“Happiness comes when your work and words are of benefit to yourself and others.”
-Teachings of Buddha
I really like this quote because it does seem to capture the fundamental quality of what “happiness” is. It also reminds me of how essential balance is for true happiness. We need to be mindful of what is beneficial to ourselves, as well as what is beneficial to others. We can not either become so focused on ourselves that we forget about others, nor can we become so dedicated to others that we forget about ourselves. Neither extreme will result in happiness.
I also like this quote because I love to think that it is our words (along with our actions) that can bring happiness. As writers, we write because it makes us happy to do so. As writers, we can strive to make others happy as well.