“How to Find True Happiness”

“How to Find True Happiness”

Week 31 7-30-21 “How to Find True Happiness”

Changing Lives Through Dancing – by David Woodbury                                                                           Arthur Murray Dance Center of Santa Monica, CA


“True happiness is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.”

– Helen Keller (1880 – 1968)

American Writer


First, Helen Keller is listed as an American Writer. She was a living miracle. She could not see, hear or speak, yet she became one of America’s most influential speakers, writers, and motivators. Her life has given me focus, motivation, joy and inspiration. She is part of the happiness of my life.


“If you just keep playing, keep believing and have some faith, something good can happen.”

– Washington Redskins coach Norv Turner, whose team became only the second in NFL history to win six games after losing the first seven games of the year. December 19, 1998


As of this date of writing, we are in a fourth wave of the COVID-19 virus pandemic that is spreading world-wide. I am believing, I have faith, and I am staying strong to know that this too will pass.  My father, Troy Woodbury, lived through the 1917 flu. He was born in 1909.  I wish I could chat with him about what it was like and how he and his family made it though that time.


“A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.”

– Charles Gordy (1833 – 1885)

British Army officer and administrator


Many opportunities come my way where I am in front of a large number of people in many situations. I learned a hard lesson years ago. I was ushering at mass, standing in the front by the piano ready to help anyone in any way. My hand was on the piano as the pianist was playing hymns and I was feeling great. Then, a parishioner in the 4th row loudly said, “Hey David, could you crack a smile?” I felt the redness overtake my face and suddenly many were laughing and giggling at me.


Guess what?  Now I SMILE when I am in front of others. I realize that my smile is reflected in the faces of others. So, if those in front of me are not smiling, I am not smiling. A great lesson learned and a great and valuable life tool found.


“Aerodynamically a bumblebee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn’t know that so it goes on flying anyway.”

– Mary Kay Ash (1915 – 2001)

American Businesswoman, founder Mary Kay Cosmetics


It seems that during the past 18 months, the unbelievable has happened around the world.  The loss of life, unspeakable. The division of opinion. In our own city of Santa Monica in Los Angeles County, we have been hard hit from the two lock downs and the riots of May 31, 2020.


It seems that we shouldn’t even be here, but we are. We should not have the enthusiasm that we have and the strong vision and dreams, but we do. We are thriving and we are growing and coming back, even in this 4th wave of the new delta variant. We are strong bumblebees.

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”

– George Eliot

(1819-1880) English Novelist


How will we all look back on these days? How will I feel about how I handled the pandemic? Did I remain strong and victorious? Did I dig deep and thrive, or did I lose my vision and hope?


I will look back at the faith of those who are the mentors and leaders in my circle of motivation. They were strong before the pandemic. They were leaders during the pandemic, and now they are the heroes who are shining light on the path to recovery as we slowly begin to recover. They are examples of service to others.


This crisis is making me what I could have been. I am becoming my better self and I will always look back on these years of the pandemic as a great learning experience.


We are going to make it through this. Don’t forget what gives you true happiness in your life and hold tight to it!


Love you all,

David Woodbury