Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Key To Happiness

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.

- James Oppenheim, short-story writer, novelist, poet

The key to happiness

The secret to happiness is not to get what you want, but to want what you already have. If you think about it, most discontent grows from want. We want more stuff, more excitement, more pleasure. When we don't get those things, we're resentful and unsatisfied. Take away the want, and you take away the unhappiness. When your quality of life is tied to your desires, fulfillment is a shadow that escapes your view. Like trying to imagine a new color, the harder you look, the harder it is to see. Does this mean you stop setting goals and striving for a healthy lifestyle and better life? No. It means you can appreciate life regardless of the outcome. It means you can relish the pursuit while accepting the possibility of failure. It means you can still enjoy the ride. Happiness is not a destination--it's a way of life.


  1. So true, so true. I get sad when I can't have what I want. I need to let it go and be happy with what I have. But, I swear, a new wardrobe, new paint, new roof, new bathrooms, new anything, would make me very, very happy, too. Ha!

  2. I know. I agree a hundred percent. Every time I can't have what I want I find other ways to put my energy into and choose to be happy instead with that. Just like you my kids are my greatest motivation in life. Thanks and good luck on everything.