“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.”

Marcus Aurelius


A few nights ago we had a conversation about happiness and what exactly happiness means. It’s easy to define sadness, grief, and anger, but happiness?

It’s a goal most of us have, to be happy, but it certainly has different meanings to different people and for different reasons. Some of us find happiness in relationships, careers, family, pets, sports, or hobbies. I asked the question on Facebook and found as many answers as people. Happiness is a very personal thing with no clear answer as to what it is or means. I did notice that not one person said happiness was about wealth, possessions, or careers. Almost everyone thought it was a choice you make, regardless of your circumstances.

I realized years ago that happiness is a state of mind. A choice you make, just to be happy. To give yourself time everyday to appreciate the sun or the stars and to be grateful. Happiness for me is found in the quite moments of the morning, sitting beside Krista reading or watching a movie, walking together with no place in particular to go.

You can be happy, no matter what life gives you. I hope today you find it.

Why Practice Happiness?

Numerous studies have found that happiness improves many aspects of our lives, such as:

  • Happiness is good for our health: Happier people are less likely to get sick, and they live longer.

  • Happiness is associated with more satisfying romantic relationships as well as stronger friendships.

  • Happier people have better careers.

  • Happier people are more generous towards others.

  • Happier people cope better with stress and trauma.

  • Happier people are more creative and are better able to see the big picture.