What Makes Me Happy

An Essay By Lucy Anne // 5/29/2012

An essay I wrote last week. Enjoy and God bless y'all! :)


Everyone in this world, with little or much, has something that makes them happy. There are at least five major things that make me happy and I am going to state them.

First, one thing that makes me happy is discovering a good book. Not one of those “lousy” books that people have written in the last couple decades, but one of those wholesome, clean, and well-written books that people used to write. I’m not saying that all the authors writing in the 21st Century are writing lousy and detestable books—there are quite a large number of excellent authors writing noteworthy books now! But what I am trying to say is this—in my opinion, I think that as this generation and the next generation pass, readers and publishers of what they think are good books have been slowly letting go and letting themselves think that whatever they consider is a good book (in their opinion), is indeed a good book. Thus, instead of seeing dozens of books like ‘The Robe’ by Lloyd C. Douglas and ‘Lucy Winchester’ by Christmas Carol Kauffman lined up against your library’s bookshelves, you see dozens of copies of ‘Twilight’ and ‘Harry Potter’ lined up on your library’s bookshelves. And not only that, those types of books are in many peoples' hands too!

Whenever I head to the library in search for an excellent book, almost every time I walk out of the library, I walk out with my hands empty and my spirit dampened. Then I realize that my search for a noteworthy book has come to no avail and all I have found is a single ‘Arthur and D.W.’ book for my little sister to read.

This is what makes me happy—to find a thought-provoking book full of strong biblical values, a well thought-out plot, and of course, a well-written text. And those types of books are like gems and the only way to find a gem is to first plow through all the dirt.

Another thing that makes me happy is reading God’s Word. It strengthens and encourages! Once, it felt like a chore to read it daily, but one day, something changed. From time to time, it would slip from my mind to read it for the day, (and that would be my fault because I had spent that time doing something else) and on those days, I remember that I had realized that something was different about that day. Maybe on that day, nothing inspired me, or I was snappier…I don’t know. But what I do know is that on that day, I could tell that something was missing.

Therefore, that makes me happy—when I can get encouragement and answers from the Bible.

My friends make me happy. They build me up, pray for me, and are true friends to me. While we are not perfect, they still love me and I love them. When one person is broken, the others try to put that other person back together. I remember times when I felt let down, bitter, and depressed. But then my friends tried to console me, gave me advice, but most of all, they prayed for me. And one other time, they even fasted with me. That meant and still means a great deal to me.

So, that also makes me happy—that I am blessed to have a number of true friends that build me up and pray for me.

A fourth thing makes me happy is my family. We are close. Our time at the dinner table is my favorite time of the day.

That is the time when daddy is home, and we can relate all of the day’s happening to him. We laugh a lot too.

My family is very important to me and I don’t know what I would do without mommy or daddy or my sisters. When I was the only child, I used to be extremely lonely. In fact, I was so lonely that I talked to myself and pretended that my friends were there with me replying back to me. Other than my parents, I had no one to talk to, no one to play with, and no one to sleep with… But now, look how much my family has grown—four children in all (including myself)!

Again, that is another thing that makes me happy—my family and the closeness we have together.

The final thing that makes me happy is my garden. It used to be overflowing with weeds and we wouldn’t do much about them. We would just let them grow, overflow, die, and repeat the same cycle year after year.

But now, I have Zinnias, Sunflowers, Hollyhocks, a Strawberry plant, and a few more varieties of other flowers sprouting up. But every gardener knows that if you want to produce some dazzling flowers, you must work hard. Pulling weeds, shooing those pesty little ants that eat up your sunflower plants, watering the plants daily, and getting your skirt muddy are not always fun. But as I watch those plants grow, I know it has been worth it.

Thus, that is last thing that makes me happy –flowers that brighten this world and cheer people up.

When I was given this assignment to write an essay about what makes me happy, my first thought was, “What does make me happy?” Then I had to sit down and think deeply about it. In the end, I chose to write about these five things that make me happy.

I understand that a few people may not be able to think of anything that makes them happy, and I know that for others, it may be extremely easy to name many. I think because I was able to identify five things that make me happy and that there are many more things I can list--it proves that I am extremely blessed by God.


That was a really, really

That was a really, really good essay! Very well written, and the last part that said: "I was able to identify five things that make me happy and that there are many more things I can list--it proves that I am extremely blessed by God."

Which is very, very true!

Sarah Anne | Wed, 05/30/2012

Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding.

In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths

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Great essay!

You had some good thoughts and I really appreciated what you had to say. Would you consider writing a book review of one of your favorite books? I'm sure a lot of people here would enjoy that!

Kathleen | Mon, 06/04/2012


Thank you, you two! :)

Aredhel: Yes, I will defiantly consider doing that! But, it may be a couple of weeks 'till I start to write the first draft because I still have five more assigned essays that are waiting to be written. I think the most difficult part in writing a book review is picking out which book is my favorite :) Or, maybe I'll do a couple of essays on my top five favorite books! :)

Lucy Anne | Mon, 06/04/2012

"It is not the length of life, but the depth of life." Ralph Waldo Emerson

for Aredhel:

Just wondering...

What made you interested in reading a book review on one of my favorite books after read this? :)

Lucy Anne | Wed, 06/06/2012

"It is not the length of life, but the depth of life." Ralph Waldo Emerson

This essay made me happy. :)

This essay made me happy. :) Booooooks!

Anna | Wed, 06/13/2012

I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right. --The Book Thief

Good job

Good job on this essay!
Yeah, do write a book review. :) That would be neat. Have you read "Daddy Long Legs" (Jean Webster) or Jane Eyre yet? They're both great books. :D

Madeline | Sun, 06/17/2012

everything was better when/you would call and I'd be like/yeah babe, no way


Anna: Thank you so much for reading and yes, boooooks!! :D

Homey: Thank you! But I am wondering why you and Aredhel want me to write a book review when this isn't really related to a book review at all...so what makes you want a book review, I am wondering? :) But anyways, if I ever get to writing one, I will probably ask James to publish it...that is, if he ever fixes the problem that I can't do anything on AP except comment!

It's funny, recently, my friend asked me if I read "Daddy Long Legs" too! :D But no, I have never heard of it, but I will check it out! And I just got Jane Eyre and I can't wait to read it! :0)

ANYWAYS, thanks again you two for commenting and reading! :0)

Lucy Anne | Mon, 06/18/2012

"It is not the length of life, but the depth of life." Ralph Waldo Emerson

I thought

I thought of a book review because you talked about books in this--haha! :)

Yeah, you should check it out! It's very cute. The author illustrated the book, and the main character is hilarious. Jane Eyre is really, really good, too--you will probably love it!


Madeline | Fri, 06/22/2012

everything was better when/you would call and I'd be like/yeah babe, no way

If you want a good book....

   One of the best books I have ever read is Ishmeal, and its sequal Self Raised. Written in the 1800s, just to let you know.

   The reason that most books written today are pieces of trash (I being nice here) is because of the people today. There were so many more people with wisdom back then....

Arthur | Sun, 09/09/2012

"My greatest wish for my writing is that it would point you to the Savior."


Thank you; I'll check it out.

I totally agree, Arthur. But I went to a writing camp taught by a homeshool graduate in July and I learned...ALOT. I learned ALOT about considering other people with all different types of opinions. Now I actually regret and I am ashamed of saying those things I said about books in this generation. I mean, the way I said it in this essay. I was too strong in my opinion, and I have possibly hurt some people who happened to love Hunger Games or Harry Potter. So for all of you reading this, I want to say that I'm sorry. (But I still have the same opinions that I stated in this essay, but I just want to apologize if I have offended anyone.)

Lucy Anne | Sun, 09/09/2012

"It is not the length of life, but the depth of life." Ralph Waldo Emerson


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