Friday, December 16, 2011

What's Your Focus?

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon Him) would pronounce the following beautiful words upon awakening from sleep:

“Praise be to Allah, who has returned my soul to me, and revitalized my body, and allowed me to remember Him.” (Tirmidhi)

With these profound words, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon Him) would start off his day in gratitude, enthusiasm, and optimism, despite all the responsibilities and challenges that rested on his shoulders. In short, he (peace and blessings be upon Him) was following a key principle of happiness: focusing on the positive.

Friday, December 2, 2011


If I were to ask you what you want in life, you might say things like making a million dollars, marrying the perfect spouse, having good physical health, achieving closeness to Allah, saving the trees, being respected, and, and, and. The underlying objective of such wants is to achieve a sense of pleasure, an internal joy, a feeling of peace, all of which can be summarized as a state of happiness. At the end of the day, what we want in life is to be happy.