Happy is the person who knows what to remember of the past, what to enjoy in the present and what to plan for in the future.
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InspirEmail No 204 - April 4, 2011 - Is happiness around the corner?
'Inspirational messages to refresh the spirit and boost the emotional bank account'
 

Is happiness around the corner?

For lots of people, happiness is just around the corner. They just need to get their degree, a particular job, a promotion, or a raise. Maybe they're waiting to get married or have a child. Perhaps they will be happy when they retire.

Alfred D' Souza said, 'For a long time it seemed to me that life was about to begin. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, or a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.'

John Lennon put it another way, 'Life is what happens while you are making other plans.'

The point is our lives are happening now. If we are to get the satisfaction and fulfillment we want, we have to learn to draw pleasure and joy from everything that happens to us and around us because these experiences are the very essence of our life. The more conscious we are that life consists of the journey, not the destination, the more likely we are to get the most out of it.

So, if there are things you want to do, begin to fit them in now or accept the fact that you can be happy whether or not you do them. Happiness isn't just around the corner. It's now or it's never. The good news is you have everything you need to be happy. Philosophers, poets, and scientists all agree it can't be attained through money, prestige or power.

Happiness is not a fact, it's a mindset. All you need is optimism and gratitude.

Written by Michael Josephson
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Our heart knows

Listen to your heart when it asks you to act with kindness - your heart knows what truly fulfills you.

Listen to your heart when it suggests that you be patient - your heart knows how real and lasting value is created.

Listen to your heart when it calls you to live this moment with joy - your heart knows what makes you the most effective.

Listen to your heart when it urges you to see profound beauty in the most ordinary things- your heart knows where your real strength comes from.

Listen to your heart when it reminds you to feel hopeful - your heart knows about possibilities that your mind has not yet considered.

Whether you're up or you're down, whether you're confident or unsure, listen to your heart - for your heart knows why you're here.

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