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Journaling Prompts

Delight in the Details: Do you notice the details of your life and your surroundings or are you more of a big picture person? What would change about you if you were to spend time paying attention to the details? Would you be more grateful or more critical of your world?

 

Simple Pleasures: What would you do today if you could do anything? Describe your perfect day. With whom would you spend it, or would you prefer to be alone? What sights, sounds, aromas would fill the air?

 

Amusement: What or who makes you laugh more than anything or anyone else? Do you have a good sense of humor? What kind of jokes do you find funny – slapstick, brainy comedy, puns…

 

The Power of Now: Are you able and willing to be in the present moment and take pleasure in what is instead of looking back at regrets or forward to dreams? Can you tease out the beauty in life as it is right now, without changing anything?

 

Children and Pets: Our little ones bring us much joy. What do you learn, or have you learned from your children, children in your life, or your beloved animal companions, that helps you experience exuberance and glee?

 

Melancholy: Is there some situation or belief about yourself that blocks your way to happiness? How might you dispel your own inaccurate myths and release your bliss?

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In the highest civilization, the book is still the highest delight. He who has once known its satisfactions is provided with a resource against calamity.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Indolence is a delightful but distressing state; we must be doing something to be happy.

Mahatma Gandhi


What more felicity can fall to creature, than to enjoy delight with liberty.

Edmund Spenser

 

Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.

Sir Francis Bacon

 

Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.

e e cummings

 

All sanity depends on this: that it should be a delight to feel heat strike the skin, a delight to stand upright, knowing the bones are moving easily under the flesh.

Doris Lessing

 

Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn't people feel as free to delight in whatever sunlight remains to them?

Rose Kennedy

 

Energy is eternal delight.

William Blake

 

Nature has been for me, for as long as I remember, a source of solace, inspiration, adventure, and delight; a home, a teacher, a companion.

Lorraine Anderson

 

One's life is not as fixed as one believes. Surprises may lie in store for you, the unexpected often tends to happen, sometimes bringing in its train the most delightful change in one's life or circumstances.

Elizabeth Aston

 

Charm and nothing but charm at last grows a little tiresome. It's a relief then to deal with a man who isn't quite so delightful but a little more sincere.

W. Somerset Maugham

 

Nothing in the world is permanent, and we're foolish when we ask anything to last, but surely we're still more foolish not to take delight in it while we have it. If change is of the essence of existence one would have thought it only sensible to make it the premise of our philosophy.

W. Somerset Maugham


Never find your delight in another's misfortune.

Publilius Syrus

 

The pleasures which we most rarely experience give us the greatest delight.

Desiderius Erasmus

 

Danger and delight grow on one stalk.

English Proverb

 

Our choices add up; each one influences others, and cumulatively a series of delightful short-term choices can leave us much worse off in the long run.

Daniel Akst

 

And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.

Kahlil Gibran

 

Life is not meant to be easy, my child; but take courage -- it can be delightful.

George Bernard Shaw

 

Whether they give or refuse, it delights women just the same to have been asked.

Ovid

 

Love and magic have a great deal in common. They enrich the soul, delight the heart. And they both take practice.

Nora Roberts

 

Memory tempers prosperity, mitigates adversity, control youth, and delights old age.

Firmianus Lactantius

 

Loss is nothing else but change, and change is Nature's delight.

Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

 

Perhaps the most delightful friendships are those in which there is much agreement, much disputation, and yet more personal liking.

George Eliot

 

Cherish your visions; cherish your ideals; cherish the music that stirs in your heart, the beauty that forms in your mind, the loveliness that drapes your purest thoughts, for out of them will grow delightful conditions, all heavenly environment; of these if you but remain true to them, your world will at last be built.

James Allen

 

We delight in one knowable thing, which comprehends all that is knowable; in one apprehensible, which draws together all that can be apprehended; in a single being that includes all, above all in the one which is itself the all.

Giordano Bruno

 

What great delight it is to see the ones we love and then to have speech with them.

Vincent McNabb

 

If man is to survive, he will have learned to take a delight in the essential differences between men and between cultures. He will learn that differences in ideas and attitudes are a delight, part of life's exciting variety, not something to fear.

as cited by Susan Sackett, author of Inside Trek: A Star Trek Memoir, used with permission

Gene Roddenberry,

 

Let me enjoy the earth no less

Because the all-enacting Might

That fashioned forth its loveliness

Had other aims than my delight.

Thomas Hardy

 

A man's delight in looking forward to and hoping for some particular satisfaction is a part of the pleasure flowing out of it, enjoyed in advance. But this is afterward deducted, for the more we look forward to anything the less we enjoy it when it comes.

Arthur Schopenhauer

 

Of all the senses, sight must be the most delightful.

Helen Keller

 

How delightful to find a friend in everyone.

Joseph Brodsky

 

And what a delight it is to make friends with someone you have despised.

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

 

I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning...

J. B. (John Boynton) Priestley

 

The imagination is the spur of delights... all depends upon it, it is the mainspring of everything; now, is it not by means of the imagination one knows joy? Is it not of the imagination that the sharpest pleasures arise?

Marquis De Sade

 

How necessary it is to cultivate a spirit of joy. It is a psychological truth that the physical acts of reverence and devotion make one feel devout. The courteous gesture increases one's respect for others. To act lovingly is to begin to feel loving, and certainly to act joyfully brings joy to others which in turn makes one feel joyful. I believe we are called to the duty of delight.

Dorothy Day

 

Sweets grown common lose their dear delight.

William Shakespeare

 

For everything that lives is holy, life delights in life.

William Blake

 

The moment you have in your heart this extraordinary thing called love and feel the depth, the delight, the ecstasy of it, you will discover that for you the world is transformed.

J. Krishnamurti

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