What is happiness? I could ask 10 different people that question and assuredly get 10 different answers. Happiness according to the dictionary is “an agreeable feeling or condition of the soul arising from good fortune or propitious happening of any kind.” But, is that all there is to happiness? I think being happy is definitely a state of mind. Happiness isn’t something you feel only when you buy something new or meet a new romantic interest. Happiness goes much deeper than that. There a quite a few things to consider here; happiness is not something that we’re aware of on a daily basis. It sometimes takes a little bit of probing to find the answer.
Materialism is usually toxic to happiness. Look at all of the wealthy people in the world. If you were to ask them, confidentially, if they were happy, I bet the majority of them would say no. Oh, sure, we’d all love to have a lot of money, but what I’m saying is that just isn’t enough. You need to feel a presence within yourself to be happy. To me it seems like an overwhelming feeling of good intent.
I think that the happiest people are surrounded by friends and family and take the time to show their love for the important people in their lives. They don’t embark on petty jealousies and they tend to forgive easily.
Happiness is usually something as simple as keeping a whole brood of people in your heart or it can be as insignificant as watching a flower bloom. Happiness is different things to different people, but it always comes from within.
Find a person who is optimistic and you’ll find someone who is happy. Even in the midst of sorrow, a glint of happiness usually shines through. It’s all in the way we look at things. I believe that optimism and happiness go hand in hand.
Most times people aren’t very good at predicting what will make them happy. Happiness can be found in many things. I suggest that you look inside of yourself to find it. What really would make you happy? Is it something material like a new car? I’m sure a new car would make you feel good, but I don’t think it’s a way to find lasting happiness.
Try sitting in a quiet room and thinking, what one thing could I change in my life to bring me happiness. Use your imagination or try making a wish list. What would you wish for that might bring you the happiness you deserve? I think you will be surprised to learn that we make our own happiness. I’ve made my own and I know that you can too. One surefire way to find happiness is to count your blessings!
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“About the author: Kathy Zengolewicz, ( http://www.kathyzengolewicz.com ) is an author, a coach and a grief counselor working out of her home office in Philadelphia, PA. You can contact Kathy at firstname.lastname@example.org