A Question of Happiness

A Question of Happiness

01One joy scatters a hundred griefs.  ~Chinese Proverb

So what is the most important question you can ask yourself in your personal quest for happiness?  I would postulate that it is simply why.  The simplest and most profound question you can ever ask, but don’t use a little word to ask too big of a question.   Don’t ask yourself why am I not happy, there are just too many variables to that question.  Ask yourself instead why do I do this, does it make me happy?  A really interesting exercise is to take the elements of your life and run it through that simple filter.  Why am I living where I live, does it make me happy?  Sometimes that answer may be no and then you need to apply the second and equally as important question, can I change this?

There are lots of elements in our life that for good reason you can’t change.  You may be underwater in your mortgage and given today’s housing market you may have to stay in your home.  You may not be happy in your job but not have the experience or skills to get another or better job.  In those cases you have two choices, either work towards putting yourself in position to change, i.e. take some classes to gain skills you need to move on.  Or, accept that for this moment in time, this cannot be changed.  That acceptance is not submission, but understanding that you will have to wait a little longer to make that particular change.

I bet if you apply the why filter you may find some easy and positive ways to change your life and increase your personal happiness.  Give it a shot and let us know how you did and have a happy day my friends ~ Rev Kane

The art of living does not consist in preserving and clinging to a particular mode of happiness, but in allowing happiness to change its form without being disappointed by the change; happiness, like a child, must be allowed to grow up.  ~Charles L. Morgan

 

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About revmichaelkane

Reverend Michael Kane is a writer, photographer, educator, speaker, adventurer and a general sampler of life. His most recent book about hiking and happiness is Appalachian Trail Happiness available in soft cover and Kindle on Amazon
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