Thursday, December 20, 2012

What Is Happiness?


Just recently I watched a movie called "Happy", a documentary about how people around the world define happiness. It was a reminder that happiness is not just about achieving all my goals and acquiring all the money and material possessions.

There are so many people around the world who have far less than we do, but are so much happier. Why is that?

Many people in other countries are happy because they have their family, neighbors, and a supportive, loving community around them. It's not about having that fancy sports car or a million dollars in the bank. Watch any "Real Housewives" episode and you'll witness the unhappiness that exists among the rich and famous.  That mansion will only give you a fleeting moment of happiness.  Then you'll want and strive for more, more, more.

Happiness is something that resides within you.

This may sound a little "woo woo" for some of you, but it's true. You have the power within you right now to decide that you are going to be happy. Someone could distract you from that happiness momentarily by their actions, but ultimately it's up to you whether or not to be happy.

Happiness is something I want to experience every moment of my life. As much as I think I am happy and live a joyous life, I do admit there are days when I slip into negativity.  I tend to experience negativity when I feel that people haven't acted the way I want them to act. It upsets me when they are not happy and joyous about life. Sometimes I take it personal and then I overcompensate by trying everything to "make" them happy.

This is an area of my life that I'd like to personally work on in the upcoming year.  What people do cannot dictate my emotions.  Instead of being reactive to their negativity, I can choose to be proactive and find a way to turn it into a positive.

Happiness is connecting with Source.

For me, happiness is connecting with and being in the flow of "Source", "God", "The Universe", or whatever you want to call The Omnipresent Energy that surrounds us and is within us.  I am able to be in the moment and feel gratitude for everything I have.

What does happiness mean to you?

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