We get some idea of what “happy” might mean to an inmate of the Soviet Gulags from the list of small mercies at the end of Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s Shukhov went off to sleep, and he was completely content.Fate had been kind to him in many ways that day: he hadn’t been put in the cells, the gang had not been sent to the Socialist Community Centre, he’d fiddled himself an extra bowl of porridge for dinner, the gang-leader had fixed a good percentage, he’d been happy building that wall, he’d slipped through the search with that bit of blade, he’d earned himself something from Tsesar in the evening, he’d bought his tobacco.Maybe all of us have heard of this famous question: is the glass half-full or half-empty?
, mayor and governor of Bordeaux, a child of fortune and high privilege; though even then one will be as vulnerable as any other to the ills of the body, and to the hesitations, doubts, irrational hauntings, moods, fears that trouble our fragile consciousness; and of course no one, however protected by royal favour and titles, is safe from Death.
Behind Montaigne’s very idiosyncratic avocation of the “little back-shop” of domestic retirement lies a tradition that reaches deep into the classical past: to Seneca, Cicero, Epictetus, and beyond those later writers to Epicurus, Aristotle and Plato in the fourth century BC.
Each day we have to see a lot of places and we are only allowed to stay at each place for 30 minutes or at most one hour just for taking some pictures. At the end of the tour, we only feel tired and remember which places we have looked around but have no idea how beautiful they are. These 3 keys of happiness are beliefs that I hold and they have worked for me in the past and they work for me now.
However, if we put away the tour group and cut the schedule in half, stay longer at each place, enjoy every moment at ease. So, when we simplify our life, we have time for what’s important to us, for what we really want to be doing, for spending time with loved ones, for doing things we’re passionate about. I sincerely hope these 3 simple and easy to apply keys can also work for all of you.
My wish is for all of us to have a happy life and enjoy it!
THE CHARACTER OF A HAPPY LIFE Happiness surely is among the simplest of human emotions and the most spontaneous.That is to say, let the rest be ours, but not joined and glued so firmly to us that it cannot be detached without taking our skin along with it, and tearing away a piece of us.The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to yourself.On the other hand, a pessimist observes what is not in the glass – the half empty because he focuses on what he doesn’t have.When we always think of what we don’t have and what we are losing, we never feel happy.And he hadn’t fallen ill – had overcome his feelings of illness in the morning.The day had gone by without a single cloud – almost a happy day.We pass quickly through one destination and then move into the next.At the end of each day, we’re probably too exhausted and too stressed out to even notice the simple things that can make us happy.Furthermore, negative thinking can take a lot of time and too much emotional energy, which absolutely does not lead to a happy life.In addition, positive thinking makes us have a feeling of excitement about something pleasant or exciting that we know is going to happen. No matter what our circumstances are, if we have something to look forward to, we bring happiness into our life well before the event actually takes place.