Many people search their whole lives for happiness. For some, this search becomes endless, resulting in doubt that they can ever be happy.
Happiness does not have to be something you hope to have sometime in the future. It is totally in your hands to make it happen now. Part of the problem might be that you are searching outside of yourself. Happiness is not found anywhere but within you.
Sometimes we experience just how harsh reality can be. There are simply things that are beyond our control, people who we just can't change and circumstances that are just impossible to avoid. In times like these, we can choose peace. We can simply opt to forgive and experience an inner calm that gives us the strength to move on and continue.
In order for us to be able to use our power to choose happiness over everything else, we need to know what happiness is and what it truly means. Happiness is relative. Because we all came from different backgrounds, we don't share the same likes, dislikes, and pet peeves.
In other words, only you can really define what happiness means to you, and only you.
A lot of people are guilty of constantly making happiness a future occurrence by preceding every sentence they say with an "if" and a "when." These phrases trap happiness in the future. Joy can be attained immediately by anybody. To make this even more possible, you need to focus on those things that leave you with a powerful feeling of gratitude. This may be your greatest tool because when you begin to focus on what you are grateful for, you can't help but feel hopeful and excited.
Take time everyday to think about what you are most grateful for. Write about it. If you become vigilant with this practice, you'll notice more and more things to be grateful for.
The fact that you are alive or that it's a sunny day are the small things that you can smile about.
Happiness can be yours now. It is entirely up to you to make the choice to claim it. Everyone deserves to be happy, no matter what kind of person they were in the past. The point is, you just have to be happy about life in general and stop comparing yourself to others. No one has everything, and there are surely things you have that others don't.
Life is full of wonderful surprises. Though you may go through difficult days, there are still better times waiting for everyone along the way. Give yourself a chance - practice being more optimistic - and start seeing the "glass half full instead of half empty".
What sets optimists apart from pessimists is their ability to succeed by simply being thankful for what they have, no matter how small it is or how little it is worth. They are happy.
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