Some children say only adults are happy. Some adults say only children are happy. If we don’t learn to laugh at our troubles when we are young, we won’t have anything to laugh at when we grow old.

Some of the unfortunate people living among us say… only the dead are happy. These people are probably the ones who prompted Martin Luther King to say, “If you’re not allowed to be happy in heaven, I don’t want to go there.

Finally, there are a fortunate few among us who need no external stimulation to be happy. We achieve it as a result of a good conscience, good health, gratifying work and freedom in our just pursuits. We therefore define happiness as being independent of society, because we create our own happiness from within.

Excerpt from an essay by Dr. Meyer M. Marvald, (rabbi, psychologist)

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