Monday 14 September 2009

Happiness is...?

It's a good question - What is happiness?

There is no real definition of happiness and I can't really tell you what happiness is, but I can tell you what makes me happy right now. This is my happiness list (in no particular order);

Eating a bag of peanut m&m's all to myself

When Manchester United win

Reading a good book or watching one of my favourite TV programmes/films

Seeing my god-children and realising how grown up they get each time I see them

Sharing a smile with a stranger

Making a music playlist

Sitting in the sunshine

Seeing a beautiful rainbow
Having a good laugh - you know the ones that make your sides hurt!

Spending time with friends and family

Happiness can not really be described or calculated - it can only be felt, and experienced. Quotes like these can give us a clue

"Remember happiness doesn't depend upon who you are or what you have; it depends solely on what you think."
-- Dale Carnegie

"It is a sad thing to look at happiness only through another's eyes."
-- Marquerite Blessington

"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."
-- Gandhi

And, this one by Woody Allen:

"I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose."

I believe the key to happiness is to stop pursuing it, to realise that happiness awaits...within yourself... in all of us.

It's about accepting yourself, your life, your situation, and enjoying all of these things without wishing for more.

It also means you accept your mistakes and have the desire to start all over again. Happiness is not perfection but learning to accept your own shortcomings. For as long as you believe in yourself, others will accept and believe in you. For as long as you know how to give love, love will be given back to you ten folds.

What is on your happiness list?


Doonytime said...

1. A sunny day
2. My children
3. Making someone smile
4. Listening to laughter
5. Standing on a hill with a beautiful view

I have a 'happy' disposition. There is no point being down-in-the-dumps. Life is too short. Not sure who said it, but: "Laugh and the world laughs with you. Cry and you cry alone."
Too true.

Stay Happy.

Sassy said...

i have to say, this post really got me thinking and heres my list:

1. My family
2. the sun (not the newspaper!)
3. chocolate - always raises a smile!
4. daily dose of Loose Women
5. saying "hello" to everyone i meet (they either smile and say hello back, or give a strange look - either one makes me smile)

I am happy most of the time and am great at making others smile - especially my kids! i wake them up by singing every morning and although they moan, they still smile! :-) xx

Sarah said...

Thank you both for sharing your lists!

Anonymous said...

Good one on happiness and it helps a lot.

Karim - Mind Power