The Art of Happiness

Most people think of happiness as elusive and fleeting, as a goal to get to.  I think of it more as a state of being or the art of joyful living.  Happiness.  I see the word happiness as a complete sentence, being both a noun and verb.  I believe one has to practice or do “happy” in order to be happy.  The action is the end result.  But where does happiness come from?  As Jesus said, “The Kingdom of Heaven is within.”  So happiness is already something we possess.  In this light perhaps the Eastern philosophy of “inaction” would be more appropriate.  Just let what we already have within us shine through.

If you want to be happy, be.  ~Leo Tolstoy

Happiness is never stopping to think if you are.  ~Palmer Sondreal

The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.  ~Mark Twain

Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys.  If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it.  ~Fyodor Dostoevsky

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet.  ~James Openheim

I’m thankful that every night before we go to sleep my husband asks me what I’m happy about, and then I ask him the same.

2 thoughts on “The Art of Happiness

  1. Happiness is very much a choice. We can choose to be unhappy…or happy. It isn’t what happens to us that affects of sense of well-being…it is how we choose to view what has happened that makes all the difference.

    Lovely post – thank you.
    Juls 🙂

  2. What a beautiful thought Thursday. You and your husband are very luck to have each other, and to have such a nice way of closing your day together.

    I wish you happiness Thursday. 🙂

    – Papa JOe

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