No arguing about it, there’s truth to Luther Vandross’ classic song, “The Best Things In Life Are Free.”
Yes, the best things in life are NOT JUST THNGS – not money, bank accounts, or material possessions. Neither do “best things” progenerate from the carefree praxis of “eat, drink, and be merry”.
The best things in life are FREE – because they are priceless or which money cannot buy. They are God-given, and are all for our taking.
The best things in life constitute the ESSENTIALS in life – or the so called “transcendentals” of truth, beauty, goodness, love, and purpose. And, as Antoine de Saint-Exupery profoundly posited (“The Little Prince”), “Anything essential is invisible to the eyes.” Rightly so, because the best things in life are beholden by the heart.
The best things in life bestow real and LASTING HAPPINESS – by finding meaning and significance who we truly are, what we do, our full potential, and our purpose.
Most importantly, the best things in life are aptly taken care of and cherished “in the hands of God”, the true source of eternal and perfect happiness.
Culled from an article, “Here’s Proof The Best Things In Life Are Free” by Lindsay Holmes, posted on huffpost.com (American progressive news website), the following are seven riches or free best things in life:
1. Hugs. Admit it, there’s nothing like a warm embrace from someone you care about. Hugs can do a lot more than just make you feel good for a split moment.
2. Friends and family. You can’t put a price point on your loved ones. They’re worth everything without costing a single dime.
3. Smiles. The more you grin, the more joy you’ll feel. According to one 2012 study, people who received a smile from strangers felt a greater sense of social connectedness.
4. Sleep. Happiness is a satisfying nap or a good night’s rest. The body and brain suffer dramatically without proper sleep.
5. Laughter. It’s hard not to feel your absolute best when you’re in the middle of a belly-aching fit of laughter. Research suggests that laughing may boost our memory and can lower stress.
6. Happy memories. Nostalgia is one of our mind’s greatest indulgences – and it’s totally OK to embrace it (with a smile on our lips). Studies have found that nostalgia can decrease loneliness and anxiety.
7. Love. The priceless joy of loving and feeling loved. It’s humanity’s magnificent purpose and universal law. It’s a CHOICE, it’s FREE, it’s FOREVER!
St. Teresa of Calcutta cannot be more apt when she said: “At the end of life, we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, how many great things we have done, but by how much we have LOVED.”
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