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The Secret to Happiness

I remember the first time that I was deliriously happy. I think I was either 8 or 9 years old when for the first time, there was a computer in the classroom. I remember that my teacher allowed each student to take turns playing various educational games on the computer. One day, I found the source code for one of these games. Without knowing or being taught any programming language, I was able to figure out some portions of the BASIC code. The first code change that I did was when I changed a line from something like this:

number_of_lives = number_of_lives - 1

To something like this:

number_of_lives = number_of_lives - 0

Anyone who knows a little bit of programming can tell you that I just gave myself infinite number of lives in the game, so I could continue playing forever. This was also my first introduction to algebra, and I did not even know it at the time. This was a defining moment in my life. For the first time that I can remember, I was quite happy because of what I was learning and what I was able to do. As a result, I became enthusiastic for the rest of my life with self learning and computers, and I was quite happy doing them too.

Iíve noticed that people who are truly content with life are enthusiastic with what they do. This enthusiasm, along with good health, is the key to being happy. It also leads to self confidence and fulfillment in life too. It may also lead to success, wealth, and achievements.

However, it is not success, wealth, or achievements that make people happy. I know plenty of rich people who are unhappy. I know several people with successful businesses that are not happy with what they are doing. I know people who continuously buy themselves new toys, such as cars, computers, and televisions, yet never seem content for too long.

Please remember that enthusiasm and good health are the two most important factors in finding happiness. Happiness is the journey of life, not the destination.

I hope this article helps motivate people to find and do what excites them; because everyone wants to be happy, yet few of us appear to be truly happy.

by Phil for Humanity
on 06/06/2007

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