THE HAPPY CHOICE
Whoever said happiness is a state of mind, I’d say was unfair. I believe happiness is a choice – a conscious decision to stay focused on all those values, relationships and activities that fill your heart and mind with unadulterated joy. To me, once you choose to be happy and decide to pursue all those priorities that fill you with contentment, you create a blueprint for a life free of regrets, sadness and a corrosive sense of cynicism.
If you are one to believe my perception of happiness is hedonistic and represents a self-absorbed perspective of life, then to you I say, only when your heart is filled with happiness would it spill over to seep into the lives of those you come in contact with, enriching and inspiring them. Else, it’ll remain a sponge – and a needy one at that – always seeking, expecting and dependent on others for emotional salvation.
Once you CHOOSE to be happy and decide to PURSUE all the priorities that fill you with CONTENTMENT, you create a BLUEPRINT for a life FREE of regrets, SADNESS and a corrosive sense of CYNICISM
Coming back to why the adage, happiness is a state of mind, is unfair. For, whoever said so created two sets of people – one that’s blessed with a happy state of mind, to whom staying positive is a default attitude, and another striving to be a part of that exclusive club.
You could also say that achieving happiness by just creating a blueprint is easier said than done. But I believe it is the first – and most vital – step towards that goal. Once you read the feature ‘Are you struggling with regrets?’ on page 30, you too will agree that regrets take over our lives when we stray from all those priorities that are instrumental to our emotional well-being. So, go ahead and make a what-makes-mehappy list and start working on it. And if you are racked with regret for having wandered off the list, then it is never too late to get back to the drawing board and make amends.
Let me know what you think,