Where does your happiness come from? Do you rely on external sources to give you joy? Most of us have grown up creating rules for what it takes for us to be happy. As a child, it might have been receiving the right Christmas gift, or a good grade at school, winning the game, or meeting the right friend. Often these rules are set so high, either by others expectations or our own, that satisfying them can be very challenging. Any time we rely on external things to make us happy, we often end up frustrated or anxious.
What if we saw happiness as a choice? We can choose happiness at any moment if we so desire. We have the ability to establish our own rules for life. For example, ‘I am breathing, therefore I am happy.’ ‘I am alive on planet Earth, therefore my life is blessed.’ ‘The sun came up today, therefore I am filled with joy.’ When we allow ourselves to feel joy in each moment, then life becomes a constant blessing that fills us with gratitude. Be Mindful… Pause… Connect!