My FB friend, Christine, quoted Helen Keller as her facebook status today, which sent me in search of more Helen Keller quotes. Keller had a lot of good things to say.
The quote on Christine's status today is "No one has the right to consume happiness without producing it."
Like gratitude, happiness needs cultivation. I picture a little garden of happiness flowers. Flowers themselves are a short lived part of the plant cycle. Necessary for the production of fruit and reproduction of plants, but short lived themselves. Bees spread their pollen and similarly, when one person creates a happiness, other happinesses can be pollinated. Yet, happiness is fleeting. Happiness might lead to satisfaction, gratitude, peace, comfort, or other emotions, but happiness itself is fleeting, hence our desire to consume it. Yet to consume without producing is selfish. It's very similar to cutting fresh flowers. Although pear blossoms are beautiful, they need to stay on the tree. To cut them and enjoy them indoors takes away the tree's ability to produce fruit. Fruit is much more sustaining than blossoms. Pollen in a house isn't healthy. It makes you sneeze.
I'm going to focus on producing more happiness, won't you join me? What have you done to produce happiness today?