Choosing to be happy
There are times in our life that no matter how hard we try to be truly happy, it seems to constantly elude us and we never seem to quite get there. That happiness that we so desire seems truly out of reach and we continue to stay in our mire because it all seems just too hard. It is at those moments that we have to take a look at our efforts and question just whose definition of happiness we are trying to live up to.
Happiness is many things to many people. There are people that will tell you that money is happiness. Others will tell you its health, family, or other specific things that contribute to their happiness. However, the ultimate question is what our definition of happiness is. Attempting to live up to others definitions of happiness is a sure way to ensure that we never truly achieve happiness ourselves.
There are many people that will tell you that achieving a full level of happiness is impossible. To them I say hogwash. No one has more control over our ability to be happy than we. If we let them, it is those very people that believe in the impossibility that will hinder our own ability to achieve the level of happiness that we desire.
One thing that helps in achieving happiness is sitting down and making a list of the things that make use feel good. Identifying the areas that are complete and those areas where there are deficits that we need to focus on. Then take those focus areas and analyze them to determine which ones are really important and which ones will have no impact on our ability to be happy. Once you have weeded the garden, you are left with those things that truly matter and you now have identified the gaps on your path to true happiness.
Before we can achieve the level of happiness we desire, we have to give ourselves the permission to do so. We need to ensure that we aren’t sabotaging our efforts and are truly focusing on those areas that are important. Most of all we have to simply decide to be happy and go for it.
Have a great day and remember to be the reason someone smiles today.
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