To the Editor:

“Peace” and “happiness” are two powerful words that in today’s troubled world seem to be overlooked throughout our society. Over the years, there have been numerous inspirational quotes describing these two desirable words:

“Peace begins with a smile,” said Mother Teresa.

“Peace cannot be kept by force, it can only be achieved by understanding,” said Albert Einstein.

“Happiness is a choice, peace is a state of mind, both are free.”

So, why don’t we do a better job living them?

The World Health Report points to the rising negative feelings, particularly in the U.S., due to an epidemic of addictions, including technology, alcohol, food, work, drugs, gambling, exercise, shopping and sex. Conclusion: We don’t get happiness as a society gets richer because we chose the wrong things.

A Psychology Today article indicated you don’t find happiness, you create it; further, a simple way to increase one’s happiness is to en-gage in acts of kindness. It goes on to say that the key ingredients to national happiness is income, life expectancy, social support, freedom, trust and generosity.

The Mayo Clinic describes achieving inner peace and happiness by directing more time to family and friends, appreciating what you have, maintaining an optimistic outlook, and feeling a sense of purpose while living in the moment.

Personally, a basic element that contributes to my happiness stems from being married to my high school sweetheart these past 66 years.

How about you? Are you happy, experiencing an inner peace that brings happiness to you and those around you? No? Start now!

Earle Everett

Moss Creek