Happiness

JOY AND HAPPINESS; HAPPINESS AND JOY!! What is joy and happiness and do you have it in your life? If the answer is no, welcome to the real world because most people spend their whole life searching for happiness and never find it. My experience is, many people are sad more than half of the time, but cannot identify what the common thread is in their life that is causing their sadness. Not only do people not know the cause of the discord in their lives, they do not know how to remedy it once they identify it. In my work, I see many people that are hurting and are emotionally, psychologically and emotionally in pain. There is a lot of pain and sadness in our world today. People will seek out ‘quick fixes’ in their quest to find happiness and many will never find it. Merriam-Webster tells us that happiness is “good fortune, prosperity”. It also states happiness is a state of well-being and contentment, ‘joy’.

I say that true happiness is joy and it is what we are in search of. We are all looking for inner peace which transcends our lives to joy. “Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions” – Dalai Lama. I would take that quote a step further and say, happiness is joy that is not only achieved by action, but also acquired from how we think. Our perspective and outlook on life, as well as our action, defines us. In our search for peace and happiness, often we are told to take a chance, quit what you are doing and then go out to do what you really would love to do. Well, if you can do that, go for it. Myself? I am a planner for the future and I am not a risk taker. I would love to quit my job but realistically it isn’t going to happen. I am into job security. Having said that, I have to look within myself and find what I can change that will give me inner peace and joy. Every morning when I get up and prepare for work, I have that ‘heroic hour’ where I have to rethink what I will choose my attitude will be that day before I go to work. I am tired of work and I often do not enjoy my job. I have to direct my mind into a positive direction. We all have make choices. In the forefront of my mind, I display my gratitude list. I appreciate all those things or people in my life that am blessed to have. I am very fortunate to have a good job; there are many people out that are out of work and would give anything for a job. I think of those people that I work with who have significant physical and mental issues. I realize how fortunate I am that I do not have the difficulties that many of these individuals have. I think of those individuals who grew up in a household that was abusive and without love. I am very fortunate that I grew up with wonderful parents. I have a loving spouse and my children are the epitome of love, charity and they give hope to many in the work they do. I could not be more proud. I have a support system that many people do not have. I challenge you to count your blessings, whatever they may be , as you can always look around and see someone worse off than you. If you life is missing something, then I challenge you to take action. “We must become the change we want to see” -Mahatma Gandhi.

One final comment that I have is, I would tell any of you that a belief in God will help you find the answers that you may not have been able to find elsewhere. If nothing else in your life has worked, then you have nothing to loose. People will search their whole life, often searching in the wrong places and will never find what they are looking for. If you have tried everything, without success, try looking upwards. Find faith and a belief in God. “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you. “For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it shall be opened” (Matthew 7: 7-12).

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