A strange looking word when seen in print? An aim of most people in the world yet an almost unattainable desire in an unhappy world.
There are now many ‘experts’ in the ‘happiness business’ promoting this aim, making themselves happy because they are making money out of their lectures and books.
In the UK search for happiness on the web and Ken Dodd will appear high on the list. Laughter and happiness seem to go hand in hand but do they?
Rotarians are no exception when it comes to seeking this elusive state of mind but maybe we can teach you something about this elusive state of mind for nothing!
Paul Harris, our founder, wrote in 1915 -
‘The salutation “A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year” allows one day for Merriment but Three Hundred and Sixty Five for Happiness.
We can stand much more happiness than merriment. Who ever heard of a life too happy?
The American Declaration of Independence proclaimed the inalienable right not only to life and liberty but also to the pursuit of happiness.
Could there have been a higher tribute paid to happiness?
Happiness is to be desired first, last and all of the time. It is the UItima Thule (a distant goal) of all laudable human ambition. I am not speaking of the excitable feverish brand of happiness. I refer to the commonplace, peaceful, even tempered happiness that gets into one early in the morning even before breakfast and stays all day. Happiness is a hallowed word, and might well also be a haloed (having a halo) word, haloed by Rotary’s luminous circle.’