A Kabaleyan’s Thoughts…

Key to Happiness


By S. Bill Jimenez


“GRANDPA, what is the key to happiness?”  I was caught off guard by this question from my grandson, Jordan, who was then twelve years old.

I was picking him up from school one afternoon when, as soon as he was seated in my car and kissed my hand, he surprised me with that question.

After thinking for sometime, I finally said: “Good question.  I think the key to happiness is love.”  The apostle Paul wrote that the greatest virtue is love (1 Cor. 13:13).  So, if love is the greatest virtue and the greatest commandment, then love is the key to happiness.

George Sand observed: “There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved.”  This was echoed by Dr. Joyce Brothers, who said: “I don’t think you can be happy without some love in your life.”  Karl Menninger also observed: “Love is an element which binds and heals, which comforts and restores, which works what we must call–for now– miracles.”

Likewise, Charles Dickens wrote: “A loving heart is the truest wisdom.” As key to happiness, “Love never fails” (1 Cor. 13:4).

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