All we really want in life is to be happy! As stunning as this astounding discovery may seem, what is not quite as obvious is how to attain this worthy ideal.
Everything we do is related in some way, shape or form to our search for happiness. The mate we choose, the job we select, our desire to have children or not and the people we choose to be around. Along the way these decisions frequently seem to be errors in judgment and instead of bringing us happiness, instead they bring anxiety and anguish.
What happened? Did we really make a mistake or was some other dynamic taking control? It is not "things" or "people" who make us "unhappy," rather our perception of what is happening. Notwithstanding, there are three things which can lead us to be happier regardless of the circumstances. We can all do our best to internalize the following characteristics.
HEALTH: It's much easier for someone in good physical shape to be happy. While it is possible for an unhealthy person to be happy, physical well-being makes it much easier. When we eat well and exercise regularly, our energy and drive instantly change for the positive. To achieve our goals and desires, it's fundamental we have the resources necessary. While some of these things are "beyond" our control, many are "within" our control. Taking care of our body as if it were a sacred temple rather than a wrecked ruin gives us vitality, strength and enthusiasm to achieve all we desire.
WEALTH: If we have the option to choose between being "wealthy" or "poor," it is obvious we would choose prosperity. Let's look at different types of wealth. To the chagrin of many, material wealth is important. Anyone who says money is not important hasn't been to the supermarket lately. We need money and other kinds of material wealth to fully enjoy this marvelous journey we call life. Equally important is inner wealth and this type of prosperity has no limits. In this instant, we can all become "wealthier" by simply giving thanks for all we have rather than lamenting what we don't have. Prosperity is measured as much by the number of zero's in our bank account as by the richness of our emotional bank account.
WISDOM: People who are wise have problems like anyone else. What sets them apart from the rest is their ability to see the world from a different perspective. Beginning with our very first breath, challenge lurks around every corner. Those who see obstacles as a norm are able to flow and grow. Those who continually strive to know more about our world and themselves discover quickly it is a never ending search. What we do not know will always be greater than what we know. Yet the power and value of a single idea has no limit. When we are willing to continually grow, life turns into an adventure to enjoy rather than a chore to endure.
Being happy is a decision, not an obligation. When we are Healthy, Wealthy and Wise, happiness becomes the rule rather than the exception.