|1. Happiness is another term for inner
2. One achieves inner peace through harmony
between what one does and what one believes.
3. Thus while outer events might make one
happy or sad, happiness itself is entirely internal, and at all times
completely within one's power.
4. This does not mean, however, that
happiness is easy. It requires wisdom, discipline, and
5. Wisdom comes slowly, through the
scrupulous pursuit of truth over time. Thus what one believes is never
certain, but can always be sincere.
6. Discipline enables one to acquire habits
in tune with one's beliefs. Behavior flows from character, which, like a
mansion, is built of thousands of details, or acts, each judged not only
for itself but for its contribution to the whole.
7. Love is the choice to open one's arms to
life, enabling one to embrace imperfection. From it flow empathy,
compassion, generosity, and acceptance. The opposite of love is
8. To be happy, one must love oneself as well
9. Because inner peace or harmony is never
perfect, happiness is never achieved, and is always a question of more or
10. The inner and outer worlds are mirrors.
How one shapes one's inner world through will shapes one's perception of
the outer world. Thus an unhappy person is likely to perceive a world of
lust, greed, and lies, whereas a happy one is likely to perceive a world
of people struggling in the grip of love.