Tuesday, January 31, 2012

You Are God's Best Idea! Daily Epigram for: January 31, 2012

"To live happily ever after requires you put happiness before
every after."-Douglas Holzmeier

The pursuit of happiness is a joyful journey when there’s a YOU turn.

Happiness is found in happiness as much as orange juice is found in oranges. You can have your fancy tickled but the happiness you feel is a divine attribute that is always there. How much of this divinity you allow to surface is the God that people you meet are faced with.

Early in my radio career my boss stopped me in the hall and said I could do a lot for my reputation if I’d smile every once and while.

"It isn't that our calls for help are not answered - we’re just too
busy hanging up on happiness to say hello."-Douglas Holzmeier

There have been numerous “happiness” research studies done over the years and without exception – it is the monetarily poorest countries that have the happiest people. The University of Michigan - which has been conducting research of this kind for over 20 years – rated the Top 5 happiest countries a few years ago in this order:

1. Nigeria
2. Mexico
3. Venezuela
4. El Salvador
5. Puerto Rico

The researches ask two questions: How happy are you? – and - How how satisfied are you? When the scores of the two questions are added together it generates a “Subjective well-being” score. The Top 5 ranked countries for subjective well-being were:

1. Puerto Rico
2. Mexico
3. Denmark
4. Colombia
5. Ireland

If you are wondering where the United State ranks – we’re #15 – just behind Luxemburg and just ahead of Australia. Interestingly – the Nigerian people – who were the happiest people surveyed - only ranked #19 on the subjective well-being rankings. The take away is in the emotion of satisfaction – which is not a divine attribute.

This is so key to understanding Truth. The Nigerian people are very happy – yet not satisfied – and why should they? At the time this particular survey was done, Nigeria was the second poorest nation in the world. Don’t confuse true happiness -which you inherently are - and outer satisfaction. Many of our maladies come for the pursuit of satisfaction – not happiness. When in a lower vibration of consciousness we eat to satisfy – escape to satisfy – scheme to satisfy – hurt to satisfy. We’re mixing our emotions and it is a detriment to our happiness and well-being.

When people strive and struggle – scratch and claw to obtain material things and recognition - it is to satisfy a void that should be filled with a natural state of happiness – joy - and even – bliss! But bliss is not something you purchase – it only comes with the fulfillment of purpose.

Your life is made up of over 200 million moments. Moment by moment we can choose happiness regardless of circumstances. We can be who we are – divine. Happiness isn’t always followed by a dance and a jig – or a whoot and a grin. Happiness is a knowing that all is well even when so much seems invalid.

Happiness is an understanding that even our greatest sorrows were preceded by joy and are followed by blessings - if we allow heartbreak clear passage.

Pursue the true you. You’ll be happy you did – after all.

You Are God's Best Idea!

~Douglas Holzmeier

Author of You Are God's Best Idea! Divine Acceptations and Living the Undeniable Life! (Balboa Press/Hay House)

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