“If you want to be happy, be.” Leo Tolstoy
“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” Oprah Winfrey
“Whoever is happy will make others happy.” Ann Frank
“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” Robert A. Heinlein
“The power of finding beauty in the humblest things, make home happy and life lovely.” Louisa May Alcott
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Everyone can achieve happiness. Leo Tolstoy simply connects happiness with being. Oprah Winfrey gives happiness more detail as she notes the importance of celebration and praise which comes from within. While hiding from the Nazis in the secret space which her father fashioned, Ann Frank wrote in her diary about the necessity of using your happiness to make others happy. Robert A. Heinlein balances Frank’s sentiment as he links love with happiness. In order to feel love, others’ sense of happiness is as important as your own.
Louisa May Alcott is more famous for her publications such as Little Women. Her perspective of happiness demonstrates the role humility plays in the home and by extension in other aspects of life. Home should be a place where one cultivates a sense of purpose. Home should be a supportive place where one can have the balance of worship, work, play and rest. Home should be a place where good morals and values are taught with supportive socialization skills. The reality is that other institutions such as the church and school teach the morals, virtues and values which should be experienced within the home. Society is built upon the thoughts, speech and actions of its members. Presently some areas of society are discordant.
Mahatma Gandhi notes that when thoughts, speech and actions are harmonized the consequence is happiness. Harmony occurs in music when different pitches blend to create a tone which gives the ears pleasure. Happiness occurs in life when different values of faith, hope and love blend to create a life which gives God pleasure. Faith is the belief of the tangible and intangible. Belief of the intangible requires a deeper level of faith. Senses, other than sight, qualify its value. Hope is a beautiful value to possess, for it validates the reason for being. Coupled with faith, hope can be a powerful addition to life. Hope increases the will to survive. Without love, faith and hope cannot endure. Love inculcates the virtues of patience and kindness. These significant virtues are developed with time and life experience.
With the utensils of love, hope and faith in hand, happiness is attainable. The current state of life may not reflect happiness. It may be filled with woes and lamentations. The persons quoted have a common thread. By experiencing extremely distressing times in their lives, they could truly understand happiness. They realized that the true meaning of happiness lies in being true to self. True happiness is experienced in experiencing spiritual enlightenment. It is not the job of others to make you happy. For, the praise of men is incomparable to the harmony and beauty which God brings through the appreciation of the simple things in life.