It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy

that makes happiness. ~ Charles Spurgeon


The pursuit of happiness is a vast topic. Daily, we are bombarded with articles, antidotes, and books about how to be happy. However, I love this children’s book that breaks down the pursuit of happiness into a wonderful, simple, life-applicable message for ages 8 to 108.

I was honored to be a blogger at the HEAV Convention.  At the convention, I was introduced to over 200 exhibitors.  After the introduction, a young lady handed me a copy of Happy Heart Fill ‘Er Up.


Immediately, I was struck by Michelle Marttila, the author’s, radiant smile, sweet spirit, and generosity; she gave each of us 10 bloggers a copy of Happy Heart Fill ‘Er Up while asking for nothing in return.

At that moment, I hoped I’d like the book enough to share with you. After reviewing this book, I’m pleased to share it with you and honor Michelle Martilla for her story and artwork. I love the parallel of Happy Heart to our own lives. This is a wonderful lesson to teach our children so that they don’t pursue empty dreams.

This book begins with Happy Heart, the main character, going on a journey in pursuit of happiness.

happinessCan you relate to the topic: the pursuit of happiness? I sure can. (I spent my younger years just like Happy Heart.) Well, Happy Heart searches for happiness by achieving, playing, buying lots and lots of possessions, and acquiring wealth only to be left with an empty feeling in his heart. Not only is his heart empty, but he is not happy. He realized that his happiness didn’t stick. All the things he devoted his time and energy to didn’t bring him the lasting happiness he longed for.

Have you ever felt like that?

 This colorful children’s book teaches a life lesson that many struggle with: the pursuit of happiness.

At the end of the book (story) Happy Heart finds true happiness. He finds what fills his heart. You can too when you read this timeless story.

I’m so thankful that Michelle gave me a copy of her book. It has a delightful rhyme scheme, colorful illustrations, and a life-applicable message that I think all should hear.

This book is available at the iTunes App Store, Amazon, and the Happy Heart website.

Additionally, Michelle teaches art and is a blogger.  You can access free art lessons for grades 1-3 by clicking the following link:  free art tutorials

A happy heart is good medicine… ~ Proverbs 17:22 (AMP)

Let’s make a positive difference~ one word at a time.


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