Happiness Is Your Choice

Happiness Is...

Wikipedia states: Happiness is a state of mind or feeling characterized by contentment, love, satisfaction, pleasure, or joy. A variety of biological, psychological, religious, and philosophical approaches have striven to define happiness and identify its sources.

  • What does it mean to you?
  • When you think about being happy what do you see?
  • Looking at your own life, do you ‘feel’ happiness?

No two people are the same and therefore happiness for one person might not bring about the same thoughts, feelings and images for another person. Yet quite often people ‘rely’ on other people to ‘make’ them happy.

For true happiness to fill your life it must come from within, from you. It is not something to be handed to you by another or earned… it is a choice you make. Once you make that choice you are then free to support it with the actions, situations and people that further enhance it.

For example, I love family time; it is truly special to me. Being able to sit with my siblings and family, discuss life, business, politics, just about any topic is joyful for me because I love being with my family. It is the being with them that makes my heart sing; their company and their love enhance my centred happiness.

I believe that happiness is there for the taking. Being happy in yourself first and then letting it flow through the rest of your life to people you enjoy being with, places you like to visit, books you love to read, etc.

Have you noticed how certain pieces of music can lift your mood, enhance your happiness? How a kind word or random act of kindness makes you smile? These things touch the happiness that resides within you and lights it up like a torch. So if you make the decision to switch the torch on just because you can, how much more happiness is radiated when positive situations and loving people add to its glow?

No one can dictate to you what you should do to bring about happiness; it is your place to bring it to life.

And a person who derives happiness from physically or emotionally harming someone else is, in my opinion, experiencing the rush of power and control, not the joy of happiness.

We all need to feel pleasure, be engaged and interact with others as well as have a life that we feel is worthwhile to be truly happy... and it is our decision to be happy that can bring all of these things into fruition.

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sunkentreasure 4 years ago from RUIMSIG, SOUTH AFRICA


Bring more joy into your life

Take time for yourself to do the things you love

Experience the joy of making something beautiful

Follow your dreams.

If your heart is longing to live life for what is true and real

If you would like to feel a deep inner fulfillment with absolute truth within

The quality of a richer life is in the stillness of your soul.

Open your heart to the sounds of nature’s music

Be grateful for all the good in life

Make someone feel especially loved today

Feel the holiness of God.

Connect with what is truly important in this life

Let your heart draw its strength and joy from God

Like a tiny seed it bids the response of your whole heart

to receive you, complete you and give you purpose and meaning.

Create a new life for yourself

Walk with gratitude

Become a network of love and restore your life wholly

Live in harmony with the universe

With God all things are possible

Cherish your life.

©Bernard Levine

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