"When I was five years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”
Happiness -the word is thrown around quite freely. In culture and advertising and just about everywhere you look. In this time and age, happiness is associated with material things and many people spend a lot of time running after it only to find it out of their grasp.
An Idea of 'Happy'
Happiness, according to me is an art and like any other form of art, it must be practiced and improved over time. The common themes that make up the world in which we live- work and travels, the care and growth of children, managing a family and home, and on and on—these things can feel so ordinary, even tedious at times.
Sometimes it is easier to believe that change would bring happiness- how many times have we thought that if only I could have this or go here, if only I thought of this before, I would be happier. I am sure we are all guilty of this at some point in our life. I have fallen into this trap more often that I'd like to admit. However, it is not as easy as it sounds. If we attain one of those things, it will not be long before we start to look for the next new thing. The more we continue to seek happiness through materialistic things, the more discontent our life will be.
The question to ask is, How do we gain happiness from the monotonous routine of everyday life?. I believe that being grateful for little things is the secret. It requires us to retrain our eyes to see the amazing beauty in the little things around us. It could be your daughter's sleeping form or maybe your partner's silly antics in the morning. The more time we stop and train ourselves to just absorb those few minutes of pleasure, the more it will become second nature and life will become a lot more happier in general.
Lately, I’ve begun to make sure of acknowledging the beauty of the little things in my life everyday and expressing thankfulness for it, I’ve come to realize how happy I have been all along. It only took a change in attitude for me to see it.