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Big words seldom accompany good deeds.
-- Charlotte Whitton


Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Desire to be happy

Every person you encounter today has something in common with you. Just like you, every person holds a deep-seated desire to be happy.

The definition of what constitutes happiness varies greatly from person to person. And another person’s strategy for achieving happiness may not make any sense to you.

Nevertheless, each person you talk to, or do business with, complain to, receive praise, insults or advice from, is seeking happiness. Each person is seeking happiness in his or her own way.

On your own, you cannot make other people happy. And other people cannot confer happiness upon you, or withhold it from you.

However, what you can do is respect in your actions, in your words, in your thoughts and attitude, the desire of every person to be happy. Your respect can make all the difference.

Do you want to live in a world filled with people who are disappointed, disgusted or angry with life, or in a world where people are happy with life? Choose to respect, encourage and support the universal desire for happiness in others, and you’ll find your own desire for happiness to be increasingly fulfilled.

— Ralph Marston

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