By Jean Ricot Dormeus
John Lennon has inspired countless people with the right understanding of happiness in life. So goes his story: “When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down 'happy'. They told me I didn't understand the assignment, and I told them they didn't understand life.”
Do you spend much time pursuing happiness through impressive achievements or acceptance from others? Well, stop looking for your glasses while you have them on. Enduring happiness comes from the inside and you always have a good reason to be happy.
When was the last time you counted your blessings and expressed gratitude? When was the last time you refused to dwell on the loss of your roof to the storm and helped the neighbor who lost a limb or a loved one in the same storm?
Happiness doesn't lend itself to conquer. Like your shadow, the more you pursue it, the faster it runs. Happiness surrenders when you embrace it with both arms, knowing that everything you need will come in due course. Just plant your seeds and maintain your garden until the harvest season.
As for others, accept them without expecting anything from them in return. Give them a disinterested smile or loaf of bread, you will every so often receive a smile back or an uplifting thank you. Giving is its own reward. Happiness originates in you, the more you make others happy, the happier you become.
Live happy, because displaying the right attitude intensifies and communicates happiness.
Jean Ricot Dormeus
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