Life+Stuff: Get happy

Lucy Munchenburger

Lucy Munchenburger is my First Lady of happiness

Sometimes all the work has been done for you. You don’t need to spend your life puzzling over what will make you happy becauseĀ Eleanor Roosevelt has already figured it out. Read on for her eloquent summary:

‘Someone once asked me what I regarded as the three most important requirements for happiness. My answer was: ‘A feeling that you have been honest with yourself and those around you; a feeling that you have done the best you could both in your personal life and in your work; and the ability to love others.’

But there is another basic requirement, and I can’t understand now how I forgot it at the time: that is the feeling that you are, in some way, useful. Usefulness, whatever form it may take, is the price we should pay for the air we breathe and the food we eat and the privilege of being alive. And it is its own reward, as well, for it is the beginning of happiness, just as self-pity and withdrawal from the battle are the beginning of misery.’

Isn’t that just perfect?

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5 Responses to “Life+Stuff: Get happy”
  1. Natureboy says:

    I think that this will require much thought. Hope you are happy though!

  2. Meagan says:

    I just love you… and Lucy Munchenburger!

    I have been pondering this… and just how satisfied and happy I am to be useful and productive – using my particular set of skills based on my interests. It is a beautiful thing! As are you!

  3. Lou-la says:

    Perfect! Thanks Em, and Eleanor, for the pearls. I agree šŸ™‚

  4. Janie says:

    yes. Usefulness is so important

  5. Emma says:

    The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others
    – Mohandas Gandhi

    Happiness! Beautiful Em!

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