Are you happy?
The reality is that whatever our circumstances, we’re all eligible for happiness. Happiness does not choose. But we can.
We can choose…
Our daily lives are the product of our choices. It may sound simplistic but on a very basic level, we can allow our experiences to build our mood… or we can choose to let our mood build our experiences.
It’s worth asking yourself how dependent your internal happiness is on external events. Seriously – give that some thought! Do you sometimes sabotage your eligibility for happiness by seeking out the imperfect or the painful?
The rivers of our economies run deep with money made from the advertising executives convincing us that our internal happiness depends on a multitude of external factors. Magazine pages, TV screens and billboards cajole us to look a certain way, eat a particular diet or to buy the latest tech…
“Wear this!!” “Eat this!!” “Own this!!”
And what happen if we don’t fall in line with these calls to action?
Similarly, there are still many workplaces which enforce the notion that complying with the demands of the boss are the only ways to dodge the unhappiness brought by discipline or punishment.
What happens if we don’t conform?
The message implied in the actions of so many employers and marketers is that we are being judged. Furthermore, if we’re found to be lacking in some way, or if we fail to live up to the exacting standard that they set… well then, we should feel unhappy about that.
As a result, the fear of being judged or punished becomes an over-arching reality in many people’s lives which blocks out the sense of entitlement to simply be happy.
Okay – so the things above may not change in the near future BUT we can choose to respond to those external elements in a way that draws us closer to internal happiness. We can make that choice today.
In simple terms – how we choose to respond to the things that we can’t change in our lives – those things outside our circle of influence – can immediately change our lives for the better.
What choice will you make today?