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Thoughts on Happiness.....

Updated on July 23, 2012

Carpe Diem!

The author taking a jump off of a rock in West Virgina.
The author taking a jump off of a rock in West Virgina. | Source

Can You Tell When Someone is Truly Happy?

Can you tell when someone is truly happy? Are you REALLY looking beyond the smile?
Can you tell when someone is truly happy? Are you REALLY looking beyond the smile? | Source
If you are happy and you know it, SMILE A LOT!
If you are happy and you know it, SMILE A LOT! | Source

I always thought that:


If I made friends, I would be happy

If I made “new “friends, I would be happy

If I grew up, I would be happy

If I graduated from high school, I would be happy

If I moved out of my parents’ house, I would be happy

If I graduated from college, I would be happy

If I found a career, I would be happy

If I moved away from all of the drama, I would be happy

If I found my soul mate, I would be happy

If I got married, I would be happy

If I bought a house, I would be happy

If I worked hard, I would be happy

If I had a child, I would be happy

If I made a lot of money, I would be happy

If I won the lottery, I would be happy

If I made everyone else happy, I too would be happy

If I had someone to talk to, I would be happy

If I had someone to share my pain with, I would be happy

If I surrounded myself with truly happy people, I too would be happy

If I lost weight, I would be happy

If I got rid of all of the wrinkles and cellulite, I would be happy

If I ran away from all of my problems, I would be happy

If I drank this drink, It would make me happy

If I took this doctor’s pill, It would make me happy

If I died, I would be happy

I spent my whole life saying, “If this happens, then I’ll be truly happy.”

I spent my whole life smiling and pretending to be happy while I was sad and crying inside.

Now, I’m at the end of this life and I realized I had the ability to be happy all along, but it was wasted on looking forward to the next biggest thing.

I kept waiting for the magic cure that would MAKE me happy.

I didn’t have to look for happiness to find it; Happiness was in my soul all along.

I wrote this as a reflection of where my life was headed. If I continued to wish my life was better, and tie my happiness to tangible things, then pretty soon, my life would be over and I would have wasted all of my precious time worrying about things instead of acting on them and making a positive difference in my life and the lives of others. We all have the ability to turn around our lives (and it’s a lot easier with the help of God!)

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    • FreezeFrame34 profile imageAUTHOR

      FreezeFrame34 

      4 years ago from Charleston SC

      I am delighted you stopped by as well, DrBill-WmL-Smith. Thank you!

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      William Leverne Smith 

      4 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Be happy. I'm happy I stopped by... ;-)

    • FreezeFrame34 profile imageAUTHOR

      FreezeFrame34 

      5 years ago from Charleston SC

      Thanks, Cris Sp. I will have to check it out- sounds right up my alley!

    • FreezeFrame34 profile imageAUTHOR

      FreezeFrame34 

      5 years ago from Charleston SC

      So true, amandaines. We need to enjoy and relish every moment.

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      CrisSp 

      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Excellent thoughts and you are right, happiness is in our soul. Sometime back, I've written a hub on happiness as well. No plugging intended but you may be interested to visit it as well because after reading this hub, I feel you can relate to it (Happiness from Masterpiece to Masterpeace).

      Happiness always!

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      amandaines 

      5 years ago

      Beautiful hub and so true. We all seem to wish our lives away when happiness is making the most of what we have and the moment that we are at.

    • FreezeFrame34 profile imageAUTHOR

      FreezeFrame34 

      5 years ago from Charleston SC

      Thanks so much, Vinaya Ghimire. We all do need to focus on living life to the fullest and stop tying happiness to tangible things.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      5 years ago from Nepal

      Beautiful thoughts. I believe happiness is all about appreciating life and living.

    • FreezeFrame34 profile imageAUTHOR

      FreezeFrame34 

      5 years ago from Charleston SC

      Thanks rajan jolly. We all have the ability to turn negative into positive!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      It is so true most of us run after an oasis. It is just not out there, happiness is inside and being content is being happy. Great poem. Voted up.

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      FreezeFrame34 

      5 years ago from Charleston SC

      So true, Jools99! Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Jools99 

      5 years ago from North-East UK

      Happiness should be something in all of our lives but we all lose our way sometimes and believe that getting rich can make us happy or whatever but happiness is created from what you make of life and what brings you joy - picking a flower, smelling the fresh air, seeing a baby smile are all free ways to get happy. You could be rich and happy but not necessarily!

    • FreezeFrame34 profile imageAUTHOR

      FreezeFrame34 

      5 years ago from Charleston SC

      Thanks Cathy and girlonfire for reading and commenting!

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      girlonfire 

      5 years ago

      Very timely that I discovered this tonight. I think I shall be reading this hub several times before I go to sleep.

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      Ms. Immortal 

      5 years ago from NJ

      Happiness is something we all strive for, but we need to go no further than ourselves. We all have the ability to be happy, but trying to find it through something or someone else is misleading.

      Thanks!

    • FreezeFrame34 profile imageAUTHOR

      FreezeFrame34 

      5 years ago from Charleston SC

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Daisy 

      5 years ago from USA

      fun read..:)

    • FreezeFrame34 profile imageAUTHOR

      FreezeFrame34 

      5 years ago from Charleston SC

      Thank you again for your positive affirmations; I have seen and heard many people of all ages, sizes, and socio-economic backgrounds wish they were happy for days, weeks, and years. Happiness starts within you and will last as long as you want it to. We've all been through negative milestones, but the ones who turn the negative into a positive are the ones who are truly happy. I'm done faking it; I want to be happy now forever!

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

      I identify with the various stages of your journey. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

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      Blake Sherman 

      5 years ago from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

      Nice choice of reflective words.

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      FreezeFrame34 

      5 years ago from Charleston SC

      Thanks so much for the positive affirmations and shares; they make me happy!

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      5 years ago from South Carolina

      Loved this inspirational poem about finding happiness in the moment instead of in the future.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful and interesting and shared.

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      Martin Kloess 

      5 years ago from San Francisco

      Clever and well thought out concept. Thank you.

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      Christina M. Castro 

      5 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

      So many opportunities in life can make us happy. So many decisions in life can make us happy. Be settled on our own decisions can make us happy. I think happiness is a personal experience. Thanks for sharing.

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      Michelle Liew 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      Hey, freeze-frame......thanks for this little hub as well...we should not wait till it's the end of our lives before being happy! I am linking this to my happiness hub! Thanks so much for the share!

    • FreezeFrame34 profile imageAUTHOR

      FreezeFrame34 

      6 years ago from Charleston SC

      Thanks for the comments, OutDaremagazine and summerberrie!

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      summerberrie 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for the lovely reminder about the source of happiness!

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      OutDaremagazine 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Cool ideas. You only have one shot and so there is no point in thinking "what could have been?" Think "What can be?!"

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      FreezeFrame34 

      6 years ago from Charleston SC

      Thanks, IntegrityYes! Writing this made me....Well, Happy!

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      IntegrityYes 

      6 years ago

      WHOA! COOL!

    • FreezeFrame34 profile imageAUTHOR

      FreezeFrame34 

      6 years ago from Charleston SC

      Thank, billybuc! It was honestly the easiest piece I ever wrote because I've been thinking about it for so long! The words just started to flow as I typed; I love when that happens!

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are speaking my language! Excellent thoughts and hub!

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