While looking up the meaning of happiness, my brother happened to have a dictionary dated 1912, to this date means it is over 100 years old. It is called the ‘New Websterian 1912 Dictionary’. Based upon the unabridged dictionary of Noah Webster, LL.D.
The meaning of happiness in this dictionary is: The state of being happy; good fortune; felicitousness. There is also a meaning of, happify, didn’t really know it was a word, but it says: to make cheerful and happy.
What Good Is It To Have Everything If You’re Not Happy?
I think people have lost perspective of what true happiness is. People keep thinking, If I would just loose some weight I would be happy, If I could make more money I would be happy, If I was rich I would be happy, If I had better health, I would be happy. If I wouldn’t have gotten cancer, I would be happy! I could go on and on with different reasons of what people think they need or don’t need, in order to be happy.
Right now we live in an age of convenience. We have more conveniences than our ancestors could ever even dream of having. We have trains, planes, and fast automobiles. We have cell phones, and computers, at the touch of a button we can communicate with any one in the world. Yet with all these conveniences more people are unhappy and miserable today than a hundred years ago.
People are getting so caught up with chasing after the next big buck, with being rich that they forget the true meaning of a happy life.
Here’s a few of my favorite happy quotes:
Jumping for Joy is good exercise! ‘Unknown’
If you want to be happy, be. ‘Leo Tolstoy’
The best way to cheer yourself up, is to try to cheer somebody else up. ‘Mark Twain’
Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. ‘Abraham Lincoln’
We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have. ‘Frederick Keonig’
A truly happy person is one that can enjoy the scenery while on a detour. ‘Unknown’
Cheerfulness is what greases the axles of the world. Don’t go through life creaking. ‘H.W. Byles’
Happiness always looks small while you hold it in your hands, but let it go, and you learn at once how precious it is. ‘Maxim Gorky’
For every minute you are angry, you lose sixty seconds of happiness! ‘Unknown’
All seasons are beautiful for the person who carries happiness within. ‘Horace Friess’
Happiness cannot come from without. It must come from within. It is not what we see and touch or that which others do for us which makes us happy; it is that which we think and feel and do, first for the other fellow and then for ourselves. ‘Helen Keller’
Everyone has a different meaning of happiness in their life. I believe what Helen Keller quotes, Happy is that which we think and feel and do! So no matter what life throws at you, think good thoughts, so you feel good and in turn will do good things!