As the ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus said, “Not what we have But what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance.”
How much do you enjoy life? From the third century B.C., Epicurus was an early “bliss seeker.” For him, a tranquil life was characterized by antaraxia–peace and freedom from fear–and aponia–the absence of pain. Although he was known for his theory of hedonism–that pleasure is the only source of intrinsic good–he advocated deriving happiness from friendship and simple intangibles versus lavish material things. Many of his prescriptions for a good life are supported by current research on happiness. So, enjoy life in abundance. Wake up each day grateful for breath itself. Focus your mind on positive memories and outcomes versus worry and past hurt. Laugh often and surround yourself with like-minded people who seek joy and personal growth. Appreciate luxuries but don’t be attached to them. Instead of making happiness conditional on external factors or future events, be content right now with the innate gifts you’ve been given and savor the miracles in everyday moments. Understand that true prosperity is a plenitude of love and a richness of experiences.
Until next time, remember–it’s your divine life, live it to the fullest. The power is in your hands!
With Purpose & Power,
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