If we determine a focus on what is good and right, even during hardship, happiness finds us. Seeking happiness counter intuitively prevents its discovery because it cannot be forced. Happiness is the wonderful byproduct of attitude and outlook.
The impression that happiness should be (or can be) a constant state of being is illusory. We are flawed and life is imperfect. We will feel the sting of disappointment, heartbreak, boredom, and failure. Life is far too complex to assume the measure of control exists necessary to guarantee one’s happiness as a constant in extant forms of free will or medication.
Acceptance and attitude during experienced states of unhappiness is paramount. Being unhappy spurs us to hope for happiness. It motivates us to change our circumstances and attitudes, or create new goals and practices. And once happiness is again experienced, it is thanks to our previous unhappiness that we have an increased sense of appreciation for what we have found.
Suffering has its unique merits and lessons, so while life is a journey, it is also a classroom. Our quality of progression depends on perception and perspective. What we learn and how we choose to apply that knowledge impacts the quality of life for us and for others. Moreover, like ripples on a pond, they extend beyond the present to influence and inform the future.
Consistently hope for happiness, even in your most depressed moments. Hoping for happiness is as simple as a happy thought, noting a kind gesture, or repaying one forward.
Happiness is a chosen, hopeful core…a point of light in the dark…a destination of goodness that serves as the constant North of your compass 🙂
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