Happiness requires a sense of perspective

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving! Well, Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow.

Hope you have a great day, and hope you will join me in counting our amazing number of blessings.

Do we complain more than we should? You betcha! You do, I do, most of us do. But when we take those moments to sit back, assess what the Lord has provided in our lives, and realize how good we have it, we know that we should be saying “thank you Lord” instead of “Help Me Lord!!”

But we’re human, right? And I’m right there with you.

Today, however, let’s be happy, or least give it our best shot. And let’s carry it over to Thursday. And then maybe, just maybe, we can keep doing it, and get to an attitude of gratitude, as our Lord would want.

So read on, since I love these quotes my wife sent me from some famous, and almost famous, people.

In order to have great happiness, you have to have great pain and unhappiness-otherwise how would you know when you’re happy?

—Leslie Caron

Happiness depends upon ourselves.


They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world. Someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.

—Allan K. Chalmers

Happiness is not a reward — it is a consequence. Suffering is not a punishment — it is a result.

—Robert Green Ingersoll

The really happy person is the one who can enjoy the scenery, even when they have to take a detour.

—Sir James Jeans

Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better to take things as they come along with patience and equanimity.

—Carl Jung

Realize that true happiness lies within you. Waste no time and effort searching for peace and contentment and joy in the world outside. Remember that there is no happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving. Reach out. Share. Smile. Hug. Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.

—Og Mandino

Happiness is the interval between periods of unhappiness.

—Don Marquis

If one only wished to be happy, this could be easily accomplished; but we wish to be happier than other people, and this is always difficult, for we believe others to be happier than they are.

—Charles De Montesquieu

Men can only be happy when they do not assume that the object of life is happiness.

—George Orwell

Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.

—Jim Rohn

The journey to happiness involves finding the courage to go down into ourselves and take responsibility for what’s there: all of it.

—Richard Rohr

Happiness does not come from doing easy work, but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best.

—Theodore I. Rubin

Most people ask for happiness on condition. Happiness can only be felt if you don’t set any condition.

—Arthur Rubinstein

It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.

—Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Happiness comes when we test our skills towards some meaningful purpose.

—John Stossel

People who never achieve happiness are the ones who complain whenever they’re awake, and whenever they’re asleep they are thinking about what to complain about tomorrow.

—Adam Zimbler

Kevin Chiri is Publisher of L’Observateur and can be reached at (985) 652-9545 or at kchiri@bellsouth.net