Want to be happy?

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By Fr. Bel San Luis, SVD

Once upon a time there was a king who had everything the world had to offer — all that money could buy, plus absolute power over his people. But despite all this, he was unhappy.

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And so he summoned the wisest of wise men in all his kingdom and told them, “I want to be happy,” he said. “I command you to tell me how to achieve happiness.”

The wisest of them all came up with a solution. “You must find a truly happy man in your kingdom, take his shirt from him and wear it yourself. Then, you too will be happy.”

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So the king dispatched his elite horsemen to every corner of the kingdom in search of a truly happy man and, eventually, they found one. The trouble was: he didn’t own a shirt!

The moral? Happiness cannot be found in material possessions and wealth.

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In his book The Secret of Happiness, American author D. Prager says,”More times than not, things that lead to happiness involve some pain like professional achievement, religious commitment, civic or charitable work, self improvement.”

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A lady once confided to me that she felt very happy and fulfilled as she was reaching the twilight years of her life. With God’s help, she said that she was able to send all her four children to college despite the fact that her husband died in his early 50s. “That achievement gave me happiness worth all the tears, toils, and sleepless nights.”

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The renowned psychologist Dr. David Myers says that another way of achieving happiness is to ACCENTUATE the positive.

“Our mind is so powerful that our thoughts affect our moods and behavior. If we keep dwelling on an unhappy past that we cannot change, we are depriving ourselves of the present and a future that we can still do something about.”

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“We may feel depressed over a failure or crisis, but this should not last too long.

“Get involved in something that utilizes your skills,” Myers adds. This includes doing charity work for less fortunate brethren. “There is more happiness in giving than in receiving” (Acts 20,35). (By the way, this is also true in boxing!).

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TAKE CARE OF THE SOUL. Research on faith and well-being shows that people who are actively religious are happier than those who aren’t. This was confirmed in a survey by the Princeton Religion Research Center on the “State of Religion in America.” Religious people are much less likely to abuse drugs and alcohol, to divorce, or to commit suicide.

There you have it. What’s now needed is to apply the above thoughts into practice.

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THE LIGHTER SIDE. To be happy with your husband, understand him a lot and love him a little. To be happy with your wife, love her a lot and don’t try to understand her at all.”

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A faithful married couple in their 60s are visited by an angel who grants them both a wish. “I want to travel around the world with my darling husband,” said the wife. Two tickets for a luxury cruise appear in her hand.

Husband says, “My wish is to have a wife 30 years younger than me. The angel waves her wand and the husband became 90!

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