“The grand essentials to happiness in this life are Something To Do, Something To Love, and Something to Hope for.”- George Washington Burnap
I love George’s essentials to Happiness. I agree with him 100%. According to him, people are happy when they have these 3 things:
1. Something to Do.
Whenever my mom comes to visit us (my family or my sisters’), she is always “on the move”. She cooks for us, she feeds my daughter, she does whatever household chore she could do in our home and I don’t stop her- okay, I help her instead :). Why do I allow her to do the things she does? Because it makes her happy to do so.
The reason is obvious. When we have something to do, we have a purpose. It gives us the feeling that we are useful and needed. It gives us a sense of fulfillment.
2. Someone to Love.
Show me a person in a healthy loving relationship and I’ll show you a happy person. Show me someone who lives selfishly alone and I’ll show you one miserable being.
Everybody needs to love and be loved. That is how we are designed by our Creator. The fish is designed to live in the water- take it from the water and it dies. A bird is designed to fly in the air. Put it in the water and it dies. When God created man, He said that “it is not good for man to be alone.” (Genesis 2:18). We are designed to be with someone to share the gift of love. Take love away from us and we die too.
3. Something to Hope for.
If we have something to look forward to everyday, it excites us. For some, it gives them a sense of direction in life- a goal to strive for.
It is lonely when life is just a pattern of “waking up- eating- going to work- going home- sleeping”… Surely there must be something more about life that we could hope for.
So my dear friends, if you want to live happier, you know what to look for. They are definitely out there somewhere for us to discover! 🙂