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 …

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 …

Advice for a reader that cannot laugh

I live to laugh and laugh to live (Milton Berle, 1908 ~ 2002) A reader writes, “I read your article entitled ‘The Benefits of Laughter’ (http://www.personal-development.com/chuck/laughter.htm) and while finding it most informative, I also felt …

It’s all UP to you

A few days ago I got an interesting e-mail. It was a Christian message made up of seven brief paragraphs. Each paragraph consisted of a heading, a one-sentence explanation, and a biblical quotation. The seven …

Don’t Worry; Be Happy

Why did the song Don’t worry; be happy become such a hit? Isn’t it because its simple message resonated within us? Deep down, we realize that we arent supposed to worry. Yet, the worry habit …