To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness. (Bertrand Russell, British philosopher)

Russell’s idea may seem strange at first reading. After all, a lot of people seem to be accumulating more and more “things,” thinking that more will bring greater happiness. Learning to do without, however, is a great lesson in what is truly essential for contentment in the rushing life of the 21st century. Genuine happiness is to be found beyond the “things” we possess.

What sorrow awaits you who are rich, for you have your only happiness now. (Luke 6:24)

Make me walk along the path of your commands [oh, God], for that is where my happiness is found. (Psalm 119:35)