smile may brighten up your day, but it won't change your life.
Happiness isn't a
smiley face. It's a smiley life, and lives are concrete and very complicated.
However, as complicated as you may be, you still break down into two basic blocks: there's what you
are, and there's who you are. Both of them are essential to happiness.What you are
The simpler of the two. You're human. Because of that simple fact, in general there
are things that will make you and there are things that will break you.
things that will break you are easy to pinpoint. They can be physical like poison, or ethical like
murder. And they will always destroy happiness. So avoid them.
The things that
will make you are harder to identify because they aren't concrete. They're general goals for life...
things that everyone has to do but in different ways. Helping others. Taking care of yourself. Doing
good. To do them, you need to figure out what they mean in your life.Who you
That's where general goodness starts to take concrete shape in your life. Doing
good? For a wife that means loving a husband who's fighting cancer. For the doctor, that means
healing the same man. Loving and healing are both good, even great. But they're different. They will
make different people happy. And if they're inverted, they will make the same people very
sad.Happiness for you
After God, the second step towards happiness
is Yourself. You don't choose what you are. And in many cases you've already chosen who you are. For
example, you're married. And choosing marriage as your path to happiness meant that you had to close
That's life. Progress towards happiness means choosing well - and
bringing God into your choices. He made you. He knows what he made you for. He knows who he made you
for. He knows who he made you to be. Talk to him about it.
But happiness also
means not going back on who you are. And that coherence is the base for the next
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