The Happiest Man I Know — Feb 13, 2014

John is a friend of mine. He’s a handyman. He installed my dishwasher. He’s single because he’s set in his ways. But he’s the happiest man I know. He plays hockey four nights a week and is always smiling. Here John shares some of his secrets.
(Editor’s Note: Although I am very sympathetic, these beliefs are uniquely John’s, not mine. I’d like to hear about the happy people you know or your secret to happiness. )
” I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by a conscious endeavour. It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue, and so to make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which we look, which morally we can do. To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.” Henry David Thoreau

“How to Stay Happy in a Mad World”

by John Bilyk — (

Thankfully, life is largely a mind game. We live in our heads. And because of this, we can create our own reality.
Life literally is what we make it. I tell myself I’m a super nice billionaire that just happens to like the simple things in life. I walk through the park and tell myself that I own it. I have the gardeners cut the grass, and I even had a trail built just for me.
I’m such a nice guy though that I share my land freely with everybody. As a thank you, they wanted to build a statue of me but I told them no.  How would life be different if it were true?
The power to this lies in non materialism. Saying no to things. Being content with what you have. Living a simple life. Not wanting the fancy car or phone. Not wanting the trip to Hawaii. Not wanting fame, fortune or even love. Not wanting. Just accept things for the way they are. Most things are over rated anyways.

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