Sunday, October 19, 2014

What is Happiness?

Happiness is ________.

Happiness is tricky because it is unique to every single person on this planet.  Kinda crazy.

So how WOULD you describe it? Honestly, "What is Happiness?"

And while I am asking that question, I can't help by wonder why so many of us seem to live in a state of "unhappiness" (perhaps more easily defined) and continue to do so year after year after year.

I find it somewhat ironic that I am writing about this topic.  Not long ago, I had a very negative mindset.  In a lot of ways, I just felt trapped - feeling sorry for myself and being depressed felt like my only option.  Perhaps it was my perception, but everyone around me seemed extremely UNhappy too.  SO at least I didn't feel alone. Complaining was the only way to go through life, right?

Wrong. Finding the silver lining and pulling myself out of that downward spiral, I now have a better perspective.  I realized I gave way too much power to others and allowed them to control my feelings and emotions. It was a classic example of "Is the glass half empty or half full?" It was all about perspective.  I focused on the negative, even when there were so many positives surrounding me.



So think about the word happiness and what it means to you.  No one else can define it for you.

And the name of this blog finally came to me...Happily Ever Kate. I now live my live attempting to make choices that are going to contribute to my happiness and the happiness of my family and friends.  It has become a priority.

Beyond your own definition, I challenge you to think about what happiness means to the people that you love most in your life.  How can you contribute to their happiness today?

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