Happiness is something you feel inside. How can we possibly measure how much happiness and joy is really out there for the taking. Instead of trying to measure happiness, just work on feeling your happiness each and every day. Don’t judge your happiness based on a number or based on whether someone else might have more happiness than you. There’s plenty of happiness to go around, there will never be a shortage. There is an unlimited supply, use all you want. Don’t measure it, just feel it. Most of us have become so neurotic in our needs and wants that we have forgotten how to appreciate the simple, everyday joys and pleasures that life affords us. Happiness and joy are everywhere.
“Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it. You must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love
When you feel unhappy, notice whether this unhappiness is about others or yourself. What you will find most of the time is that your unhappiness is self-centered. Starting tomorrow, try to do something special for at least one person to give them joy. Promise yourself that from this point on, you will change your perspective and begin to notice and appreciate the moments of beauty, joy and happiness all around you. We will be happy because we are alive and we are blessed in so many ways.