The Happiness Conundrum
29 June 2018
Have you ever asked yourself the question, “What is happiness?”
I have spent a lot of time thinking about this question over the years. I’ve also had many discussions with friends and family as to what really makes us happy.
One thing I have observed is that many people view happiness as something connected to the future. They will say things like, “I’ll be happy when I get that house or that job or… I’ll be happy when I’m on holidays or relaxing on the weekend”.
It’s true, weekends, jobs and holidays can certainly add to our happiness bucket, but should happiness have such a short life span?
We often short-change ourselves by simply connecting happiness with things or events. Happiness is very much an attitude of the heart. It is something we can have each day, even in the mundane.
As a teacher I have enjoyed many times just talking with students and living the moment with them as they grow and develop. I love to hear about their hopes and dreams, their challenges and all the things that create the great tapestry of life.
The great Abraham Lincoln once said, “Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be”. Make up your mind to be happy now!