Since a lot of people are looking for happiness in all the wrong places, I thought it would be a good idea to write another blog post on happiness. Here are 10 important things you should know about happiness.
1. The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.
The quality of your thoughts determine the quality of your life. If your mind is pure and your thoughts happy, positive, healthy and empowering, your life will be, too.
“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.” ~ Marcus Aurelius
2. Your happiness depends on you.
Every single person is responsible for their own happiness, and you yourself are responsible for your own. Never rely on someone else for your happiness. Always remember that your happiness depends on you.
“Don’t rely on someone else for your happiness and self-worth. Only you can be responsible for that. If you can’t love and respect yourself – no one else will be able to make that happen. Accept who you are – completely; the good and the bad – and make changes as YOU see fit – not because you think someone else wants you to be different.” ~ Stacey Charter
3. Happiness begins with acceptance.
Happiness begins with acceptance – acceptance of what was, acceptance of what is, and acceptance of what will and/or might be. By accepting, embracing and making peace with yourself, your life and the world around you, not only do you become a lot happier and more at peace, but you will also make room in your life for something better to emerge.
“Acceptance looks like a passive state, but in reality it brings something entirely new into this world. That peace, a subtle energy vibration, is consciousness.” ~ Eckhart Tolle
4. Happiness is about loving yourself just as you are.
Happiness is about forgiving yourself for all your so called mistakes and failures. It’s about making peace with all your flaws and all your imperfections, and accepting yourself just as you are.
“To love yourself right now, just as you are, is to give yourself heaven. Don’t wait until you die. If you wait, you die now. If you love, you live now.” ~ Alan Cohen
5. There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way.
“There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way. So, treasure every moment you have. And treasure it more because you shared it with someone special. And remember that time waits for no one. So stop waiting until you finish school, until you go back to school, until you lose ten pounds, until you gain ten pounds, until you have kids, until your kids leave the house, until you start work, until you retire, until you get married, until you get divorced, until Friday night, until Saturday morning, until you get a new car or home, until your car or home is paid off, until spring, until summer, until fall, until winter, until you are off welfare, until the first or fifteenth, until your song comes on, until you’ve had a drink, until you’ve sobered up, until you die, until you are born again, to decide that there is no better time than right now to be happy.” ~Author Unknown
6. Happiness is about living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.
The more you learn to express your gratitude and appreciation for every experience, every interaction and every little thing that life sends your way, the happier you will become and the better your life will get.
“We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.” ~ Frederick Keonig
7. Happiness is about being present in the moment.
When you are fully present in the now, enjoying and appreciating each moment of your life, how can you not be happy? Happiness is about being present in the moment, and the more engaged you are in the now, the happier you will become.
“The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.” ~ Thích Nhất Hạnh
8. Happiness is about being of service.
Happiness never decreases by being shared, and the more you share who you are, what you know and the many gifts and talents you possess with those around you, the more happiness you will experience in your life.
“We are but visitors on this planet. We are here for ninety or one hundred years at the very most. During that period, we must try to do something good, something useful with our lives. If you contribute to other people’s happiness, you will find the true goal, the true meaning of life.” ~ Dalai Lama
9. Happiness is about loving life.
Love is what makes the world go round. It’s what causes us to feel happy and alive. And the more love you put into the world, the more joy and happiness will start flowing back into your life .
“Love life. Engage in it. Give it all you’ve got. Love it with a passion because life truly does give back, many times over, what you put into it.” ~ Maya Angelou
10. Happiness is about letting go.
Happiness isn’t something that can be pursued nor is it something that we can cling on to. Happiness is about letting go.
“There is no ongoing spiritual life without this process of letting go. At the precise point where we refuse, growth stops. If we hold tightly to anything given to us, unwilling to let it go when the time comes to let it go or unwilling to allow it to be used as the Giver means it to be used, we stunt the growth of the soul. It is easy to make a mistake here, “If God gave it to me,” we say, “its mine. I can do what I want with it.” No. The truth is that it is ours to thank Him for and ours to offer back to Him, ours to relinquish, ours to lose, ours to let go of – if we want to find our true selves, if we want real life, if our hearts are set on glory.” ~ Elisabeth Elliot