Happiness sometimes eludes most people because they are looking so far beyond themselves that it is nowhere to be found. What's not understood is happiness is not to be found but realized. If you're too busy searching for it you'll miss the simplest revelation of what it is.
Number one: happiness has to be found within. When you learn this fundamental truth you're halfway there.
Number two: There is no external happiness. You can have lots of money, power, possessions, and none of these things will ever bring you even close to real happiness.
Number three: If you live to please people you'll live in a perpetual cycle of disappointment. People have a tendency to be very fickle. Most aren't interested or invested in your true happiness. They may pretend to care or even have the greatest intention to care but when you really test them you'll discover they truly never cared at all. That's why friendships don't span a lifetime. They come and they go so don't rely on friendships to make you happy either.
Number four: If you believe beauty is the key to happiness then you've completely missed the point. Beauty fades and when you're no longer beautiful what will you do?
You'd be surprised how easy it is to realize what happiness is. Realizing happiness is as simple as changing your perspective. It can be realized right now and today. It's not something that happens in the future when something is achieved or acquired it is a choice you make every second of everyday.
Happiness comes from an understanding that tomorrow is never promised and if today were your last what would matter most to you? "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery but today is a gift that is why it is called the present" - author unknown (The origin is uncertain, although it's clear that the phrase is ancient and that it predates modern English. The earliest known record is from St. Marher, 1225). Each day is a gift and all you have to do is live in it.
this sentiment is more artfully expressed in Emily Dickinson's poem #1292,
"Yesterday is History."
Yesterday is History,
'tis so far away --
yesterday is Poetry,
'tis Philosophy --
Yesterday is Mystery --
Where it is today --
While we shrewdly speculate
Flutter both away
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