Listen to episode 456 of the Inspirational Living Podcast: Secrets to the Pursuit of Happiness. Edited and adapted from The Pursuit of Happiness by George Hodges.
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Today’s reading was edited and adapted from The Pursuit of Happiness by George Hodges, published in 1906.
Today I would like to talk with you about certain helps to happiness. The first is Determination. And by that I mean the will to be happy — for happiness is largely an interior matter. It is subjective; it does not depend on any particular environment, but depends solely upon our relation to the great currents of life. If we resist, there is friction and distress; if we fling ourselves boldly into the eternal tides, we are swept into every form of beauty and truth.
This does not mean that we should try to attain that sort of contentment which lets the world go by without an effort to change it for the better. When bad conditions may be changed, it is the imperative of all good people to be persistently discontented until they change them.