once you are in touch with who you are, you are on your way to consciously being. And once you are conscious of being, you can be . . . happy.

For this News[letter] From The Happy Side, happiness is to be consciously . . . happy!

Song From the Happy Side

Don’t Worry Be Happy by Bobby McPherrin

Poem From the Happy Side

Happiness will seep in through that tiny little opening in your window just like the first morning rays of the sun, and spread its arms and light up your world. You just have to let the dark night pass, the sun will rise and so will you.

We hope you’re weathering life’s storms as best as you can, and that our News [letter] from the Happy Side brings a bit of comfort to help you through.


Alice and Alan

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