Today is International Day of Happiness and to make your day a happy one, I have added a few suggestions at the end of today’s post to inspire you to make today a happy one for yourself and those around you.
This special day of celebration was founded by Jayme Illien “to inspire, mobilize and advance the global happiness movement”.
So many of us struggle to define happiness, not from a philosophical or psychological perspective but rather our own. Does a happiness movement create and radiate happiness to such an extent that it makes you happy? It might, if you are open to it. Notice when you are surrounded by happy people, it can lift your spirits. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.
Is happiness defined by economic status, wealth or material things? Some say yes, or at least these are important factors, but does this mean we have never met or seen people in wealthy or economically strong environments unhappy?
Are poor people ever happy? Are rich people ever unhappy? of course they are – money may not bring happiness, but it certainly makes life easier. Is happiness about life being easier? We know that contentment is a core factor in happiness, but can contentment only happen if we are achieving all our material goals?
While there are seldom clear answers to these questions, quite often driven by perspective, there are a great many people in this world at polar ends of the economic scales that are living happy and unhappy lives. There are so many factors that affect our ability or desire to be happy and these factors exist across all humanity. It is about how we approach them, in fact, determine whether or not we are or will be happy.
Some of us are a little more hardwired for happiness but all of us have to work at it. Happiness is not a specific destination, it is the result of how we act, live our lives, and how we react to what life brings us. We can learn to be happier by changing our habits – our habitual thoughts, beliefs, emotions and behavior.
Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions. – Dalai Lama
Here are a few suggestions to bring more happiness into your day:
We must have the desire to be happy, put the energy and effort into creating our own happiness. It truly is an inside job – it is not about materiality or status, it’s about how we feel about ourselves and our circumstances. It is ultimately our choice. Far too often we allow others to hi-jack our happiness. Be strong, be grateful and above all be happy – you deserve it!
Enjoy International Day of Happiness!
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