“The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.”
Have you ever known someone who always seemed to be longing for happiness, but they never quite seemed to find it?
That seems to be a common thread among a large percentage of the world’s population.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
There is some debate over whether Benjamin Franklin was really the original author of the above quote, but it’s very true either way.
While we are all free to pursue happiness in our lives, it’s up to us to catch it.
- It’s wonderful to have good neighbors, but our neighbors can’t make one happy.
- It’s wonderful to earn a comfortable salary, but a comfortable salary can’t make one happy.
- It’s wonderful to have a nice home, but a nice home can’t make one happy.
True happiness doesn’t come from material things, and although having loving family and friends in our lives certainly helps, they can’t make us happy.
That’s why so many people who seemingly have an abundance of worldly possessions and wonderful, loving families and friends still end up living miserable lives.
So what’s the secret to true happiness? Well, it comes from within our own hearts and minds.
While being comfortable financially and having wonderful people in our lives life can help us find happiness, those things on their own cannot provide the happiness for us.
Once we learn to recognize our blessings and be thankful that we have them, we’ll realize that the happiness we have always longed for has been with us all along.
Bottom line: The key to true happiness is learning to cherish the things and the people the good Lord has already blessed us with instead of the ones we’re still hoping to receive.
We’ll find true happiness when we finally decide we’re not going to spend the rest of our lives waiting for ships that don’t come in.
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