Monday, June 14, 2010

Happiness

"Happiness depends upon ourselves." Aristotle

Twenty-three hundred years after his death, Aristotle remains one of the most influential people who ever lived. He was the founder of formal logic, pioneered the study of zoology, and left every future scientist and philosopher in his debt through his contributions to the scientific method. I wonder if, at the time, he was happy with these accomplishments.

Are you happy? I don’t mean ‘laughing’ happy, but rather ‘contented’ happy. We go through days and months and years, and life, seemingly too preoccupied to be able to step back and find contentment and happiness. Look at all you’ll be called upon to do today as wonderful opportunities to express your thoughts and creativity with a sense of responsibility; find happiness and contentment in the things you experience and accomplish today. And while the news you read, the disappointments you observe and the troubles others experience all might serve to bring you down, let the little things you accomplish lift your spirit and lighten your heart. Take time today to become comfortable and happy with what you do and who you are. And then let that happiness shine through in all that you do.

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