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I never knew a man escape failures, in either mind or body, who worked seven days in a week.
-- Sir Robert Peel
 

 

Friday, April 16, 2004

Symptoms of happiness

When you are truly happy and fulfilled, it will show. Be careful, though, not to confuse the symptoms of happiness with happiness itself.

Happiness shows itself in many ways. Remember, however, that those outward manifestations are not the source of happiness.

The signs of happiness you see in others are the results, not the cause of their happiness. Chasing those same results in an attempt to bring happiness to your own life is an empty pursuit.

Instead, live each day with gratitude, with wonder, awe, love and kindness. Be happy, without first requiring a reason to be.

And the symptoms of happiness will begin to show in you. What’s more, they’ll be real and meaningful, not just empty tokens.

Rather than expecting happiness to come to you from the outside, let it come from you, pouring forth from the inside. And delight in the joy your happiness creates.

— Ralph Marston

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