Being Happy Is Simple and Easy by John Cali and Spirit

To find inner contentment and plenitude, snug yourself in the comfort of gratitude. ~ Amit Sood, MD

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Do you believe our title? Is being happy really simple and easy? Is the key to happiness, as Dr. Sood says, as simple as practicing gratitude? Is happiness your birthright as a child of God?

US President Abraham Lincoln put it this way:
“A man is about as happy as he makes up his mind to be.”
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Chasing Happiness by John Cali and Spirit

The pursuit of happiness is a most ridiculous phrase; if you pursue happiness you’ll never find it. ~ C. P. Snow

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Happiness is an elusive pipe dream for so many. But that is completely the opposite of our natural state—which is happiness, peace, love, joy in every aspect of our earthly lives.

We were born happy. Did you ever see a depressed or unhappy baby or young child? These young ones still remember where they came from and who they are.Read more

How Do You Feel When Someone Criticizes You? by John Cali

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I had a chance—two chances, in fact—to answer that question recently. The answer in both cases was “Not very good.”

I generally respond to criticism kindly, even if the critic is not being kind. Within this past month two people have harshly criticized my spiritual work, and me personally.

The first I had never met and did not know. In fact, she obviously knew nothing about my work. Except one thing—she didn’t like it.

The other was a formerly close friend who’d enthusiastically supported my work for many years.Read more

How Can Anyone Be Happy In This Confusing, Chaotic World? by John Cali

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Many of us measure happiness by external criteria—how much money we have, what kind of house we live in, how many friends we have, etc. But those things can, and will, change. Then we’re unhappy.

The money, the house, the friends—those are the “reasons” we use to be happy. But they are never the cause of our happiness. So what is the real cause of happiness?

US President Abraham Lincoln said “A man is about as happy as he makes up his mind to be.”Read more

Are You Happy? by John Cali

Spirit and I have talked about happiness many times over the years. Although they and I firmly believe we were meant to be happy in this lifetime, no matter what our circumstances, I know so few truly happy people. Often that’s because they look for happiness where they will never find it.

Today I want to share with you some of my favorite happiness quotations:

  • Remember happiness doesn’t depend upon who you are or what you have; it depends solely on what you think.

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Happiness Is a Choice by John Cali

US President Abraham Lincoln once said “A man is about as happy as he makes up his mind to be.”

Do you believe that?

We’ve talked about this subject publicly and privately many times over the years. I agree with President Lincoln. But not everyone does.

This past week has been one of our busier ones around here. So we’re revisiting an article on happiness we published several years ago.… Read more

Happiness Revisited by John Cali

A few weeks ago I received a rather harshly worded email criticizing what Spirit and I have said about human happiness over the years.

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Here’s part of the email, just as I received it:

“This is all bullshit John. What you are spreading is under-baked understanding. Thought and continuous happiness cannot go together.”

I’ve received similar comments in the past. It still surprises me so many folks think happiness in this lifetime is a near-impossible dream. Certainly, “continuous happiness” is not most people’s experience.… Read more