Can Happiness Be This Basic?

I’ve never heard it put quite so clearly…

“Whatever worldly joy there is
Arises from wishing for others’ happiness.
Whatever worldly suffering there is
Arises from wishing for your own happiness.

“What need is there to say more?
Look at the difference between these two;
Ordinary persons act for their own welfare;
The teacher acts for others’ welfare.”

Consider, he adds, how being self-centered is the door to all unhappiness (because nobody gets what they want most of the time) and being “other-centered” is the basis of all good.

Something to ponder during these (more) restful days. I never want to be an ordinary person again. I want to be a teacher. Like that one.

P.S. That’s AFTER I’ve put my own 02 mask on first, so I’m able to help others.

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Kim Klaver


  • Dear Kim,

    Timeless concept in new words. The highest form of love has always been manifested my selfless giving. Lots like to quote the "Good Book" where it says it is more blessed to give than to receive.

    Isn't it interesting how the same concept with a different spin penetrates when the trite sayings do not.

    I do believe happiness can be that basic. Truth is simple.

    Happy New Year to all.

    Wishing You Plenty To Live,
    Tom Doiron

  • Great post.

    My Grandma used to say "happiness is knowing what it means to make a good casserole".

    I know I feel better when I've made someones day.

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