Happiness has an individual meaning to different people. It can possibly mean that you get job you have always dreamed of or you make that starting step into raising your own family. These are the answers I tend to get when I ask people:
“What does happiness mean to you?”
However, they are not answering my question. I want to know what happiness is, not how you can achieve it. Happiness is a state of mind. Where you are content and you find the joy to any situation. It is our reason to get up every morning. Everyone is attempting to achieve happiness in their own way.
We seem hardwired to pursue happiness. We are so determined to gain whatever we think will make us happy that we are missing out on all the little thing, such as appreciating that sunny day, or having inside jokes with your friends. Many of us strive immensely to pass that exam with the highest A grade. Or to have the perfect relationship or the perfect figure. There is no such thing as perfect. Society has forced us into a false perception of what is acceptable in terms of the outward appearance, and what we ‘need’ to do to achieve that.
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“Maybe you just have to live for the small things like being called pretty or someone picking up the pen you dropped or laughing so hard that your stomach hurts. Maybe that’s all that really matters at the end of the day”
A homeless man could have nothing going for him, no job, friend or family. But he has a dog. This man still finds that small glimmer of hope to get up in the morning to feed that dog, to play with that dog. He is content with his situation. He may not be 100% perky at all time but who is? It is impossible for us humans to be happy all the time, it cannot be done. Although, there are many external factors that decrease our chances at happiness.
At the end of the day beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Focusing on how much the perception of beauty has changed in the past five years. I can guarantee that it will change again and it will change again and there will be a new idea of what is considered beautiful and accepted in today’s society. What will not change is that health equals happiness.
Put your energy into what you have going for you. Honesty, compassion and generosity.