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Talking It Over -- Finding the joys of a simple life

Webster's Dictionary describes happiness as joy, pleasure, or satisfaction, all of which could once be found by living a simple lifestyle.

There are three basic needs to living a simple life style and those are food, clothing and shelter.

However, our way of living today can no longer be described as simple. We now need a means of transportation such as cars, boats, planes, and we need an education. To succeed in today's world you must know how to read, write and compute numbers.

We are living in a tougher age than those who came before us. To be successful and happy, we have to learn how to take care of our "needs" without allowing our "wants" to overpower them. What we need and what we want are usually two different things. If you allow your wants to come first than you are soon in big trouble.

Therefore, I would like to share with you a few quotes from various people on happiness that I ran across. Perhaps they can help us find happiness in our "not so simple" world today.

• "It is not your position that makes you happy or unhappy, but your disposition."

• "If you look for happiness you will probably find it like the person who often misplaces his eyeglasses - right before your eyes."

• "The secret to a happy life is to delight in duty. When duty becomes a delight, then burdens become blessings."

• "Happiness multiplies by division."

• "To find happiness, consider what you owe to the world, not what it owes you."

• "You will not find happiness by simply doing what makes you happy, but by learning to like the things we do."

• "If you don not enjoy what you now have, how can having more make you happier?"

• "If you want to be happy, begin where you are; Don't wait for rapture that's future and far. Start now to be joyous; resolve to be glad; and soon you'll forget that you ever were sad."