“Happiness resides not in possessions and not in gold; the feeling of happiness dwells in the soul.”
Democritus – Laughing Philosopher (460 – 360BC)
I have an application on my Android which delivers daily quotes of inspiration to my phone. I love these quotes, I have not read one yet that has not been positive and uplifting; as well as applicable. The above quote is no different.
Apparently Democritus was known as the laughing philosopher because of his emphasis on the value of cheerfulness. Who would think that one would have to work at being in a state of cheerfulness on a daily basis? Yet at certain stages in our lives or for some individuals this becomes a necessity. This could either be because cheerfulness does not come easily or the circumstances in which one finds themselves in makes cheerfulness difficult. Regardless of the reasons, cheerfulness is a worthy and valuable state of mind to pursue because it has the power to positively alter the state of the mind, body and soul.
I know some days are easier then others to be happy. That sounds even more strange in writing then it does to say to oneself. But it’s true – we have been through a monumental amount of stress and some days are worse then others. I do not want my kids to grow up feeling the stress of life in our house or remembering mom as always being worried. I know it is crucial for me to make it a point to be happy and find the good – in my children, my life, our house and our pets. As bad as it is, there is always someone so much worse off. I really don’t have it so bad…and things are getting better and better. That is what I need to focus on as well!
Find the opportunities to enjoy a bit of cheerfulness tomorrow (or today!) and make it a daily habit. Who knows you might enjoy it! Leave me a comment and tell me what made you happy today!