Happiness

happy kids

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 DayHappiness is a place between too much and too little.                                                                                                                                     Finnish Proverb

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