Is Happiness Around the Corner? 713.2

For lots of people, happiness is just around the corner. They just need to get their degree, a particular job, a promotion, or a raise. Maybe they’re waiting to get married or have a child. Perhaps they will be happy when they retire.

Alfred D’ Souza said, “For a long time it seemed to me that life was about to begin. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, or a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.” John Lennon put it another way, “Life is what happens while you are making other plans.”

The point is our lives are happening now. If we are to get the satisfaction and fulfillment we want, we have to learn to draw pleasure and joy from everything that happens to us and around us because these experiences are the very essence of our life. The more conscious we are that life consists of the journey, not the destination, the more likely we are to get the most out of it.

So, if there are things you want to do, begin to fit them in now or accept the fact that you can be happy whether or not you do them.

Happiness isn’t just around the corner. It’s now or it’s never.

The good news is you have everything you need to be happy. Philosophers, poets, and scientists all agree it can’t be attained through money, prestige, or power. Happiness is not a fact, it’s a mindset. All you need is optimism and gratitude.

This is Michael Josephson reminding you that character counts.

* This essay was inspired by a poem by Crystal Boyd that I found while researching happiness.

Comments 3

  1. I see what this comment means. I have seen some movies that show what this comment means. One example is Titanic, this movie shows how that Rose’s mother only wants her to marry Caledon Hockley for his money. At the end of the of movie she knew that she loved Jack Dawson even dough he was poor and low class. So this proves that you can not buy love with money or power.

  2. Your last paragraph says it all. Happiness is between your ears. My favorite quote is, ‘Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have.’ There is something comforting in this for me. I am very grateful for my life and what I have. When I have a bad day I remind myself to see the beauty all around. It’s the simple things like the old couple walking slowly down the street holding hands or a bird singing.

  3. Yes, attitude and choice make all the difference. Appreciation helps us to pay closer attention to where we are, be more effective and make better choices. Much of the fear dissolves in the face of the joy that brings, freeing up energy for us to do more toward personal and universal fulfillment. Thanks for the reminder.

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