The most gratifying kind of happiness is the kind you make yourself.
No, not because you got that new toy that does all those fabulous, exciting things that just make you so happy that you bought it. But definitely keep playing with that new toy.
No, not because you got that beautiful new outfit or new pair of shoes that you’ve been keeping your eye on for so long, and finally, finally, you got them. You are so pleased with yourself. So definitely keep doing that.
No, not because you spent time with your favorite person (or pet, for that matter) in the world and as you were together, you remembered why you love spending time with them so much. But keep doing that too.
Not because of anything outside of yourself.
Happiness happens in any instant where you remember something that makes you smile, remember something you thought about yourself that makes you really appreciate you, or in an instant, the feeling of joy just finds you and you beam. Just because.
Happiness can happen just because. There doesn’t have to be a source outside of you to make you happy. As a matter of fact, there is no source outside of you that makes you happy.
Your happiness is always a function of the way you think of anything. That thing you love to do – sports, dance, music, concerts, special events, getting married, flying a plane, wishing… It makes you happy because of what you think of it and how you think of it.
Those folks you love to hang out with – family, close friends, workmates, people you greatly admire and respect… They make you happy because of what you think about them.
Your happiness is ALWAYS sourced from you.
That’s why those same things – after time, or after a particular incident – can also make you mad. Because it’s not the things, the people, the activities, the work, the job, the career, the passion, the relationships that make you happy.
Always has been. Never will be any other way.
So to say happiness is elusive.
Well, that’s just plain silly. But keep doing that, if it makes you happy.
Your choice. Your life. Your happiness.
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