Wednesday, December 3, 2008

"Nothing but blue skies from now on..." Irving Berlin

"What hurt me so terribly
all my life until this moment?
How I love the small, swiftly
beating heart of the bird
singing in the great maples;"
Jane Kenyon

Blue birds of happiness...

It is a common belief that our state of happiness is a quotient given to us at birth. If so then we are born with a propensity for viewing the glass as either “half full or half empty”. It is said that even after a tragedy when the mourning period is over, we return to our set point. We are not talking euphoria here like falling in love but the nuts and bolts of daily life. What does make us happy? Is our happiness based only on external events that are so many times beyond our control? No one has a blessed life; we all have our share of disappointments. So in these difficult times let’s try to perceive things differently; develop the happiness habit and try our best to see that glass as half full.

"If you want to be happy, resolutely turn the spotlight off yourself. Forget your own self-importance, your aches and pains, your feelings and fears. Instead, get busy. The world is wide and fascinating, and it needs your participation." Michael Crichton

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