Sheer Happiness

“Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives.” ~ CS Lewis

I am having a very very happy day today. Why? Because I’m surrounded by affection.  There’s a reason–it’s my birthday–and thanks to social media, one person posts on my wall (I don’t list it on birthdays), someone else sees it, and then I get a wall full of greetings! I’ve gotten cards and messages from family members and close friends, and in spite of a cold and three stacks of papers to grade, my cup of joy runneth over.


Social media really is a blessing.  I remember birthdays of the past when only my immediate family sent wishes.  I was happy, but Lewis is right. Affection does make us happier than anything else, and a simple “happy birthday,” being thought of if only for a few minutes, makes my day more joyful.


I’m not actually writing this to fish for greetings.  But I do want to encourage people to remember how important human contact and affection is for people.  Reach out and say hello to someone, remember a birthday even if you haven’t acknowledged it for years.  If you’d like to give me a birthday gift, please tell someone you’re thinking of them, you miss them, you love them.  I don’t need to know–but knowing that someone is spreading happiness is one of the best gifts I can receive.




About maggiec

Educator, writer, world traveler, bibliophile, theater devotee, cat lover, mother of an actor, adopted auntie to hundreds. Spreading love (and literacy), one day at a time.
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2 Responses to Sheer Happiness

  1. Glad it’s been a good and and a very happy and warm happy birthday to you! Hope the day continues to be awesome! 🙂

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