Monday, October 24, 2016

Hugh B. Brown on the search for happiness

Elder Hugh B. Brown (October 24, 1883–December 2, 1975) was called as an Assistant to the Twelve in 1953, then as an apostle in 1958.  He served as a counselor to President David O. McKay from 1961 until President McKay's death in 1970, then for five more years as a member of the Quorum of Twelve until he passed away at age 92.
"There are three qualities one must carry with him in his search for happiness through self-fulfillment: intellectual awareness, social sense, and cultural appetite. A hunger for truth and understanding gnaws at the mind and spirit of man. We must not let our minds be out of breath in trying to keep up with our speeding technological development.
"Great moral teachers have said that many wants will be satisfied within the person who does something to make life a bit better for others. No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of it for anyone else. To feel the warmth of man's brotherhood for man is ennobling. Cooperation in community as well as within the Church is satisfying.
"Usefulness, service, being better each day than you were the day before, adding upon what you have that is worthwhile—this is living. Have a goal and work toward it. Do not lose sight of it. However rough the seas may be, you know there is a shore toward which you are moving. Stay with the ship. Jump overboard and you are irretrievably lost."
- Hugh B. Brown, "What Do You Want out of Life?", New Era, November 1972, p. 5
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That everlasting search for happiness! Where do we find it? How is it achieved? President Brown gives an interesting insight; from his experience, the search for happiness is facilitated by:

  • intellectual awareness: a mind that is alert, active, and growing
  • social sense: willingness and eagerness to help and bless those around us
  • cultural appetite: desire to learn and expand horizons
In other words, we have the ability to control and direct happiness. These things are attitudes within us, not circumstances imposed on us. We find out what real living is as we follow this path diligently:

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