Borrowed from philosopher John Locke, Thomas J. hit the mark when he penned these famous words. “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”
But, who knew the” pursuit” part would be so darn hard?
In the 2006 movie, “The Pursuit of Happiness,” Chris Gardner (played by Will Smith), laments the pursuit of the ever-distant, and seemingly unattainable, happiness. A hard-up salesman, Gardner finds himself raising his two year old son alone on the streets on San Francisco, bouncing between homeless shelters and subway station restrooms. If you haven’t seen the movie, it is quite a tear-jerker, as Gardner spends most of the movie, in the pursuit of happiness.
Apparently, we all do.
In a recent Newsweek article, 8 out of 10 Americans claim to think about their happiness at least once a week. However, according to Eric Weiner, author of the new book, “The Geography of Bliss,” America is far from being the happiest country on Earth. In fact. We are 23rd
You can read Eric’s book, as I hope to soon, to discover the secrets some countries already know. Countries like Denmark, Switzerland, Holland, and Iceland (I’m seeing a chilly pattern here) are among the happiest, while some sources place Britain at # 41, Italy at # 50, and France at # 62!
Just to help you through the day, here’s a little thought to keep you smiling.
Ain’t got no cash,
Ain’t got no style
Ain’t got no girl to make you smile
But don’t worry
Cause when you worry
Your face will frown
And that will bring everybody down
So don’t worry,
So, how about you? Do you think you are happy, and if so, where do you live?