Happiness is not a place; it’s an attitude

Many times we have this false idea that we will be happy if we go to a certain place or spend time with certain people. When I was a kid I would see other kids in the neighborhood base their happiness on the toys their parents bought them or the places they went to. I’m grateful that my parents helped me avoid this trap of basing my happiness on things and events. In High School and CollegeĀ I saw many kids who would say things like, “I can’t wait to graduate? I’ll be so happy!” When I started working, I would meet so many people at work who would say, “I can’t wait to go home. I’ll be so happy!”.

Happiness is an attitude. It’s not about where we are or what we are doing but about the kind of mindset we live with. We can choose to be happy regardless of our situations, circumstances or engagements. Choosing to be happy means making a decision that we will not allow our present reality define our state of mind. We can, and should, be happy regardless of our circumstances.

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