“There are two paths you can go by, but in the long run
there is still time to change the road you are on“
– Led Zeppelin, from “Stairway To Heaven”
Generations of explorers are searching for it. Philosophers tries to define it. Scientists are proving and proving… Ordinary folks are just want to know how to get there.
Heaven the secret to happiness.
I have some good news and some bad news for you. Whitch one first….?
Ok the bad news is that there are no secret to happiness. There is no password, no secret handshake, no magic potion. There is no sage elder perched atop a mountain waiting just for you to find him and ask, “Master what is the secret to happiness?”
The good news is, that it really doesn´t matter – you can find happiness on your own. Actually you can make happiness. You can build and climb your very own Stairway to heaven right here on Earth.
If you want to live in heaven, why wait untill you die? Poet Elizabeth Browning said: “Earth´s crammed with heaven” . No less an authority than the pope himself says that heaven “is neither an abstraction nor a physical place in the clouds”.
You can build your own unique , custom stairway to heaven. In the words of track athlete Jim Ryun, “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”
Happiness researcher (honest, there are such a thing) Ed Diener, Ph.D., of the University of Illinois, lists three concepts of happiness.
- Virtue or holiness: This is the happiness of the Greek Stoics. You are happy if you possess desirable qualities. Aristotle called this “Eudaimonia” or the ideal state of being.
- Life satisfaction: This is the positive evaluation of your life. If you feel satisfied with your life you are happy. You are content. You relax in the green pastures.
- Pleasent emotional experience: This is how you feel at the moment – joy, fun, elation. You experience pleasure. You feel good.
You can read about the good habits that can bring you happiness by hard work in the articles from yesterday.
Love, Health And Wisdom