Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it.



«Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it.»

— Fyodor Dostoevsky


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4 thoughts on “Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it.

  1. That’s a basic behavior in the school of Buddhism that I practice (Nichiren Buddhism.) We do our best not to complain about things we do not have, people we do not like, what our lives would be like if only….. we try to focus on the positives of our lives, and believe that we create our own happiness or unhappiness. If you spend your life focusing only on what might have, could have or should have been, you will make yourself miserable. If you focus instead on what you do have in your life, what you have accomplished despite the odds, and remain compassionate and respectful of the inherent dignity of life, you will find that you actually have quite a lot. And, that is what we believe will make us happy as human beings; not just the passing happiness of acquiring a new car, or house, or job. These are fleeting. What we strive for is the unshakable happiness of someone who knows they have everything they need to be.

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