The highest happiness must always come from using the best thing in us. If you take an inventory of yourself at the very outset of your career, you will find that you think you are going to find happiness in finances, things, or in conditions.
Many people think they are going to find the main part of their happiness in money, what money will buy or what it will give them in the way of power, influence, comforts, and luxuries. They think they are going to find a great deal of their happiness in marriage. How quickly they find that the best happiness they will ever know is that which must be limited to their own capacity for enjoyment, that their happiness cannot come from anything outside of them but must be developed from within. Controlling your finances can add to your happiness.
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Many people believe they are going to find much of their happiness in books, in travel, in leisure, in freedom from the thousand and one anxieties and cares and worries of business; but the moment they get in the position where they thought they would have freedom many other things come up in their minds and cut off much of the expected joy. When they get money and leisure they often find that they are idle and growing selfish, which cuts off a lot of their happiness.
No person able to work can be idle without feeling a sense of guilt at not doing their part in the world. Idleness is the last place to look for happiness. Idleness is like a stagnant pool. The moment the water ceases to flow, to work, to do something, all sorts of vermin and hideous creatures develop in it. It becomes torpid and unhealthy giving out gloom and repulsive odors.
In the same way some meaningful involvement is the only thing that will keep a person healthy and wholesome. An idle brain very quickly breeds impurities.
The married couple quickly learns that their domestic happiness depends upon what they both contribute to the partnership, that they cannot take out a great deal without putting a great deal in, for selfishness always reaps a mean, shameful harvest. It is only the generous giver who gets much.
There is nothing which will constrict the capacity for happiness as selfishness. It is always a fatal blighter, blaster, and disappointer. We must give to get, we must be great before we can get great enjoyment; great in our motive, grand in our endeavor, sublime in our ideas.
To be really happy a person a person should be good, honest, and true. This does not mean that a person is happy because he does not smoke, drink, gamble, use profane language or does not do other vicious things.
Some of the meanest, narrowest, most contemptible people in the world do none of these things but they are uncharitable, jealous, envious, and revengeful. They stab you in the back, slander you, and cheat you. They may be cunning, underhanded, and yet have a fairly good standing in the church. Selfishness is a fatal enemy of happiness.
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