Joy, pleasure, satisfaction, fulfillment; success, a well-adjusted life

Nothing can bring you happiness but yourself. Ralph W Emerson

For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness. Ralph Waldo Emerson

People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be. Abraham Lincoln

The greatest part of our happiness depends on our dispositions, not our circumstances. Martha Washington

    The search for “happiness” appeals to all of us. We would love to find it. Many are looking for it and perhaps mostly in the wrong places. What is happiness and where might we actually find it?

    Happiness” is not something that you find. It is really not something that finds you, either. Determining to be happy is perhaps best described as a “decision”. Yes, “happiness” is mostly a decision that we make. It is not caused by outside circumstances, but comes from an internal mindset. Happiness is an attitude. It is not to be found by searching for it, but is something that can come from the inside out.

   Happiness is not found in things. Many try to find it through the pursuit of money and wealth. The consensus is that that wealth does not equal happiness. Many are sadly disappointed, disillusioned, and despondent after arriving at the pinnacle of worldly success only to find that happiness was not included in the package.

     People search for happiness in relationships, hobbies, fads, causes, and anything and everything that comes along. There is evidence that having something to believe in, to get lost in, something bigger than themselves; may lead some to happiness. What is there about such things that may provide us the answer to happiness?

    A good definition of success and happiness can be the following; “love what you are doing and do what you love”. Success and happiness can be synonymous. They happen when we perceive and have determined them to exist within us. It does not matter what anyone else’s definition of these concepts are, it only matters what determines it for each of us individually. What makes one person happy is uniquely found in them.

    Happiness occurs when certain factors come together to cause us to look at the world, our self, and life’s circumstances differently. It can be a conscious event or even happen subconsciously. It may be a “light bulb”, fireworks, “Aha moment” or very gradual. It may be the result of attaining enough experience and wisdom. It is hard to determine. Happiness can occur when we no longer allow outside circumstances to rule and govern us. An internal switch is “flipped” and we start living from the inside-out. We take control and determine how we allow life and things to affect us. We start to live on our own terms “above the fray”.

Challenge: You have a sense of being either happy or unhappy. Chances are if you are happy, your inner self is in balance.  If unhappy, you probably realize that adjustments need to be made to your approach to life.  The question is, “Is this worth doing?” The answer is, “Your Happiness Is at Stake”. It requires a decision, a determination, and a commitment to an overhaul from the inside out. You have everything to gain. Go ahead.

Wisdom:. Rules for Happiness: something to do, someone to love, something to hope for.” Immanuel Kant

Spiritual: (NIV)

In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:6

Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down.  Philippians 4:7

They that know God will be humble; they that know themselves cannot be proud

The quest to find happiness is something everyone can relate to, especially as we get older and wiser. Sadly, it seems that those who actually acquire a state of happiness seem to be few in number. It would seem that perhaps we do not understand it or know how to acquire it. The truth is that to really be happy involves a state of inner peace and well-being. We are unable to be truly at peace without a right relationship with God.

Prayer: Help me to understand that happiness comes from within and from you.



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