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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

The Secret to Happiness

“It isn't what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about.” - Dale Carnegie

"The Grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for." - Allan K. Chalmers

Many people spend a lifetime searching for happiness. The irony is the only place they ever needed to search was within. You can only bring happiness to yourself. Nothing else will.

Being happy doesn't mean that everything is perfect. Happiness doesn't come as a result of getting something we don't have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have. It is not the absence of problems but the ability to deal with them.

Happiness comes whenever our work and words are beneficial to ourselves and others. May we always bring forth happiness to others wherever we go.

Do you have the secret to Happiness?

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30 comments:

Family Man said...

Great Post, Thanks!

Trinity said...

I love the picture you choose!

Happiness for me, is to accomplish God's mission in my life. I can be someone according to the Master's plan, and I can nurture my family in His path as well... the rest will be God's provision.

lilifxt said...

hi sam ...lovely post i totally agree with happiness " is what you think about.”

i do that myself when i feel down i think of what makes me happy even if i would imagine happiness in my head

thank u

JesseTheCat said...

Hi Sam..wow,so many people are seeking happiness..but its difficult to come by.This definition you have given is great..and it reminds me that happiness is not a state of ongoing bliss,but rather being able to deal with whatever happens in a balanced way.I agree happiness is what you think about...being negative is sure to bring more negativity.And having beneificial thoughts and words for others will take us a step further to that inner peace we all need.Hope your week is going to be happy,Sam :)

Sam Chan said...

Hi Ian,

Thanks for the visit and compliment.
Hope you are doing fine.

Blessings to you.

Sam Chan said...

Hi Trinity,

I am glad you love the picture I had chosen.

I like your answer for Happiness. Indeed doing the will of our Lord is the most rewarding in our life. May God continue to lead us to walk rightly.

God bless.

Sam Chan said...

Hi Lili,

Thanks for sharing your valuable thoughts. Happiness is a state of mind. May we learn to be happy and bring forth happiness to others as well.

Blessings to you Lili.

Sam Chan said...

Hi Jesse,

I am glad you like the definition of happiness here. If there is no suffering, struggle or hard work, one will not really understand and appreciate happiness. It is just like without darkness, one would not appreciate brightness.

Have a great day and be happy always.

Blessings to you Jesse.

enigma said...

Hi,Sam It is good to see You once again here...:)Yes,My secret of happiness is to be contented with what I have that make me happier and I thank/Praise God because I eat,wear,live and and I have better life I mean;I have better living conditions than who I see some people have bad living conditions...:( ...I praise God that gave me MY HEALT,GAVE ME my Family I live with them together happily...even though everytime I don't see them but I know They are still alive...nonetheless God gave me seeing eyes....etc and gave me a mind full of idea for to save myself from hopeless things I think of all of them make me happier that I have some choose I can go my ways...
Have a happy time with your family.hug
enigma

Titania Starlight said...

Hello Sam,
Happiness is indeed within. It is a state of mind. Great post and you choose your photos so well.

Many blessings,
Tawnya

surjit said...

Hi Sam,
Another thought provoking post.Thanks for sharing it.The following words are the ultimate truth about being happy:
...'Being happy doesn't mean that everything is perfect. Happiness doesn't come as a result of getting something we don't have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have. It is not the absence of problems but the ability to deal with them...'
God bless.

Secret Success said...

Wonderful post, thank you for sharing.

Many Blessings to you!

Krishna. N. C. said...

Dearest Sam,
Hello! Hope you are doing fine:)
What a beautiful post! I totally agree with you, and as Lord Jesus says, "The Kingdom of Heaven is Within you "..
You can make a heaven out of hell and a hell out of Heaven with your thoughts alone..Your posts have always blessed all of us with immense wisdom and knowledge my dear!
I so dearly adore you and your writings:)
Thanks so much for this great reminder sam.
My love, hugs and prayers for you. Keep shining!!

jONG said...

positive thinking & smile always...perhaps can bring us the HAPPINESS.

Gary Evans said...

Hi Sam..

"Many people spend a lifetime searching for happiness. The irony is the only place they ever needed to search was within."

I think that sums it up beautifully. Too many people are seeking external stimuli to "make them" happy when really happiness has been with them all along.

They simply chose not to see it!

Gary
www.goodtofeelgood.com

Sam Chan said...

Hi Enigma,

Thanks for sharing your secret of happiness. You are right.. one got to be contented and grateful to be happy. According to the Bible in 1Ti 6:6 - ".. godliness with contentment is great gain." We are indeed so blessed.

Let's remember to be thankful and grateful at all times.

Blessings to you Enigma.

Sam Chan said...

Hello Tawnya,

Thanks for the compliment. I am glad you like the photo that I had selected to match this post.

May you be always happy!

Sam Chan said...

Hi Surjit,

Welcome back. I really appreciate your presence here.

Let's remind ourselves so that we will always recognize and appreciate whatever we do have. Then we can be truly happy!

God bless.

Sam Chan said...

Hi Secret Success,

Thanks for the compliment. I am glad you liked this little post.

Many Blessings

Sam Chan said...

Dear Krishna,

I am doing fine. Just a bit busy learning another language namely Mandarin so that I could equip myself to serve in my church. Hope you are doing fine too!

Thanks for sharing your valuable thoughts and insight from the Bible. Indeed, Jesus mentioned in Luke 17:21 ".. the kingdom of God is within You"

You have indeed given me a lot of encouragement. Thank you my dear friend.

Many Blessing to you Krishna.

Sam Chan said...

Hi jONG,

Thanks for sharing your secret of happiness. Yes.. positive thinking and SMILE helps. SMILE and others will smile back.

May you be happy always.
Blessings

Sam Chan said...

Hi Gary Evans,

Thanks for your feedback. Rightly said.. many are seeking external stimuli for happiness. May we continue to be happy and bring forth happiness wherever we go.

Many Blessings.

Malicious Intent said...

Sam,
Found you from Finding Life's Enchantments. We have one thing in common, we are in Titania's treasure list. I thought I would check out her treasures and I find she has impeccable tastes!

I am a huge quote person, have them hanging all over my houes and use them as filler in a newsletter I do. Words are powerful and truly can inspire.

Sam Chan said...

Hi Malicious Intent,

Thanks for telling me that I am in Titania's treasure list. I really appreciate that. Will check it out after this.

Glad to know that you are also a fan of quotes. I agree with you that Words are powerful and truly can inspire. May we benefit from all good quotes that we had collected.

Once again, thanks for your visit and comments.

Best Wishes

Haze said...

First its a great photo!

Yes, happiness can only be found first within. I agree with that.

Blogberry MOM said...

You had a great post. I'm reading right now the "How to Win Friends and Influence People" by Dale Carnegie. He is such a great writer.

Sam Chan said...

Hi Haze,

I am glad you liked the photo. May happiness grow stronger within you.

Best Wishes
Sam Chan

Sam Chan said...

Hi Blogberry MOM,

Thanks for your compliment.

I believe the golden rule that can indeed help us to win friends and influence them comes from Jesus saying in Matthew 7:12 - "Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets."

May you acquire all the necessary knowledge to win friends and influence people.

Best Wishes
Sam Chan

Seamus Anthony said...

Hi Sam,

Great quote from Carnegie. I talk about his great secret for success here: http://tinyurl.com/5a7yhu

But my "secrets" for happiness here:http://tinyurl.com/6cgoyr

Funny how the word 'secret' has been twisted really ... these days it kind of means "the piece of information I am telling as many people as will listen!"

:-)

shahjee said...

Great Post, Thanks!