Happiness, Freedom, and Peace of Mind

by Ron Haynes

If you’ve ever scrolled to the bottom of an article here on The Wisdom Journal, you’ve probably noticed the quote widget. A few days ago, it had a quote that really struck home with me.

“There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life — happiness, freedom, and peace of mind — are always attained by giving them to someone else.” General Peyton Conway March, Army Chief of Staff (late nineteenth century)

How odd that a grizzled old Army general noted this. Perhaps our societal perception is wrong.

Soldiers don’t crave war, they crave happiness, freedom, and peace of mind. They’re just willing to fight for those ideals if they have to.

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About the author

Ron Haynes has written 988 articles on The Wisdom Journal.


The founder and editor of The Wisdom Journal in 2007, Ron has worked in banking, distribution, retail, and upper management for companies ranging in size from small startups to multi-billion dollar corporations. He graduated Suma Cum Laude from a top MBA program and currently is a Human Resources and Management consultant, helping companies know how employees will behave in varying situations and what motivates them to action, assisting firms in identifying top talent, and coaching managers and employees on how to better communicate and make the workplace MUCH more enjoyable. If you'd like help in these areas, contact Ron using the contact form at the top of this page or at 870-761-7881.