Almost a decade ago, I was going through an emotionally tough phase of my life – with questions about “what I was doing, where I was doing, and whether I would get what I want” were flooding my mind, causing me much anxiety and generally making me restless.

Then suddenly I received this email. I forget who it was from, and who the original author was, but it really touched my heart and opened up my mind.

From then on, I approached life with a new perspective… the perspective contained in this email to be precise. And it quite simply changed my life, forever.

I am reproducing it here below, in the hope that it will have a positive impact on other people, as it did on me!

I call it – The Secret of Happiness!

“There is little correlation between the circumstances of people’s lives and how happy they are…

Did you know of the notion that we have to work at happiness to achieve it?

Most of assume that happiness comes as a result of good things that just happen to us, things over which we have little or no control.

But the opposite is true: Happiness is largely under our control. Happiness is a battle to be waged, and not a feeling to be awaited.

One of the effective and easy ways to sabotage happiness is to look at something and fixate at the smallest flaw, like looking at the Sistine Chapel ceiling and concentrating on a missing tile!

We all know of people who have had a relatively easy life and yet are essentially unhappy. And we all know of people who have suffered a great deal but generally remain happy.

The first secret to happiness is Gratitude. All happy people are grateful. Ungrateful people cannot be happy.

We tend to think that being unhappy leads people to complain. But it is truer to say that complaining leads to people becoming unhappy.

The second secret is having passions, and the more passions we have the more happiness we will experience.

Thirdly, we need a philosophy of life which will guide us towards a path of happiness. A belief that our existence has some larger meaning, thereby transcending our so-called unhappiness.

Just some thoughts to mull over.

Cheers to Happiness”


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