Happiness starts and ends with me

Today is International Day of Happiness – a global celebration to help people recognise that human progress is not only about economic growth but also, about human happiness and well-being. It’s about making others feel good about themselves. It’s about helping and sharing with others.

Today I’m in Ottawa, Canada, caring for my mother who was rushed to hospital this week. I have made the well-worth trip from Switzerland to Canada to be with my mom and help my sisters. I’m happy to be here. And in my heart, I know it is the right thing to do.

When you help others, you spread happiness. However, happiness cannot be spread if you don’t make that inner effort to be happy. Happiness is a choice and it starts with each and everyone of us. As Eric Ease says, happiness in this world starts and ends with me.



No one else is responsible for making me happy. That is an inside job and my choice. I can either choose to allow my situations to define me and make me feel miserable or I can accept my situations, deal with them, learn from them and keep it moving.

I can always choose at any point in my day to start over.

But I will never give up!

Happiness starts and ends with me.

Peace and Blessings

Eric Ease

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Julie Zimmer

Julie has extensive experience in nursing practice and education in a wide range of fields from intensive/coronary care, to medical-surgical to community and public health. Julie has Bachelor Degrees in Psychology and Nursing, and a Master’s Degree in Community Health Nursing Education. She has taught in faculties of nursing and in various communities in Toronto, Canada and in Geneva, Switzerland, and is a consultant to the International Council of Nurses (ICN). Julie also has years of experience teaching English as a foreign language (EFL) in addition to coordinating an English department in a Swiss private school.

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