A talk from Elder Joesph B. Wirthlin shed light upon yet another aspect of happiness. Said he:
“When we accept duties willingly and faithfully, we find happiness. Those who make happiness the chief objective of life are bound to fail, for happiness is a by-product rather than an end in itself. Happiness comes from doing one’s duty and knowing that his life is in harmony with God and His commandments.”
And what are our duties? They are the assignments given to us from Heavenly Father. Search your heart to know exactly which duties you’ve been entrusted with. May I suggest that for men the God-given duties include being a husband, father, and provider. For women, a wife, mother, and nurturer. And for both, accepting the calls the Lord gives to serve our fellowmen. As life meanders along, calls to serve may change. But always there will be duties to perform and happiness to find. There is little that compares with the joy one feels after a duty is performed well. It just feels so good to know that you have done all that is expected of you and your heart swells with gratitude to God for the opportunity to serve.
Think of at least one duty today that you can give your whole heart, mind, and soul. Do this one duty well and commit to always striving to do your duties with a willing and submissive heart. Happiness will surely follow.