Monday, November 14, 2016

The Difference Between Happiness and Contentment

Joy in the Morning

"Happy?" he asked.


"When are you going to start being happy?"

"Oh, I was happy this morning when I got off the train and saw you. But now I'm contented."

"What's the difference between happiness and contentment, wise guy?"

"Well, happy is like when somebody gives you a big hunk of something wonderful and it's too big to hold. So you pull off a piece from time to time to hold in your hand. That's being contended. Anyway's that's the way I look at it."

Betty Smith, Joy in the Morning

This is one of my favorite passages from one of my favorite books. There is so much to love about Carl and Annie; I've always been especially taken with her idea that you can hold happiness in your hands. May you do just that today.


  1. Betty Smith also wrote A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Joy in the Morning is one of my favorite books.

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