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How To Be Happy With What You Have In Life

Updated on May 5, 2012


There are so many people in the world that have all they need to live a happy life,but they just want more and more. What they have in their lives is just never enough. Nothing is good enough for them and they always want more, which is fine, and it is great to want the best of everything, but when you really think about it, does all that really, honestly make you happy?

How to be happy with what you have in life can be as simple as one, two ,three. You may just be searching for happiness all in the wrong places. Happiness is really right in front of your nose and many can not see it. many of us think material things make us happy and I can assure you that in most cases is not true. It may be true in the beginning , but the thrill wears off over time.

What is the big deal about having the best of everything and still wanting more. I don't get it. Why can't we be happy with what we have in our lives and stop wanting more and more? Try to be happy with want we already have and enjoy what you have.

I must say though, if you are in a financial position to buy the best that is wonderful and I am happy for those people, but I am really referring to people just like myself that go to work and somewhat live paycheck to paycheck. I know there are many of those people in the world, but the point I am trying to make is that those people want what they can not afford. So they over extend themselves with loans to buy something thinking that it will make them happier and in the beginning they are happy, until it is time to pay for that item plus paying all that interest on that loan that they thought would make them a happy person.

Now they are going from being happy at first to miserable and unhappy because of all the years of repayments and may be thinking if they did right by their decision.

For myself, I recently put my house on the market for sale. The house I grew up in and totally remodeled from top to bottom. The thing is, that I truly still wasn't happy even though i made the house just the way my wife and I wanted, adding 2 more baths, brand new kitchen and so much more

All of our married years we had aways wanted to have a home by the Sea, but as many people know my addiction to alcohol held me back from our life's dream.

Once I finally surrendered to my addiction to alcohol I began planning a new life for the both of us and I was willing to downsize and live in a 55 + community mobile home park. We searched for months and looked at many homes and communities that would be right for us and we finally found the perfect place and it is minutes from the Ocean and the Bay.





So the thing I wanted most in my life came true when I quit drinking alcohol. I wanted to be by the Sea my whole life and when I became clean and sober I was willing to do anything it took to fulfill my dream and that was to downsize and live life a little more simple just to be happier.

The home is a double wide mobile home that needed much work on the inside and outside, but I got it for a great price because of the work needed and I took advantage of the price.

We all have heard the words, location, location, location and the work that needed to be done was well worth it for the location itself. Now the home is done and the wife and I are the happiest we have ever been in our married life.

i guess the point I am trying to make here is, you can be happy with the most simple of things including the home you live in. We were willing to put the house I grew up in that has so many memories and all the hard work we did to the house behind us and put it up for sale to live our dream.

As everyone knows we are only here on earth one time and for some a short time, so why not be happy with your life while you are healthy and young enough to enjoy it. Take that chance in life and don't try to keep up with the Jone's and make yourself unhappy and miserable.

Be happy with what you have in life and enjoy your life to the fullest. If you have a dream like I had in your life, make it happen , but don't over extend yourself to achieve that dream. Give up some things as I did to make your dream become a reality.

I hope you get my point of just what I am saying here in regards to being happy in your life. You don't have to have the biggest and the best of everything to be happy in your life. Sometimes less is more in life and it just may take having less to be a happier person.

I know that worked for us and we are the happiest we have ever been. Try it for yourself and you may see that happiest doesn't come from big and expensive things in life. Only you can find the right thing to make you the happiest you have ever been.


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    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      @ Dan _ Thanks for reading and your comment. Yes happiness does come within. Thanks also for the link. Get site you have!!

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      6 years ago

      very inspiring. Happiness has to come from within, this way your happiness does not depend on any exterior events. Trust your soul.


    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      shara63 Thank you for reading and commenting on my hub and also for the Vote Up! If everyone would stop wanting more and more in life they might find life a little more happier. Just my opinion.

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      6 years ago from Delhi

      "All forms of wealth the gold, currency, cattles & farms

      comes within when Contentment, leaves for us no charms!"

      so, the most important is 'Satisfaction' which comes of the faith!

      nice hub..voted up!

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      7 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Talisker, Thanks for reading and for your comment. You are so right having a great family and enoying them as you said is worth more than any money or material things.

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      Honor Meci 

      7 years ago from UK

      A lovely hub. It's very nice to see stories with happy endings. You're absolutely right about the small things making you happy. I wouldn't exchange leaping around on the sofa with my kids for anything that money could buy. It's good to put things into perspective as although 'wanting' can be healthy in moderation, it has the capabilities of ruining people's lives.

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      7 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Denise, Thanks and I just thought I throw the pic of house in just to show how proud I am of my accomplishments on the house and my sobriety. Little home by the Sea and that's good enough for me. :)

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      7 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      annmackiemiller, Hey ann thank you also for your kind words. I hope I am an inspiration to many. I just want people to realize that anyone can be happy with the most simplest things in life.

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      7 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Happyboomernurse, Thanks for commenting and your kind words. My life is so much better now being sober.

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      7 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      jannthomassen Thanks for the comment and it took me some time to figure out the biggest and the best doesn't make people happy. Be happy with you we have and enjoy the simple life.

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      7 years ago from Bingley Yorkshire England

      great work - you're an inspiration

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      Denise Handlon 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Mark-wow! What a cool hub. I love that you posted the photos of your new place. :) Cheers.

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      7 years ago from Norway

      Nice hub, thanks for sharing. It's obvious that material wealth doesn't neccessary give us happiness. In general, we might all be reminded on that. For me Gratitude is a key, being thankful for the things that really matter.

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      7 years ago from South Carolina

      Congratulations on getting sober, examining the things you truly want in life and making the changes necessary to live the life of your dreams.

      I agree that, "Sometimes less is more in life and it just may take having less to be a happier person."

      Accumulating things and going into debt for them can quickly destroy our chances of true happiness.

      Focusing on loved ones, living within our means, pursuing our dreams and spending time in nature can raise our spirits and bring a level of contentment we've never known before. For me, meditation, prayer, and gratitude for the things I already have in life are also key to living a joyful existence.


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