July 5th, 2011
As humans, we seem to be constantly chasing after happiness. Without realizing it, you may regard happiness as a fleeting gift that only graces you with its presence when you’re lucky. You tell yourself that once you reach a certain point in your life—that big promotion you’ve been working tirelessly for or finally meeting “the one”—happiness will again be yours. And once you do deem yourself as officially H-A-P-P-Y, you may, like others, hold your breath and pray that you will appreciate it while it lasts.
But authentic happiness is enduring. It’s unwavering despite outside factors such as money orothers’ opinions. Further, true happiness lasts simply because you are being YOU. If you’ve truly attained authentic happiness, you have accepted both the “good” and the “bad” in your life, and are able to smile because of it.
So how do you arrive at a place of undeniable joy?
Start by making a list of all of the reasons that you are grateful. Maybe you’re pleased with the amount of patience you have or your unique sense of humor. Or perhaps you’re thankful for your bright blue eyes or your uncanny impersonation skills. Big or small, include all of the reasons that make you appreciative of the life you have been given.
After reflecting on these blessings, be grateful for all of the wonderful things that make you the beautiful human being that you are. Use this as further motivation for attaining authentic happiness. Keep in mind that you are the pilot of your world and therefore must take complete responsibility for the process of reaching and maintaining such contentment. This entails acknowledging that YOU possess the power to choose exactly how you want to spend your days in order to get to a genuine place of joy. So set out to do what you love to do. Go forthand manifest your passions! As you follow your heart, it will lead you down theright road.
Once you find yourself in a state of pure happiness, keep in mind that happiness is something that exists in the present. Don’t think of it as a “has been” or a“will be.” Instead, classify your joy as an “is”, keep it close to your heart, and carry it with you wherever you go.