Happiness is a lifestyle. It’s not a location nor is it something that we have to “find”. It has no more to do with the car that cuts you off in traffic than it does than it does with landing the dream job…. Because “the secret” to happiness is that it’s not about them or about “it”–it’s about YOU!
Happiness is about the eyes that you wake up with in the morning…or should I say that happiness is the heart that you choose to adorn each morning. Happiness is your spiritual wardrobe–the “little black dress of Life” that fits perfectly at any occasion, that looks great and that can be accessorized with just about anything. Like any wardrobe item, it is up to you to pull it out of the closet on any given day. It is not a school uniform. No one is going to force you to wear it.
Choosing to adorn oneself with happiness means letting go of some of the “cause and effect” behavior that we have learned over the years. If someone behaves one way, you may choose your reaction based on how this reaction will ultimately serve you.
Choosing to embrace the power of happiness means visiting a new “mental gym” and developing new mental muscles. Choosing happiness means toning up the spiritual flab and pursuing an emotional 6-pack with the same enthusiasm that many pursue a physique that will turn heads.
Being happy is a richness that is much deeper than feeling happy. Feeling happy typically means that your emotions are responding to your environment and that this outer stimulus is making your thoughts (and therefore your emotions) feel good.
BEING happy means that you have learned to recognize and to deliberately allow your mind to harvest from your experience the “mental health food ” that infuses you with more consistent optimism, more power and more appreciation of the value of the upside and “downside” of experience.
Yes, happiness is a vast wealth accessible to all and waiting to be cultivated. Happiness offers itself in the feel of a soft pillow or the smell of clean sheets. Happiness offers itself in the job loss that ended up inspiring the new booming business. Happiness offers itself in the words of a child or the wagging tail of a dog. Happiness offers itself in the spontaneous giggles inspired by a new commercial or by the exquisite peace inspired by Debussy.
Living happiness means soaking in a friend’s laughter…taking time to bathe in the scent of a freshly cut lawn or the first fires of autumn or the smell of freshly baked bread as one zooms past a bakery.
Living happiness means understanding the value of focusing wisely. Living happiness means freeing oneself of the “obligation” to react negatively to something in one’s environment. Living happiness means understanding that “reality” is not synonymous with problems…that we are not required to disempower ourselves by searching and destroying the “wrongs” in every picture.
Living happiness means embracing this essence as a viable reality–rocket fuel for human potential. Joy taps into the energy of pure “flow” and unleashes our potential to unfold into all that we are.
Living happiness is genuine… Not to be confused with “putting on a happy face”. When you tone those “happiness muscles”, your inner laser shifts from scouring the horizon for problems to scouring the horizon for evidence of well being. Both elements are present. Both are real. One empowers. One embitters.
Yes, happiness is a lifestyle. Adopt it with gusto! Savor the leafy green thoughts and keep the head aches at bay. Revel in your blossoming spiritual 6-pack and wear the strength of your inner joy with pride.
You are here to think great thoughts and to stride powerfully ahead into the future of your imagining. Be proud of your ability to choose the reality of optimism. Dance. Run. Muse. Invigorate! And by all means, LIVE! In 4-D, 5-D or even 10-D high def Dolby Life! Take the reins and reclaim the happiness lifestyle of your childhood with the powerful desire of your adulthood.
THIS is Life at its most promising. Your moment is now. Seize it. Love it. And let your happiness define you in all of its glory!