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Find Your Happiness

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, or worn. It is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude. – Denis Waitley

Don’t ask me why, but in my my head, I have the Partridge Family singing “Come on Get Happy” while I read this quote. What can I say, I’m old, and David Cassidy was my first crush.  I really wish I could just hope on that very colorful bus and Mrs. Partridge could just drive me to my happiness.  find your happinessHowever, it doesn’t work that way, much to my everlasting chagrin and dismay. You have to find your happiness, and chances are you’ll find it within yourself.  It’s not something you can drive to, or that anyone can just hand you.  It would be so much easier if that were the case.

Happiness is very subjective, and it’s very personal.  What makes me happy may not make others happy. I think we find our happiness when we’re with people that we love, or bring us joy, or when we’re doing something that we love or brings us joy.  It’s not the money that we have, or the things that we buy.  Money makes life easier, but it doesn’t make it happier.

Happiness also comes when you are grateful for what you do have.  I live in a very small condo, but guess what, I have a place to live.  My student loan debt is about as big as the gross national debt of the United States, but I have an amazing education.  I can focus on those negative things, but I’m not.  I’m grateful for what I DO have instead of focusing what I don’t.  Gratitude is a big step to take on the path to happiness.  It’s also a very challenging one because it’s easier to be ungrateful rather than grateful.

So when you’re looking for your happiness, find it within yourself.  Do things that you love, and spend time with people that bring you joy, and express gratitude for what you have rather than focusing on what you don’t.  Remember, happiness is closer than you think, it’s within you!



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