Happiness is a choice.
It’s an elusive concept, this notion of happiness.
Buddhists believe that if one can simply accept the idea that life contains suffering, then happiness becomes accessible because suffering has been accepted.
Author, Gretchen Rubin wrote a bestselling book on the subject titled, The Happiness Project.
She had a moment of awakening on a bus when she realized she was simply hum drumming through her life, by most terms, her very successful life.
My grandmother offered a pearl of wisdom to me in my early twenties.
This was to simply celebrate a cup of coffee every day.
This unassuming act, done with intent and awareness, has brought me happiness since then.
It’s the idea that I can stop what I’m doing and love myself enough to slow down and enjoy a brewed cuppa.
This act doesn’t give me anything, I won’t become richer by it but I do become happier.
I suppose it makes me conscious of how I can choose to be happy by being mindful and present, in any situation.
Viktor E. Frankel (concentration camp survivor) discusses the notion of how we create meaning for ourselves in our lives.
He argues, as do I, that
“Don’t aim at success. The more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself.” – Viktor E. Frankel.
So in the end no matter, what school of thought you follow happiness is always a choice.
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