I was talking to a teenager recently about the concept of happiness. I feel that this is a hard concept to grasp really at any age….I mean, what is happiness?
Take the Happiness Quote to Heart
One of the definitions for happy is “that it is characterized by or indicative of pleasure, contentment or joy.” I think the key word in this definition is contentment.
The teen I was talking with didn't feel that I was happy or that many other people he knew were happy. These other people didn't like their jobs, etc. and just weren't happy. I was surprised because overall I do feel very happy with my life right now. I have learned to find contentment and joy in life.
I tried to explain that being happy is a CHOICE. I am sure if I was able to travel to the poorest areas of the world….I would find people who were happy. These people may be living in conditions that we would find deplorable…yet they are happy. How can that be? I think it is because they are content in their life. They are choosing a path of positivity and joy despite their circumstances.
There have been a lot of times in my adult life when I have not been in a happy place. Looking back I can clearly see why that was….sometimes I allowed other people to affect my happiness….there were times when I wanted things I didn't have and had trouble finding contentment….I wasn't able to change other people like I wanted to….
Those times in my life that I have lacked joy and happiness were very much my own doing. I allowed myself to wallow in self-pity, unforgiveness and discontentment. I had to learn that I can't change other people, but I can work on myself!
I am so glad that I have been able to wake up to the reality that I can control my outlook on life no matter what is going on in my life! 🙂 I still have bad days….when I stumble around in a fog…but it usually doesn't last very long!
I don't know if what I said made any sense to this young person. I hope it will sink in one day! Happiness really is just a journey…enjoying the journey of life!
What are your thoughts on this happiness quote?