Many of us know that our efforts to control that which is uncontrollable can never produce true happiness. Consider how many times we think about things that we are sure would make our life happier. We are very adept at convincing ourselves that if only we made more money, found a new job, had a better relationship with our spouse, or moved to another city, we would finally “be happy”. Most of us realize that long-term, heart-felt happiness is cultivated from within and not by external things or events. Happiness begins with us and is simply determined by how we choose to look at the world around us and our response to those events out of our control.
Quick Tip: Want to increase your sense of well-being and happiness? Take a few minutes each week and write down what you are grateful for in your life. Taking time to recognize and reflect on “good” events and things in your life, no matter how small they may seem, is a quick way to lift your mood and create a sense of well-being.
“In our daily lives, we must see
That it is not happiness that makes us grateful,
But the gratefulness that makes us happy.” ~Albert Clarke