STOP AND THINK – Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them. (Leo Tolstoy, 19th & 20th century Russian writer and philosopher)

So many people are looking outside themselves to find happiness. They try entertainment, look to other people or the accumulation of things—and most often are disappointed. Tolstoy doesn’t advise such people to look into themselves (which might be good advice), but that they should take another look at things. Our perspective certainly affects our view of things.

Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. (Proverbs 4:25-26)