The Road To Hapiness!

What will it take for you to be happy?

Benjamin Franklin pointed out that, "The U.S. Constitution doesn't guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up to it yourself."

A lot of us pin our happiness to external factors...if only we had more money...or a better house...or whatever your latest "want" is, but your happiness has been...and always will be... right inside yourself.

That concept is liberating because it finally puts you in charge of your own happiness. That's why I'm excited about the latest book that BJ Gallagher and I teamed up to write, The Road to Happiness. Many of you are familiar with the special "touch" that BJ brings to her books through her stories and her original poetry.

An excerpt from:

The Road to Happiness:

by Mac Anderson and BJ Gallagher:

When I travel on business, I like to talk to the taxi drivers who take me from the airport to my hotel, or to a convention center, or to a restaurant. Taxi drivers are often immigrants with interesting personal histories and unusual cultural backgrounds. I ask them how long they've been in America, how they chose which city to live in, and what they like best about where they live. Of course, I also ask them for advice on good local restaurants and any special attractions they'd recommend to a visitor. I've had some great experiences on my travels, thanks to the advice of taxi drivers!

On one trip about ten years ago, I was making conversation with the taxi driver, asking him my usual questions about how he came to live where he lived. Then I asked him a hypothetical question: "If you could live anywhere in the world—and if money was no object—where would you live?"

Without hesitating even for a second, he replied, "I live in my heart. So it really doesn't matter where my body lives. If I am happy inside, then I live in paradise, no matter where my residence is."

I felt humbled and a little foolish for my question. Of course he was right—happiness is an inside job. He had reminded me of something I already knew, but had forgotten. If you can't find happiness inside yourself, you'll never find it in the outside world, no matter where you move. Wherever you go, there you are. You take yourself with you.

I am grateful for the wisdom of that taxi driver. And I'm grateful for all the wisdom others have shared with me about how to be happy.

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  • Top Commentor

    I have traveled and lived all over America. In each place I was happy. When happiness is internal places don't matter. This is not to say life is without turmoil, it too can happen anywhere. When happiness is within no matter what happens it is easier to handle. It has not always been this way for me. It took a learning curve, and even then there are times I forgot. Now I love what I do   

  • Nice one Tommy.  Love the statment from the taxi driver and when you think about it, it is so true.  Thanks

  • Top Member

    Tommy great minds think a like. I just saw this and thought about sharing it here. It's wonderful that you did. Be blessed my friend. I will share it out to the universe for more to see. It's good to see you here today. Have a great weekend.

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