Elvis said it, Jesus sorta said it and most recovering addicts say it, "For Happiness we need Someone to love, something to do and something to look forward to. And a truck driver said it like this "Life is like a dunny roll. The nearer you get to the end the faster it goes."
For the lonely, that someone to love is anything or anyone they can control. For the one in emotional turmoil the something to do is work or sport that takes their mind off living and for the ambitious who are rushing headlong toward their grave as fast as they can, something to look forward to gives added impetus.
The wonderful thing about this quote Someone to Love, Something to Do, and Something to Look Forward to, is that it works for those
at the bottom and those at the top of the walnut barrel. Even born again religious
people find some solace in this quote.
Sadly there's a small problem in it.
Someone to love, who doesn't love you back isn't really all that nourishing... and it's the nourishment of love that feeds a part if not most of happiness.
Something to do, that you are complacent about, treat in a mundane way, or wish you weren't doing, is killing you. So that part of the quote is not a stand alone reality either.
And Something to Look forward to, well take the mind of a manic depressive, suicidal individual. They have something in their mind they are looking forward to that just happens to be an illusion and because it doesn't happen, they get depressed. So, looking forward to stuff that can't come true causes huge pain.
Many people merge all three:
"Looking forward to meeting someone so that I have someone to love and therefore have something to do" Now the quote implodes on itself.
Happiness, for the hopeless is Someone to Love, Something to Do, and Something to look forward to. But for you, a balanced and wise individual, that's total desperation.
You know already that happiness comes from not wanting anything, and simply being happy with what you've got. Appreciation of what is, not what could be, or should be.
Happiness is abundance, nothing is missing in your life. So, being thankful, for life and what you've got and where you are right now is the simple inspired formula.