Happiness Limit

Quote Quiz

Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States and had the challenge of leading the nation during the Civil War. His leadership was impressive, and he was known as a strong and ethical leader around the globe. His Gettysburg Address is considered to be one of the three greatest American speeches along with King’s “Dream” and Kennedy’s “Ask Not”.

His life was challenging, however. He suffered through the deaths of two of his children and his wife had some serious mental challenges. There were struggles with political divides not to mention the stress of dealing with the execution of a war.

Through it all Lincoln was able to remain positive. Even when asked a few days before his wedding to Mary Todd he was asked where he was going, he replied with a smile, “To hell I suppose”.

He gave the key to his happiness when he said, “People are just as happy as __________”

  1. As their experiences allow them
  2. Their circumstances dictate
  3. A nation made whole
  4. They make up their minds to be

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Did you know you have in “happiness limit”? According to the 16th President of the United States not only do you have happiness limit you are in control of where it is set. “People are just as happy as they make their minds to be,” said Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln would not allow himself to become unhappy. He knew that unhappiness eroded his happiness limit and that by using concerted efforts to keep a positive mindset he could increase how happy you could become.

The great leader of the United States had many reasons to be unhappy he presided over a nation so divided and the Civil War was fought pitting family member against family member and his beloved United States against each other.

Yet he sought happiness in visualizing slaves set free and Southerners joining Northerners as countrymen once again.

Sadly, Lincoln never enjoyed the happiness of physically seeing the reunited nation as he was assassinated just a few days after the war's end. But images of whites and blacks working together to rebuild the nation undoubtedly kept them happy during the days of his presidency.