When it comes to happiness, we have to remember that it comes from within. I’ve stated this in the past, but I think it bears repeating.
Our satisfaction with any experience gives us a feeling of fulfillment. But that happy feeling is dependent upon a choice. Contrary to popular belief, you can’t wake up on the wrong side of the bed. Each day, we choose how we want to live our lives. We choose to be happy or not.
Happiness is our natural state of being. Unfortunately, there are hundreds—if not thousands—of things that can bring us down. These opposing forces in life cause us friction. If we allow that friction to control our feelings, we will only find disappointment.
Our best option is to cast that friction aside and remember that our internal happiness is still there waiting to warm our spirit. When we are confronted with a problem and decide to challenge it as opposed to breaking down, we tap into that happiness.
A pleasant side effect of tapping into our happiness is improved health. Studies show that those with a positive well-being were more likely to eat healthier options, such as fresh fruit and vegetables, and be physically active. Happiness also builds our immune systems and reduces stress levels.
If we find ourselves feeling less than chipper, we can easily improve our mood by doing something nice for someone else. Kindness is not only virtuous, but it also makes us feel better. There is a positive feedback loop between kindness and happiness. When we do something nice for someone, and it will make us happy. When we are happy, we do nice things for others.
When we remember that happiness is always within us and share it with others, it will fill our hearts with joy. We should follow that joyful heart because it will always lead to happiness.