Happiness is one of the greatest and highest achievements in life. You deserve to be happy. I usually feel I am happy. I think I am happier now than ever in my life (partially thanks to books). I have achieved success in my field, am cared for by my family, am well liked in my community and am in good health. Happiness is being righteous, believing in yourself, achieving your goals, taking care of one another, living your values and being true to yourself. Take steps to make the world a better place. You can never be broken as long as you remain master of your own mind. Master yourself and keep a serene mind. I am honored to share the universal human experience with you. This is our time in history. If you make a mistake don’t obsess about it. Learn and move on. You can’t change the past but you can ruin the present by worrying about the future. Live your life anyway you choose as long as you do no harm.
Wisdom ranks above wealth. You don’t have to be rich to be happy. Wealth will not necessary bring happiness. The things we desire most are the things that we least need. Like the Buddha said “detach yourself from lust, hatred and ignorance. If you do not crave you cannot suffer.” Those who are unhappy will be unhappy at any age. It is a matter of character. People will irritate you. The world can be full of fools. Do not fight them. Trust but verify. Don’t let your guard down even in good times. Seek a profound moral compass.
There are so many things to be happy about. Just the fact we are here is a miracle. The age of reptiles is over. This is the Cenozoic era; the age of new life. It is the mammals time to shine. Our planet is such an oddity in the milky way galaxy. Conditions are just right for life. Think about it: Earths magnetic field and atmosphere (O3) protect us from the dangers of space, temperatures are comfortable enough to give us liquid water (a prerequisite for life), plants give us CO2, we give plants O2, plants support the food web. All these factors make life possible. What a beautiful thing. We are alive and making history. We can see, smell, taste, touch and hear. The senses are a gift. Lets bask in the enjoyment of life. Books and my wife taught me to enjoy the everyday human experience. Intuition is knowledge we feel but cant explain.