Life-Coping Strategy: Being Happy

Have you ever noticed that the more you look so hard for something, the more it eludes you?  Yes, I’m talking about those pair of eyeglasses you’ve been searching high and low for, nearly turning the house upside down, only to find them hanging around your neck.  We often forget to realize that the very thing we look for is right under our nose.  The same holds true with happiness, I guess.

Man is on the endless quest for happiness.  We all long for that fairy tale ending, the happy ever after.  We want to experience all the good things in life, with nary a thread of pain or discomfort.  For most of us though, no matter how hard we look, we just can seem to find happiness.

As we know, life isn’t at all pleasant.  An author once said, “Life is difficult”.  Day in, day out, life oh so cruelly hurls all sorts of challenges at us, that sometimes all we can really do is duck.  So, how can we possibly find that pot at the end of the rainbow amidst all this turmoil?  Is being happy just a myth, then?  Will we ever find the key to lasting happiness?

The answer lies not outside, but within.  In order to really be happy, we should simply stop looking for it, and realize that it is inside of us.  That sense of wellness is something that’s been inside of us all along, just waiting to be discovered.  You have to pull it out from your innermost being, and once unleashed, make it grow and flourish.

How can we bring out happiness from within us, then?  What we can do is take some time to count our blessings.  Yes, it’s being thankful for your long, shiny hair, your healthy kids, and the people who love you.

Happiness is that extra whipped cream on your coffee, the warm sun kissing your cheeks, it’s seeing your baby walk for the first time.  Being happy is all about finding joy in the smallest of things.

God made us out of love, and when He did, He made sure to plant inside of us the seeds for happiness.  Now it’s up to us to bring them into fruition.

I thought I couldn’t write a blog post on happiness if I tried.  But I guess, I just did…

About Pepper

I am a single working mom, trying to raise my kid the best way I know how. Join me as I navigate my way through the jungle that is Single Mom-hood, armed with rose-colored glasses and strength of spirit. As pepper adds spice to food, so does my daughter add spice to my life. She makes life no less than…PEPPERRIFIC!

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  1. I really believe in this! It’s always how you choose to look at something, or to feel about something. We do have the ability to just decide to be happy. Thanks for this!

  2. Your blog was perfectly written. I so much agree with everything you have said. Right now, my lil’ girl (and of course, my family) is the happiness I am blessed with! There is nothing I could ask for for now. =) I’ll let life take it’s own course and just follow wherever it goes. =)

  3. Liked this post, Pepper. We can always find happiness, it’s around us and in us. I think sometimes we have to deal with the icky stuff to realize how ‘good’ the good stuff is. We could always be happier, we just have to learn to be content.

    • Yup, in order to appreciate the sweet, we must first taste the bitter :). Sometimes, they go together, don’t they?

  4. It’s something I always believed in- happiness comes from within, but I find it so difficult to actually do. I know apart of it is because we’re trained and taught to find happiness elsewhere, through money, a job, another person (relationship). I guess finding ways to redirect that thought process would be beneficial in the long run.

    Learning this happiness lesson is important, so that we can teach it to our children and impact those around us!

    Thanks for the reminder!

  5. vampirevernie says

    Happiness for me is drinking a good coffee while reading a book. Happiness is when you stop feeling selfish, self-absorbed and start doing something for others like being a volunteer.

  6. Happiness is the outward emotion of an inner joy. Knowing who you are, how God created you and His purpose for your life (today), leads to that inner joy and peace. Inner joy leads to outward happiness. It’s hard to be happy when you don’t know who you are or what your life means.

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