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, …

Happiness: Hard to Hold on to?

We seek happiness, yet often find it to be elusive. Like the spring mist, it is hard to hold on to. Why is that? Well, thats the purpose of this article, to answer some questions and clear up some misconceptions about happiness. Did you ever search a room for your eyeglasses only to discover they were propped up on your …

The Glory that Once Was, Still Is

As a child you were courageous, persistent, enthusiastic and energetic. You trusted others, laughed more than you cried, and found life to be an adventure. Can you recall the luster of youth? Can you remember how glorious it was to be alive? Somewhere along the way, however, many of us lost our enthusiasm. We became jaded, cynical, and pessimistic. Hope …

The Three Thieves and Four Pillars of Happiness

The First Thief of Happiness: Reacting Emotionally instead of Responding Rationally You wouldn’t fire a gun without aiming, would you? So, why would we act without thinking? When we live as robots acting on impulse instead of rationally, there is a heavy price to pay. Replacing thoughtful behaviour with thoughtless acts leads to mental and physical suffering: lost dreams, emotional …

Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance

This article’s title is a partial quote of Thomas Merton (1915 ~ 1968), a Trappist monk who was a major contributor to modern Roman Catholic thought. The full quotation is as follows: “Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance and order and rhythm and harmony.” Did you ever feel like a tightrope walker trying to keep your …