An old man lived in a village. He was one of the most unfortunate people in the world. The whole village was tired of him; he was always gloomy, constantly complained and was always in a bad mood. The longer he lived, the more poisonous were his words. People avoided him, because his misfortune became contagious. It was even unnatural and insulting to be happy next to him. He created a feeling of unhappiness in others.
But the day he turned eighty, an incredible thing happened. Instantly everyone heard the rumour: “The old man is happy today, he isn’t complaining about anything, is all smiles, and even his face has freshened up”. The whole village gathered together. The old man was asked:
– What happened to you?
– Nothing special, he answered. For eighty years I’ve been chasing happiness, and it was useless. And then I decided to live without happiness and just enjoy life. That’s why I’m happy now.
~ Author unknown
" Happiness 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