What Does Your Happiness Depend On?

November 18, 2015

“For most of life, nothing wonderful happens. If you don’t enjoy getting up and working and finishing your work and sitting down to a meal with family or friends, then the chances are you’re not going to be very happy. If someone bases his happiness on major events like a great job, huge amounts of money, a flawlessly happy marriage or a trip to Paris, that person isn’t going to be happy much of the time. If, on the other hand, happiness depends on a good breakfast, flowers in the yard, a drink or a nap, then we are more likely to live with quite a bit of happiness.”
—Andy Rooney

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  1. I will admit that trips to Paris have made me very happy. But sometimes moments with no great involvement or activity (i.e. doing nothing) also allow great joy. When the inner state is peaceful and serene, all manner of emotions flow...in my experience...

  2. Rita--You are so right...those trips are sources of joy, but they aren't the only ones. Sometimes I think it's a matter of recognizing our happiness.