The Secret to Happiness

by Neseret on December 6, 2011

033If the only prayer you ever say in your whole life is “thank you,” that would suffice. ~ Meister Eckhart ~

The longer I live the more clear it has become to me that we all have our share of troubles. No one is exempt from having problems and challenges in life. There maybe times when we think things are going really well and that maybe true. However, sooner than later the waves will come crashing in to our so called “perfect” life.

Ultimately we can not avoid this fact of life that there will always be problems to solve and challenges to work through and overcome. To be human is to be on a journey of a continual process of learning and growing.

What is important is to recognize there are as many if not more blessings in our lives as there are problems and challenges. We have so much we can be thankful for just in a run of one day or even one hour. If we look really closely

there is something to be thankful for each and every moment of our lives.

Even if it is being thankful for the very next breath we take.

Sometimes, looking at our so called “problems” we think we have a ‘heavy cross to bear’. I believe this is a tendency most humans share until we hear about what others are going through in their lives. We think we have it so bad until we learn about some of the monsters people are dealing with on a daily basis.

It amazes me when I hear the kinds of things people deal with in their lives. It is inspiring to hear other’s stories. It also gives us perspective on our so called “problems”. Some face physical and health challenges, others are tormented by mental illness, and yet others deal with the pain and heartache of failed, unfulfilling and or destructive relationship. Others battle addictions of all sorts and experience unimaginable inner pain and internal turmoil.

“The secret to happiness is to count your blessings while others are adding up their troubles.”

This is not to minimize any person’s problems or challenges. The truth is that we all get our share of problems and some more than others. Each person’s problems are important to them. That said it is a good thing to look around you sometimes. Often times you’ll realize your problems and challenges are just enough for you to handle them. Somehow everything happens for a reason and there is a purpose for every event in our lives. We may not always see it or understand it right away, but with time we gain perspective.

The secret to happiness is to focus on the positive. It is to pay more attention to all that we can be thankful for in our lives. Sometimes we take for granted the simple things like being able to live in a free country, to have clean water, food, and home. We need to always remember to be thankful for our health if we’re blessed so. Our health is the most important thing we have in life. We can be thankful for nurturing and loving relationships we have. We can always be grateful for the gift of life. We can cherish each day and every moment in our day for we don’t know what tomorrow will bring.

What is your secret to happiness? What brings you joy? What helps you keep perspective? Please take time to share below your thoughts on happiness.

Peace, Love & Gratitude,


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Aniket December 26, 2011 at 7:05 pm

I like the thank you quote you mentioned from Eckhart .


Neseret December 27, 2011 at 12:01 am

Thanks Aniket. It is a beautiful quote and very true to life.

Blessings and Peace,



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