Smile and be happy

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By Greg Dumas

   So you want to be happy? I’m going to make the assumption that you do and I believe that I’m in pretty good company. Socrates once asked his students, “Do not all men desire happiness?” A student answered him, “There is no one who does not.” Now if Socrates was right, isn’t it reasonable to assume that a responsible person will put some effort into securing those things that will work to create those conditions crucial to ensuring happiness for himself and his family. In the Declaration of Independence, the Founders didn’t treat happiness as some fuzzy concept; they believed that people desired happiness and had the right to pursue it. Along with life and liberty, happiness was the connection between the Creator and our nation’s destiny, and that ability of its citizens to pursue and achieve happiness was a measure of the effectiveness and morality of the state.

Happy people make better citizens and are vital to a strong and healthy nation! Likewise, I believe it is fair to say that happy people are vital to the growth of a local church.

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