Choosing happiness2009 Issue 1 (ISSN 2163-7768)

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As a new parent, I’ve recently come to think that happiness is a good night’s sleep. On exhausting days I might even say happiness is five minutes to myself, a clean floor, or something actually going as planned.

Some faith traditions put aside the notion that happiness is part of a spiritual path. Some say that happiness is not possible and we must accept that life is full of suffering.

Perhaps happiness is in acceptance itself. When I look back over my life, the moments when I was truly happy were when I was fully present, whether big (my wedding day, the birth of my son) or small (a cup of tea with my husband). When I stopped regretting what could have been, or anticipating what might be, I felt a sense of happiness. So how does one increase happy states in life? Well, that is what this issue is all about.

bronwenWith peace,
Bronwen Henry

Daily Inspiration

"The doing of a good deed flows from the desiring of it. In ancient times, deed and will were made one... for pretense did not exist at all."

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