Wisdom from Marci Shimoff

I was 41 years old, stretched out on a lounge chair by my pool and reflecting on my life. I had achieved all that I thought I needed to be happy.

You see when I was a child, I imagined there were five main things that ensured a happy life: a successful career that helped people, a loving husband, a comfortable home, a great body, and a wonderful circle of friends. After years of study, hard work, and a few “lucky breaks,” I finally had them all. (Okay, so my body didn’t quite look like Halle Berry’s—four out of five isn’t bad!) You think I’d have been on the top of the world.

But surprisingly I wasn’t. I felt an emptiness inside that the outer successes of life couldn’t fill. I was also afraid that if I lost any of those things, I might be miserable. Sadly, I knew I wasn’t alone in feeling this way.

While happiness is the one thing that we all truly want, so few people really experience the deep and lasting fulfillment that feeds our soul. Our Founding Fathers even guaranteed us the right to pursue happiness, so why aren’t we finding it?

Because we’re looking for happiness, in the words of the old country western song, in “all the wrong places”….Continue reading at InspireMeToday.com.

Marci is an international transformational leader, the co-author of two Chicken Soup for the Soul books, and the author of Happy for No Reason.

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20 comments

Heather M
Heather Marv3 years ago

Yes Gloria D, the void that was made by God to be filled by Him alone and nothing else satisfies.

Nancy H.
Nancy H.3 years ago

There's no happiness without making life better for other lives, whether human or animal.

Sheri P.
Sheri P.3 years ago

ahhh, the ever-elusive happiness...

Gloria D.
Gloria Diaz3 years ago

You can feed your body, but our soul and spirit cant be full with material things, we r connected to our God and the lack of that connection is what make us miserable!

Magdalen B.
Magdalenb B.3 years ago

What lovely flowers. I've not seen them before.

John B.
John B.3 years ago

Thanks Gail for the excerpt and the link to the full article.

Thorn Briar
Past Member 3 years ago

Thanks for sharing

Nicole Weber
Nicole W.3 years ago

thank you

Elsie Hovav
Elsie Hovav3 years ago

Different things to different people - thats what happiness is. From some song in my head!
I like to think that I am a happy person and just loved reading this article. Thank you

Cheryl I.
Past Member 3 years ago

Noted, thank you.