“Who are the happiest people on earth?” It’s such a simple question and it is such a wonder who people would say are the happiest on earth. If you would look at the image of the quotation and the passage from the Bible that I have included below, you will get a look as to what my answer to that question would be.
I have stated before that if there is one thing I really love to do, that is to write…the other thing would be to read and learn new things from what I am reading. I really do love to write and had been passionate about it for as long as I could remember. When I write, I feel as though there is nothing on this planet I would rather do. I feel content. I feel happy.
Someone once said that happiness is a state of mind. Another anonymous person said that happiness is something you make for yourself. It is not something you wish for or wait for to happen. You can find happiness in the simplest of things, the smallest of things. You don’t need money to be happy, even though who are wealthy and famous and powerful do not feel happiness. Most of the time they feel emptiness. They have that void of wanting more and more and more, not stopping to think and look at what they had amassed or enjoying what they already have.
Doing what you love to do and feeling that what you do matters it makes you feel happy inside. It makes you feel that despite the fatigue you feel from hours and hours of work, you are appreciated. Appreciation goes a long way for people and so does making them feel that what they do matters even if those things are just the littlest of things.
Nowadays, people seldom show appreciation. A “good job” and a pat at the back is as rare as a Polar Bear. We all take people, things, places, events for granted and with it we take away the happiness that we could have given with a kind word or gesture, a nod of approval.
When you are confronted with something like that, a dilemma of feeling under-appreciated, you start to wonder. Below is a little anecdote that I wish to share with you all, along with the aforementioned quotation and Bible verse:
An English newspaper once posted this question to its readers: ‘Who are the happiest people on earth?’ These were selected as the four prize-winning answers:
- A craftsman or artist whistling over a job well done.
- A little child building sand castles.
- A mother, after a busy day, bathing her baby.
- A doctor who has finished a difficult and dangerous operation, and saved a human life.
Notice that none of these four were millionaires, leaders of nations, or those who have achieved a high rank. True fun in life is found in the course of normal daily events that give a sense of accomplishment and meaning. As 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 dinosaur 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.’