Quote of the Day – Thomas Jefferson on Happiness

Thomas Jefferson's Monticello Estate

Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello Estate

Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.

- Thomas Jefferson

Today’s quote is one by Thomas Jefferson covering health, life, and happiness – a quote that very closely embodies the spirit of elusivelife.net as a whole.

His assertion is that our happiness in life does not depend on chance – it instead depends on “good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits”.  In other words, Thomas Jefferson firmly believed that our greatest happiness depends on things we can control.

By affecting change in the areas of life that are under our control, we can affect a positive change in our level of happiness!


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