Webster’s definition of happiness is: 1: good fortune: prosperity 2: a: a state of well-being and contentment: joy b: pleasurable satisfaction.
The first definition, “good fortune: prosperity” contradicts everything I was taught as a child; i.e. money doesn’t bring happiness. The second definition more aptly matches my value system; i.e. contentment and well-being come from being loved, wanted, valued, trusted and respected, along with basic needs of food, clothing and shelter.
The people I met in Tanzania are not prosperous by any definition, but they are indeed happy in terms of contentment and well-being. They have very little but are thankful for it and willingly share it.
Thought for the Day: Happiness is a place between too much and too little. Finnish Proverb