An Epiphany


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I’ve often pondered what makes people happy; what makes me happy. Over the years I’ve developed several theories on the subject, both about the various ways people in general become happy, and specifically what makes and keeps me me happy.

As for me, my lists have included things such as the love of family and friends, doing what I love to do, and experiencing kindness, whether it’s by me, to me, or around me.

But there are many people who have all things that they thought would make them happy, but they are often still miserable.

Sometimes, despite all my blessings, I’ve caught myself being unhappy.

Thankfully, however, I’m far happier than I’ve ever been in my life, and my joy increases almost daily.

But what is the root cause of that?

As I sit at my desk doing what I love while enjoying the sounds and sights of nature through my open office windows on a gorgeous morning with a cool breeze perfectly offsetting the warm sunny day,  the answer hits me like the sound wave from the ring of a perfect bell on a quiet night, resonating throughout my being:

For me, lasting happiness springs naturally from knowing and being grateful that every day of my life is filled with blessings.

May all your days be filled with blessings.

With love,



About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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10 Responses to An Epiphany

  1. JanBeek says:

    Thank you, Russ. I’m pleased to read your blog affirming your attitude of gratitude that ensures your happiness. Joy is a choice. I have a Thankfulness Journal. Each morning I reflect on the day before and write 5 things (sometimes more) for which I am grateful. Like you, it keeps me positive and reminds me to Thank the Good Lord for all my many blessings. You and your blog are two of those blessings. Thank you!

    • russtowne says:

      Thank you for your kind message and the many other blessings you’ve brought to my life over the years.

      Every time I see a ToC or create one, I think of you. Thank you for that gift.

  2. I am happy with my life it doesn’t always go the way I would like but generally speaking I am happy

  3. ksbeth says:

    yes, i’ve come to that same conclusion, russ. a simple and happy life is what i am grateful for and i feel lucky for that. glad you are happy

  4. Thank you Russ. It’s been part of my journey to understand and appreciate joy and blessings. Your appreciation for life shows through in your work and words. Have a wonderful day.

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