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He only profits from praise who values criticism.
-- Heinrich Heine
 

 

Monday, March 1, 2004

Reasons for happiness

There are plenty of people who appear to have every reason for happiness, who are in fact miserable. And there are others who seem to have no reason to be happy, yet they are as happy as can be.

Why is this? Because happiness is not a result, but a cause.

If you wait for a reason before allowing yourself to be happy, that reason will likely never come. Yet when you can be happy even though there’s no reason for it, pretty soon an abundance of reasons will appear.

Smile, and there will be much to smile about. Be thankful, and there will be plenty of reasons for being thankful.

If you make your happiness conditional, you’ll limit it and drive it away. Why in the world would you want to do that?

Instead of waiting for happiness to flow toward you, let it flow from you. And such happiness will never fail to find its own very good reasons.

— Ralph Marston

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