Even though this book was published over a hundred years ago, (1895), it still is pertinent for us today in our daily lives. There is a lot of good information in this short book, (108 pages). Although, in the last chapter there are examples of people who lived long and happy lives, it is left up to each ...
Even though this book was published over a hundred years ago, (1895), it still is pertinent for us today in our daily lives. There is a lot of good information in this short book, (108 pages). Although, in the last chapter there are examples of people who lived long and happy lives, it is left up to each reader to believe the truth of these stories. (Editor)
The Publisher has copy-edited this book to improve the formatting, style and accuracy of the text to make it readable. This did not involve changing the substance of the text.
Happiness Should Be Systematically Pursued ---- Happiness Derived From Books ---- Cheerfulness ---- The Pleasures Of Duty ---- Tranquility Of Mind ---- Competence ---- Means Of Acquiring And Preserving Health ---- Lives Of Centenarians
.....No matter how many of the pleasures of life we enjoy, or how rich and elevated we may be, a nameless something is always wanting to our imperfect fortune. All desire money. But "a wise man will desire no more than he may get justly, use soberly, distribute cheerfully, and leave contentedly."
.....Cheerfulness and equanimity are about the only traits that have invariably marked the life of those who have lived to extreme old age. Nothing is more clearly settled by experience than that grief acts as a slow poison, not only in the immediate infliction of pain, but in gradually impairing the powers of life, and in subtracting from he sum of our days.
.....The imaginary ills of life are more troublesome than those which are real. One of the chief secrets of happiness lies in not suffering trifles to vex us, and in prudently cultivating the small pleasures of life, since great ones are so rare.
.....Sadness is unnatural; cheerfulness natural. Ruskin says: "Cheerfulness is as natural to the heart of a man in strong health, as color to his cheek; and whenever there is habitual gloom, there must be either bad air, unwholesome food, improperly severe labor, or erring habits of life."
.....There is no nobler word in the English language than duty. Without the performance of duty, there can be no happiness. We can face or fly from every evil, except the consciousness of duty unperformed.
.....The author is inclined to believe that people who lead sedentary lives, sit too much. Many of the greatest writers did their work standing at a desk. Longfellow and Victor Hugo, always wrote in this way.
.....It is an excellent plan, also, to read while walking up and down the room, and much more can be learned in this way than sitting sleepily in a chair. But when a man does sit, he should, at all events, sit erect with his back to the light, and a full and free projection of the breast.