Happiness is a choice – not an outcome.
There is no point in pursuing happiness, despite what you’ve been told.
It can’t be found because it’s not out there somewhere for you to find.
You can’t become happy by doing anything or buying something or being with someone special or having some wild experience in some faraway exotic location.
You can have fun doing all of those things but none of them will bring you lasting happiness.
None of them lasts forever:events finish. new stuff gets old. people move one. holidays end.
The only way to be happy is by decision – by choosing to be happy.
Happiness is a mindset or an attitude that’s available to you at all times and in all circumstances.
Choosing to be happy is an act of self-empowerment.
When you understand your happiness is not dependent on anyone or anything but yourself, you can give yourself permission to be happy despite what’s going on around you.
Stop chasing it.
Simply be what you want to be: happy.
Peter Mulraney is the author of My Life is My Responsibility: Insights for Conscious Living.