“Better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing than a long life spent in a miserable way.”
– Alan Watts
Are you happy? Really sit down and ponder this question. Happiness, like many things in life, is like a muscle; it can be built. It will only remain strong if it is being properly attended to. Furthermore, this means that happiness is a choice. One must make an active decision to command themselves to be happy regardless of unfortunate circumstances. Ultimately, deciding WHAT makes you happy is the most critical part of achieving a state of happiness.
Too often we forget to stop and evaluate our level of happiness throughout out our daily tasks. We forget to have gratitude for the opportunities that the day has presented to us. Many of us are quick to point out the difficulties that the day brings and bypass the blessings that accompany that day as well. Human beings are constantly looking for satisfaction in their lives without knowing how or what could be preventing them from reaching that satisfaction. It is due to the fact that many of us do not believe we can take control over our attitude; they believe they are helpless due to the negative programming of society.
Personally, I see happiness as a by product of doing what one loves and constantly growing while doing it. Working on a goal that I am able to pour my entire being into because I have a passion for it matters to me. Also, seeing the fruition of that effort brings me happiness. Even if I do not see the effects of my work immediately, I have come come to understand that the universe works in mysterious ways and no action goes unaccounted for; that includes the act of thinking. Acting positive and thinking positive is necessary when deciding to be happy.
But surpassing those goals, is the happiness that comes from letting go. It is a true testament to strength when one can let go. It is often liberating. Letting go of a grudge, or letting go of someone once loved dearly, or having the power to let power go. These actions cause people to grow exponentially.
Do not simply take my word for it. I encourage you to put these ideas to the test. Even do you own research. Below is a link to a more scientific take on factors that increase and maintain happiness.
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