Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The Happiest People on Earth

A newspaper in England once asked this question of its readers, "Who are the happiest people on earth?"

The four prize winning answers were:

  • A little child building sand castles.
  • A craftsman or artist whistling over a job well done.
  • A mother, bathing her baby after a busy day.
  • A doctor who has finished a difficult and dangerous operation that saved a human life.
The paper's editors were surprised to find virtually no one submitted kings, emperors, millionaires or others of wealth and rank as the happiest people on earth.

W. Beran Wolfe once said, If you observe a really happy man, you will find him building a boat, writing a symphony, educating his son, growing double dahlias in his garden, or looking for dinosaurs eggs in the Gobi desert. He will not be searching for happiness as if it were a collar button that has rolled under the radiator. He will not be striving for it as a goal in itself. He will have become aware that he is happy in the course of living life twenty-four crowded hours of the day.

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