Happiness and How To Decide If You’re Happy
This is the first blog post I’ve written in the last few months, having done a few guest article on other websites, but I have a feeling this may be my best.
I’ve struggled for a while now, not financially as I thought at the time, but spiritually.
I’ve always dreamed of being rich, being able to buy what I wanted when I wanted it and that, to me was the epitome of happiness. Man was I wrong. Although everything I had associated to money had been good, and happy, and joyful, it just never seemed to be that way. Not to say that I’m anywhere near where I’d like to be financially, but I could certainly have learned earlier that happiness= whatever I decide it to be.
Have you ever been the person to say, “I’ll be happy when…”? I without a shadow of a doubt was until I really started searching for the answer on how to be happy.
Here are a few points:
- Your situation doesn’t matter. Shocker isn’t it? Have you noticed the amount of people walking around with much less than you with a smile on their face that YOU’D like to steal? People with so little in the way of “wealth” yet they’re smiling like royalty? THAT is wealth, isn’t it?
- Being grateful. This is something I practice daily of late, and you cannot imagine the happiness it can bring you. Realising that no matter what is going on in life, you still have a million reasons to be grateful. Don’t think so? Try this one, aren’t you grateful that you were able to wake up this morning to read this post? (just kidding ;))
- Pursuing a dream or goal. It’s an amazing thing to have the opportunity to wake up every morning and be able to pursue a dream of yours or personal goal. Just having any opportunity is worth being happy about, purely because, with that dream or goal, you may have the capacity to change the world.
- Perspective or decisions. You have the capability to change your state in a second. I asked a few of my friends separately whether they are happy or not. I took into account their answer with regards to what their daily actions where as well as their ultimate goals. One of my friends has struggled for a while, never had the opportunities others around her did, yet she is making consistent progress to her goals. She is happy, not because of where she is, but because she knows where her ultimate destination lies. Another friend of mine has made leaps and bounds in his careers within the last two years and feels that his happiness is something to be chased, not acquired.
A little food for thought. Money will not buy you happiness, but happiness can begin before money.
Have a blessed day and live with passion!