How to be happy though human

If we want to know what happiness is, we must seek it – not as if it were a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, but among human beings who are living richly and fully the good life.

If you observe a really happy man you will find him building a boat, writing a symphony, educating his son, growing double Dahlias in his garden.

He will not be searching for happiness as if it were a collar gold button that has rolled under the cupboard in his bedroom. He will have become aware that he is happy in the course of living 24 crowded hours of the day.

If you live only for yourself you are always an immediate danger of being bored to death with the repetition of your own views and interests.

No one has learned the meaning of living until he has surrendered his ego to the service of his fellow man.

If your ambition has the momentum of an express train at full speed, if you can no longer stop your mad rush for glory, power, or intellectual supremacy, try to divert your energies into socially useful channels before it is too late.

For those who seek the larger happiness and greater effectiveness open to human beings there can be but one philosophy of life, a philosophy of constructive altruism.

The truly happy man is always a fighting optimist. Optimism includes not only altruism but also social responsibility, social courage, and objectivity. The good life demands a working philosophy as an orientating map of conduct. This is the golden way of life. This is the satisfying life. This is the way to be happy though human.

– Excerpt from the book How to be Happy Though Human, Published in 1932