5 Thoughts on Happiness From A Founding Father

5 Thoughts on Happiness From A Founding Father
5 Thoughts on Happiness From A Founding Father

Thanks to The Declaration of Independence most people reading HappierDaily enjoy the rights to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness… But what exactly does that mean?

A little background…

When the Declaration was written, the definition of happiness was closely aligned with prosperity and well-being. There is continued debate about what happiness meant back when the Declaration was written, but Benjamin Franklin, a founding father, most likely drew inspiration from his Epicurean background.

Franklin’s philosophy was centered around seeking simple pleasures in life to essentially make life simpler, easier, and happier.

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The U. S. Constitution doesn’t guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself.

– Benjamin Franklin

Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. There is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of its filling a vacuum, it makes one.

– Benjamin Franklin

It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man who is the miserable man.

– Benjamin Franklin

Happiness consists more in small conveniences of pleasures that occur every day, than in great pieces of good fortune that happen but seldom to a man in the course of his life.

– Benjamin Franklin

There are two ways of being happy: We must either diminish our wants or augment our means – either may do – the result is the same and it is for each man to decide for himself and to do that which happens to be easier.

– Benjamin Franklin