Monday, November 9, 2009

The Art of Happiness

You can’t pursue happiness and catch it. Happiness comes upon you unaware while you are helping others. As the Hindu said, “Help thy brother’s boat across, and lo! Thine own has reached the shore.”

Happiness does not depend upon a full pocketbook, but a mind full of thoughts that are rich and heart full of rich emotions.

Happiness does not depend upon what happens outside of you but on the inside of you; it is measured by the spirit in which you meet the problems of life.

Happiness is a state of mind. Lincoln once said, “We are as happy as we make up our minds to be.” Happiness doesn’t come from doing what we like to do, but from liking what we have to do. Happiness comes from putting our hearts into our work and doing it with joy and enthusiasm. It does not come from doing easy work, but it is the afterglow of satisfaction that comes from the achievement of a difficult task that demands our best.

Happiness grows of harmonious relationships with others based on attitude of good will, tolerance, understanding and love. It comes from keeping constructively busy.

Happiness is found in little things: a baby’s smile, a letter from a friend, a kind word, the beauty of nature.

The master secret of happiness is to meet the challenge of each new day with serene faith that “all things work together for good to them that love God” and to prove our love for good to them that love God” and to prove our love for God as we give help and encouragement to our fellowman.

- Unknown; via the Lebanon Road church of Christ’s weekly bulletin. Adam Faughn serves as the pulpit minister for the Nashville, TN congregation. He may be contacted through the congregation’s website at:

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