The Secret of Happiness: A Grateful Heart, Looking and Asking for what We Want

Richard looked into the eyes of his son and said, “If someone you knew were to give you a million dollars, and tell you to spend it anyway you want, what would be the first thing you would buy?” “That’s easy,” his son replied, “I’d buy a Thank You card!” After the performance, a little girl asked the concert violinist …

A Key to Happiness (Perhaps?)

(Information for this essay comes from the following books: “The Gift Of Giving” by Michael Lynberg and “When All You’ve Ever Wanted Isn’t Enough” by Harold Kushner) * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Most of us are pleasure seekers…. in search of happiness. For example, we are …

Happiness: Make the best of everything

Happiness is a magic word and a magic state of mind. Everyone wants to be happy: young and old, rich and poor, successful or unsuccessful. Show me a person who does not want to be happy! The million dollar question is this: Who are the happiest people in the world? Is there a prescription for happiness? Let me try to …

H.A.P.P.I.N.E.S.S. Is not a Happenstance

Happiness is not a happenstance, not a coincidence. It is a state of being, our natural state, which is released when we shed our negative thoughts, beliefs, emotions, and behavior. But how do we shed these impediments? The answer is by becoming the person we want to be. We can guide ourselves to becoming that person by asking ourselves three …

Life Expands or Contracts in Proportion to Our Joy

Enjoy yourself — it’s later than you think. Does that sound like a frivolous statement or the title of a whimsical song? Not to Socrates (469~399 BC), for that was one of his teachings. Although life may have been shorter then, his words are equally valid today. He wasn’t suggesting that we should party all day or avoid pain and …

Can You Be Happy Leading A Life Of Mere Existence

So many people will not be happy or feel confident until they reach a certain financial status, a certain element of success, a certain level of power. They are not happy “in their own skin” – just by being alive. There is a story from one of the talk shows a few years back. It goes something like this: A …

Key to Happiness

The Real Key To Happiness, Peace of Mind, and Massive Success by: Rick Miller Do you know the secret that allowed 100% of the world’s wealthiest people to become successful? Amazingly though, even if you read all their books, attend their speeches, or even ask them in person, you’ll probably never discover the one true secret of their success. Why? …

What Makes Us Happy and Why?

Happiness has always been seen as too vague as a concept. In the past 10 -15 years, researchers have been trying to identify the factors that contribute to the happiness. I wrote this article about happiness for these reasons: 1. To learn more what happiness is about?2. To better understand what the causes of happiness are?3. To explore what contributes …

What Makes You Happy? – The Magnitude Of Gratitude

“What makes you unhappy?” came the reply. After all, if we are grateful for what we are, do, and have, how can we be unhappy? Such is the magnitude of gratitude. Our happiness hinges on it. The importance of gratitude, appreciation, or thankfulness never escaped the attention of the great philosophers. Marcus T. Cicero (106 ~ 43 BCE), for example, …

You must give up the way it is to have it the way you want it

Unhappiness is a sign we need to change. And the constant companion of change is choice. You see, we can’t change until we choose to do so. Life is an endless stream of choices. Our primary choice is to accept things as they are or to accept the responsibility for changing them. Often, it’s a choice between freedom and enslavement, …