Author: Katie Brown (former COM for Indiana)
With my Indiana home frozen and snowed in lately, I’ve been watching old movies. What struck me about one movie, The Inn of the Sixth Happiness, was that the Chinese believe each person must find what the sixth happiness is in his own heart. It seems, in their culture, there are five known happinesses – wealth, longevity, good health, virtue, and a peaceful death in old age.
But, we each must seek and find the sixth, or final, one for completeness.
As the snow and cold continued and I kept up my movie watching, I came to wonder, if universally, the sixth happiness is actually a divine sense of love. And, if it is, could it be this love that enhances happiness and that studies show contributes to better health and longevity?
For example, in the “Sixth Happiness…” (based on the true story of Gladys Alward, a British maid who became a missionary in China and played by actress Ingrid Bergman), the elderly missionary woman told Bible stories to the inn guests about Jesus’ life. She did this, it seems, purely out of love for the guests and the joy she felt from sharing these stories. Might she have thought Jesus’ commandment to love one another to be the sixth happiness?