Happy Thoughts

I know there has been some horrible stories on the news lately – people eating other people, people cutting up and mailing pieces of each other. It’s beyond disturbing.

Although there will always be the contrast between good and bad out there, I believe it is better to focus on the good. Let’s turn our attention away from all the bad news today and focus on something positive. I believe that what we give our attention to is drawn to us and I, for one, would prefer to focus on nice happy thoughts and turn my thoughts away from the crazy disgusting actions of a few disturbed people.

Some of you may have read this before but it is so sweet and uplifting if can’t hurt to revisit it – especially if you’ve watched the news lately.

A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds: “What does love mean?”

The answers they got were broader and deeper than anyone could have imagined.

“When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That’s love.”
Rebecca – age 8

“When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.”
Billy – age 4

“Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.”
Terri – age 4

“Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK.”
Danny – age 7

“Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing, you still want to be together and you talk more. My Mommy and Daddy are like that. They look gross when they kiss.”
Emily – age 8

“Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.”
Bobby – age 7 (Wow!)

“If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate.”
Nikka – age 6 (we need a few million more Nikka’s on this planet)

“Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday.”
Noelle – age 7

“Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well.”
Tommy – age 6

“During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling. He was the only one doing that. I wasn’t scared anymore.”
Cindy – age 8

“Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.”
Elaine – age 5

“Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford.”
Chris – age 7

“Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.”
Mary Ann – age 4

“I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.” (Now THIS is love!)
Lauren – age 4

“When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.” (what an image!)
Karen – age 7

“Love is when Mommy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn’t think it’s gross.”
Mark – age 6

“You really shouldn’t say ‘I love you’ unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.”
Jessica – age 8

And the final one…

Author and lecturer Leo Buscaglia once talked about a contest he was asked to judge. The purpose of the contest was to find the most caring child.
The winner was a four year old child whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife.
Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman’s yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there.
When his Mother asked what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said,
“Nothing, I just helped him cry.”

Awww! See, that’s better. Focus on happy thoughts today everyone. Smile





  • Francesco

    Nice post… thank you for sharing. Coming from the poor kid side of town; those words if created or true, seem to naturally reflect children like me, that lived and understood both the Good and the Bad things that had to be shared with them…

    • Bonnie Johnson

      Hi Francesco! I was just thinking that it had been a while since we heard from you and then *poof* we get one of your nice comments! 🙂

      I think Tracy is right when she said kids just seem to “get it” don’t you think? Especially the younger kids. It’s like they are more in touch with the simplicity and truth of life and love.

      I think that is one of the joys of having your own children and then grandchildren; they take you back to that simplicity and truth…plus they re-introduce you to the joy of “play” which is always good.

  • john

    Nice to hear it from kids.
    Is it too late for our western society to go back to using the word “love” with real meaning behind it.
    Is it love when a rock star shouts to ten thousand people “I LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH”
    I say bullshit.
    Lets not use such a powerful word so recklessly!

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