“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” ~Dalai Lama
“If you could paint a picture of happiness, what would it look like?” A question asked by my husband last night.
Many will ultimately jump to answering this by saying that something materialistic makes them happy. Deep down, they know this simply is not true. Happiness is a deep satisfaction and a sense of well-being. It is a positive feeling, personal fulfillment and joy. No, you can’t just pick it up at the store or purchase it on Amazon.
Being able to experience happiness in your life is all based on attitude, actions, satisfaction and well-being.
The lens by which we view happiness is unique. Not everyone will feel the same way or answer in the same order. Finding and cultivating happiness is different for everyone.
Here is how I answered this question…
- Keeping my eyes fixed on God. The Bible tells us in Psalm 146:5, “But happy are those, whose hope is in the LORD their God.” Happiness depends less upon our circumstances than upon our thoughts. When we turn our thoughts to God, we experience the joy that He intends for us.
- Maintaining a satisfying living space for my family. If my family is happy, then so am I.
- Doing things daily that promotes mental and physical health. Reading, exercising and always keeping my mind open to learning new things.
- Contributing to things that add value to life. Not focusing on myself but simply focusing on others. Helping those that may need something that I can give them. This doesn’t only refer to material things, but support and guidance.
- Being positive and enriching relationships with other people. Not focusing on the bad, but the good in life. Taking those situations that may be negative and finding a way to turn it positive.
- Express gratitude for what I have and be gracious to others.
This is my perspective of happiness, there are many more. I am curious, what does your picture of happiness look like?
“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.” ~Denis Waitley