Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN


April 26, 2014

Dr. Michael Layne: Happiness

“Since happiness is nothing other than the enjoyment of the highest good, and since the highest good is above, no one can be happy unless he rises above himself, not by an ascent of the body, but of the heart. “

– St. Bonaventure

What does it take to make you happy? Money, relationships, possessions? What about your spiritual life? Are you happy with your spiritual connection with God?

I remember certain Christmas mornings as a child. We lived in a colonial-style two story brick house in Champaign County, Ohio on Dog Leg Road.

There was a reason why they named it “Dog Leg;” it was as crooked as a dog’s hind leg.

Christmas Eve meant we left the Christmas tree lights on all night. After all, Santa needed a little light to find the Christmas tree. I remember how difficult it was to get to sleep, but finally I would close my eyes and it was just amazing how that the next morning there would be gifts under that tree.

That year I got a red wagon and it was filled with small gifts. It was always a great season during my childhood. There was a lot of happiness during the holidays. The house was filled with aromas of baked goods, holiday scents and always a bowl of mixed nuts with a hammer laying close by.

All of the holiday gifts, aromas and decorations are temporary at best. They leave us with memories, but also temporary happiness at the time.

To be sure, there were some very happy times but, those happy times, as great as they are, are only a part of the circle of happiness. For me, the circle is only completed when my spiritual life is also in tune with the Lord God.

If you are not experiencing happiness at it’s fullest, take an inventory of your life, which includes relationships, finances, career/work, spiritual life and your health.

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