The word "happy" is one that comes bearing gifts, these gifts being the different set of sights, sounds and smells that we associate the feeling with. For some of us, happiness is found in the scent of salt hanging in the air and the sound of ocean waves rolling onto the shore. Others will draw up an image of a favorite memory, perhaps strolling down a street lit up by Christmas lights or playing with a puppy. These perceptions of happiness vary from person to person, but its origins are the same--happiness is always something that comes from within.
This seems to be something that is forgotten in Western society, as many of us are told that in order to feel happy, we must first tick an item off of our achievement list or purchase the right clothes, car, house, etc..
In reality, the more that we place an emphasis on acquiring external things and outcomes in order to feel happy, the more that we make happiness inaccessible to us.
Happiness is often put off for a later time-- when we lose the weight, when we buy the house, when we have published a book, and so on and so on. As time passes and we hit the external markers of success we have set for ourselves, the feelings of joy and satisfaction are fleeting, as our visions expand and we set new, increasingly higher success markers.
So, what if instead of chasing things in order to obtain positive emotion, we pursued the feelings we are after and allowed the material things to come as a byproduct of feeling good?
While it takes an investment of time and resources to acquire external things and achievements, happiness is available to everyone in this very moment. It all simmers down to a matter of choice.
Regardless of our external circumstances, we can choose to reach for feelings of happiness, gratitude, abundance, joy, love and well-being.
It's as simple as returning to the first set of sights, sounds and smells that come to mind at the mention of the word "happy".
Conscious Ink Staffer
Amanda Brown is a wellness blogger and a member of the Conscious Ink Team at our home office in Bend, OR. She is passionate about helping people find peace with where they are at while pursuing their best, most fulfilling lives. For more of her work, you can head over to her blog at www.liminalwellness.com.