January 23, 2011 Length: 1:01
Staretz Macarius of Optina on the happiness that comes from a humble life.
There are countless books—and some hugely popular daytime television programs—dedicated to helping people achieve happiness. Why, then, are so many people so unhappy? Staretz Macarius of Optina answers:
In answer to your question as to what constitutes a happy life…A life lived in humility and with an irreproachable conscience brings peace, tranquility, and true happiness. But wealth, honor, glory and exalted position often serve as the cause of a multitude of sins, and such happiness is not one on which to rely.
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