Happiness: It starts with you

What is happiness? This is probably one of the oldest questions of all time – one that has been asked since time began, and one that is still asked today. You would think that with all of our ancient wisdom, revolution and our present technological advances, we would have finally answered this million dollar question.  However the ultimate definition seems to be as elusive as happiness itself.  What we do know is this: Happiness does not come pouring like rain from the outside; instead, it springs forth from within.

The Outside World

We have been told time and again that true happiness is not brought about by indulging in materialistic desires. Yet, here we are, working regular day jobs and hoping to earn more money in order to buy ‘the next big thing’. This way of life can be attributed to the kind of lifestyle that this generation is brought up in.  A lifestyle of consumerism where people are conditioned to think that the more you have, the happier you are supposed to be.

Sure, this indulgence may bring a short respite and joy for the weary and sad, but these effects don’t tend to last long. While you are smiling and laughing, you may feel a pang inside that you just can’t seem to shake off. Even family and friends and those closest to you cannot do anything about this ‘thing’ that we feel.  They may be able to alleviate the emptiness and void, but ultimately it begins and ends with you.

It’s All about You

Happiness has been defined and explained in so many ways, and one of the most famous and accepted reasonings is that true happiness comes from the inside. This kind of happiness cannot be bought with money, nor can it be provided by family and friends.

Much like love, happiness is mutual, and the only way to get it is to give it. When happiness radiates from you, those people will be able to reciprocate the feeling.

All things need to start somewhere, and in the case of happiness, it needs to start with you. When you do learn to be happy within, everything else falls into place: self-esteem, self-respect, satisfaction and content – all of those things that contribute to the totality true and genuine happiness.

If you or someone you know is suffering with these feelings, please ensure help is seeked.