What is happiness?

Happiness is the seemingly unattainable thing that everyone is striving for. How often are the words ‘if only…’ or ‘I wish…’ included in our sentences? Everyone is looking to have something more, because, if they have that thing, be it an object, person, success, more time… the list goes on. The fact is that we cannot always have the thing we want, and we are therefore unhappy.

Something else that I’ve noticed, is that everyone always seems to feel the need to justify their happiness; being happy is never a priority. We can’t be happy unless it’s ‘right’ to be so. For example, there is such a need for people-pleasing, that we feel that we can’t be happy if others aren’t pleased with us. Have you ever made a decision, or done something, which your friends or family didn’t entirely agree with? Even if it made you happy personally, you feel you can’t express that happiness if other people aren’t happy with you. If you haven’t pleased other people, you feel you’ve failed and therefore cannot be happy.

But happiness is a simple thing. There are so many happy things, you don’t need to thing that you think will bring you the ultimate happiness. Be happy with the little things, the sunrise in the morning, a smile from a stranger, a lost object found again.

I don’t believe that happiness is such an unobtainable thing. It’s just a matter of mindset, a matter of doing what you want. Do what makes you happy, that’s all there is to it. Let go of all the conditions placed on happiness. Let go of doing what everyone wants. Your happiness is a priority, and there’s no need to feel bad for choosing that over anything else. The life you’re living is your own. You deserve to be happy 🙂

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