A more abiding influence

"There is nothing, which has a more abiding influence on the happiness of a family, than the preservation of equable and cheerful temper and tones in the housekeeper. A woman, who is habitually gentle, sympathizing, forbearing, and cheerful, carries an atmosphere about her, which imparts a soothing and sustaining influence, and renders it easier for all to do right, under her administration, than in any other situation."

--A Treatise on Domestic Economy for the Use of Young Ladies at Home and at School by Catherine Esther Beecher, 1845