December 28, 2014

Happiness Is An Art

We wish you many happy moments living in simplicity and beauty.
"Whether this moment is happy or not depends on you. It's you that makes the moment happy. It's not the moment that makes you happy. With mindfulness, concentration and insight, any moment can become a happy moment. Happiness is an art."
- Thich Nhat Hanh


  1. Happiness IS an art and one worth cultivating...a new year is a good time to begin...any time is a good time to begin! Vegetarianism is a life choice too, and to my mind, a good one but the ranting tone of 'Anonymous' (above) is unlikely to sway anyone from their eating choices.

    1. Charlotte,

      I apologize for publishing the anonymous comments on this thread which were off topic, insulting, and in contravention of NBA's comment guidelines. They have been deleted.

      Any time is a good time to begin a project that can improve things, and I do believe I embarked on one today that will improve how I manage comments on this blog. Thank you.

  2. Happiness is an art for sure. And I love Thich Nhat Hanh. Beginning a no-spend year this coming January 1st!

    1. Anonymous12/29/2014

      Bless, getting more out of less!
      Dirt will come your way but the mud is what churns out lotus flowers! (Not for all to see)

    2. H.S.H.,

      A no spend year - what a great way to start 2015. The garden we are planning on establishing at our new home will help us spend less in the new year. Good luck with your project.

  3. Your photo makes me smile every time I see it. :-)

    1. Clamco,

      I smile when I think of you and your family snuggled into your new home. I hope you all have a great 2015 in your new nest.

  4. Anonymous12/29/2014

    That grin...

  5. Anonymous12/30/2014

    Love this photo, so much HAPPINESS!
    This subject has been on my mind a great deal especially the past 24 hrs.

    Apparently, I missed the ranting comments referred to by you and CharlotteP above. Hope my Anonymous a.k.a. Terri comments have been OK.
    I really hope you continue to allow "anonymous" people to comment because of my reluctance to create a google profile, but understand if you need to make a change.


    1. Terri,

      Like most NBA readers, I don't think you would be impressed by the comments that were left on this post by an anonymous reader. While the basic message was sound, the delivery left something to be desired.

      Your comment style, with your sign off at the end of the text is perfectly acceptable. For the time being I will continue accepting anonymous comments. Readers that leave comments are relatively rare, so I do not want to do anything to discourage participation.

      I can understand people not wanting to create a google, or any other profile. Thankfully that is not necessary to comment here.

      Hope you are finding happiness today, and every day.

    2. Anonymous1/01/2015

      Thank you, Gregg.

      I appreciate that you allow anonymous comments. I am happy to sign my first name to my comments. I can understand requiring a profile and not doing so. Pros and cons on both sides of the equation. I like how you have sorted it out.

      May it be a wonderful new year for all and our dynamic planet and universe!



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