One of the things that I love to do is to talk with people, especially children. When I see them at hockey games or baseball games and in my visits to schools and gatherings, I enjoy looking them in the eye, shaking their hand and asking them, “Are you happy today?” Invariably, I’ll get a big toothy grin, (although there is often a missing front tooth in the picture), and I’ll get the response that warms my heart when they say, “Yeah!” And I often wonder exactly what this little person’s perspective of happiness actually is...

It could be a warm place to sleep? Enough food to feed the family so that no one has to go to bed hungry? Yes, these are very important, but the basis of happiness comes in the interaction of that child with their parents, their siblings and their friends. I have come to the realization that happiness is the feeling one gets when you can stop and recognize that you are loved… and that you are able to love in return. It also means fitting in with those around you, from your days in school, to your place of employment and in your social interactions. Happiness must be cultivated to become apart of all of us. One of the best and most effective wedding toasts that I have ever heard speaks of happiness to the bride and groom. “May the happiest days of your past be the saddest days of your future.” Remember, it all starts with a smile… it’s contagious.

Where's Wayne

  • Apr 30
    Drury Lane Theatre,  Oakbrook Terrace
     
  • May 3
    Allstate Arena,  Rosemont
     
  • May 4
    The Chapel,  Mundelein
     
  • May 4
    Wrigley Field,  Chicago
     

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