Expecting Happiness

People will disappoint us.  This is part of life.  Sometimes it will be the people we know and trust.  Other times it will be people we have never met, but in whom we had some degree of hope, faith, or confidence.  The common factor is expectation.  The greater our expectations, the more we have the…

Worthy Of A Good Life

There is no prize for being the most cynical person in the room.  No one is going to celebrate us because of our unhappiness, especially when it is self-imposed.  People do not think more highly of us when we play the victim, complain, or criticize others over and over again. We will not be remembered…

Healthy Giving

The things that make others happy may not be the things that make us happy.  As long as the things that make us happy are not overtly selfish, destructive, or harmful, this is perfectly alright. While being helpful, useful, and generous is necessary if we want to lead meaningful, fulfilling lives, we are not expected…

Conducive To Peace

While we should try to create circumstances in our lives that are conducive to peace, this will likely prove to be impossible.  We cannot control everyone and everything.  Life and the people around us will never fully cooperate with our plans.  Beyond that, we, ourselves, may not actually know what conditions will bring peace to…