The Essentials of Happiness

The three grand essentials of happiness are: Something to DO, Something to LOVE, Something to HOPE FOR. – Joseph Addison Subscribe to a weekly newsletter featuring articles and quotes of Michael Josephson

Happiness is Fulfillment

Things You Can Do To Improve The World Thing of happiness in terms of fulfillment, not fun. Indulge yourself in the pleasure that comes from living a worthy life in the company of people you love and in the service of something bigger than yourself.

QUOTE & POSTER: Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. – Melody Beattie

WORTH READING: Get Smarter! Start the New Year With the Five Best Books I Read in 2011. What books are on your list?

Here are the best five books I’ve read this year. They are so good they are all on my top-ten of all-time list. In the comment section please share the names of the best books you’ve read this year and if you are willing add a sentence or two on what you found so good about each book. The Happiness Hypothesis by …

WORTH READING: Why Living a Life of Gratitude Can Make You Happy

by Leo Babauta “If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘Thank you,’ that would suffice.” – Meister Eckhart Many days, I try to humble myself and hold a 2-minute gratitude session. I simply sit or kneel, with no distractions, close my eyes, and think about what I’m grateful for and who I’m grateful for. I don’t do it every …

OBSERVATION: Find personal joy and fulfillment in service. “I slept and dreamt that life was all joy, I awoke and understood life was but service, I served and realized service is joy.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“In about the same degree as you are helpful, you will be happy.”  Karl Reiland A common delusion is to think of service only in terms of sacrifice. Service is a reliable road to a series of emotions that enlarge our lifve and uplift our spirits – satisfaction, pride, worthiness, fulfillment,  and even outright joy in seeing our efforts

WORTH READING: The Truth About Money and Happiness

From Tejvan Pettinger at It is an oft repeated axiom that money cannot buy happiness. While this is certainly true, poverty will not buy happiness either. Some people become very wealthy, yet struggle to enjoy their lives. On the other hand, others manage to go through life with very few money problems simply because they are able to make …