The Hundred Blessings
Health, Happiness, Success, and Moral
Spiritual Development through Cheerfulness
Health Value of Cheerfulness
strengthens and tranquillizes the nervous system. It contributes to better
circulation of blood, increases vitality and lengthens the span of life.
Cheerfulness not only grants better health, but also makes one physically
attractive and magnetic. Therefore, be always cheerful.
Moral Value of Cheerfulness
Cheerfulness engenders a number
of moral qualities in daily conduct of our life. A cheerful person has an
understanding, forgiving, loving, nature. He shows more power of endurance
and tolerance than others. Therefore, in all circumstances of life, remain
Economic Value of Cheerfulness
Cheerfulness helps you execute
your work with less fatigue and more confidence. You turn out more work,
and more efficiently, than your most industrious but cheerless companion.
The earnings improve, and you can look forward to promotion to a higher
office. Therefore, be always cheerful.
Mental Value of Cheerfulness
Cheerfulness brightens the mind,
renders the intelligence luminous and adds a sparkle to the eye. For this
reason, remain cheerful always.
Social Value of Cheerfulness
We feel happy, hopeful,
encouraged and bright in the presence of a cheerful person. A cheerful
person has a pleasing and graceful behaviour and everybody likes to
associate oneself with him.
Cheerfulness is a social asset.
It is contagious and without it, life would be a boredom and a burden. A
cheerful person is welcome everywhere, and makes many friends. At the very
first sight he endears himself to all strangers.
The dignity of a person consists
in his capacity to hold permanently in control the mood of the moment and
to express cheerfulness.
As the leaves breathe in, during
the day, the poisonous carbondioxide, and breathe out the life-saving
oxygen, a cheerful person takes in all the difficulties of life, and
transmutes them into the strength that conquers, the peace that triumphs,
and breathes out through his eyes and personality the life-warming
sunshine of happiness and smiles.
Spiritual Value of Cheerfulness
A cheerful person takes a happy
heart into meditation or prayer, and comes back with the sunshine and
smiles of the highest divine Consciousness. Such a person has the faith
that the Divine, with whom he is in communion, by meditation and constant
remembrance, will clear all difficulties, and help overcome all trials of
life. Such a person is happy in the thought that however great be the
problems, they are too fleeting to deserve much attention.
The cheerfulness of the inner
heart, increases the Love for the divine Truth, and promotes
self-surrender to the infinite Wisdom and Peace. Cheerfulness aids
concentrations and grants a deeper and more fruitful meditation.
God is Delight. And, cheerfulness
is a grand help to God-Experience.
If for nothing, at least for its
therapeutic, social and spiritual value and effects, one should remain
cheerful in all conditions of life. Such a state of inner being, grants
unusual, moral, mental and spiritual strength. Hundred are the blessings
of the cheerfulness you manifest in daily life.
Smile, smile all the time. Smile in Love. Smile
in Patience. Smile in Knowledge. Smile in Goodness. Smile in self-control
and perseverance. Smile where smiles are impossible for human hearts.
Smile at all times, in all circumstances; smile in the broad
all-fulfilling, all-calm, all-conquering Love and Light of the Experience
of God's Omnipresence and Omnipotence.
- Swami Omkarananda