Illuminations In The Night:

Happiness Bursts From Within

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” – Dalai Lama XIV

Happiness is not something that is prescribed to you by others, nor is it a state of being dependent on the stability or positivity of the world around you. Instead, happiness comes from within, from the perspective you have on life and how you choose to act as a result. Though elements extrinsic to yourself can make attaining happiness easier, If you’re unhappy, you alone must actively work to change that state of mind by shifting your outlook and engaging in new behaviors or actions.

“Do not look for happiness outside yourself. The awakened seek happiness inside.” – Peter Deunov

Those who wait for happiness to magically enter their lives, those whose level of contentment is decided by forces outside of themselves, are likely to remain unhappy, perhaps indefinitely. Instead, when the ability to be happy emanates from within, you will find that you carry it with you always, creating a perspective that allows you to be more resilient and to attain lasting happiness far more often. You’re never going to be able to stop the upsets in life, but a positive outlook will help to ingrain a sense of joy against even the greatest of challenges.

“Happiness can only be achieved by looking inward & learning to enjoy whatever life has and this requires transforming greed into gratitude.” – John Chrysostom

Gratitude and happiness, it seems, are two feelings that are innately linked. The more grateful you are, the more positivity you see in the world around you, the happier you’re likely to become. After all, you’ll have every reason to be happy when you’re finally able to perceive everything around you, every opportunity and every challenge, as a gift. Learn to celebrate, to enjoy yourself and everything in your life, each and every day.

“If you want to be happy, do not dwell in the past, do not worry about the future, focus on living fully in the present.” – Roy T. Bennett

When you focus on the past, you focus on what was, but is no longer. When you focus on the future, you covet or fret about what may be, but is not. Unquestionably, there are many times where fixating on the past or future can be productive, but your default state of mind should always be anchored firmly in the present. Only by living in the here and now can you be fully aware of your senses, of the reality you actually inhabit rather than the thoughts that race through your mind.  The true path to lasting happiness is found through a strong sense of gratitude for the present moment.

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” – Mahatma Gandhi

To be happy means different things to each individual person, but there is surely an underlying theme of harmony in all those who attain it, even in those who grasp it only briefly. It is a state of being that describes the culmination of many different facets of body and mind, amalgamated. Only through inner peace, through acceptance, through gratitude and being genuine with yourself and others, will you find truthful, lasting happiness.