Yesterday was International Happiness Day. It was established in 2012 by the United Nations to help people realize the importance of happiness within their lives. (Notice with the word “within”).
I believe "HAPPINESS" gets misinterpreted a lot of the time. Many times when I’m teaching about happiness, there’s a negative connotation about it before I ever step on the stage.
The things I imagine people saying in their head before I walk out on the stage are:
“We are focusing on happiness today? How is this going to help us?”
“Oh great, some butterflies and sunshine person is here to tell us all to be happy.”
What’s interesting is that when I explain the science of happiness, I usually get 2000 people looking back at me with new eyes and captivated attention.
Because I’m quick to tell people this is not about butterflies, rainbows, and sunshine.
It’s about understanding how and why we chase happiness and why it doesn’t work.
Our culture, magazines, media, TV, etc are always feeding us who and what we should be in order to be happy. So we chase all of those things thinking they are the golden tickets in life.
And this causes overwhelming stress, pressure, more unhappiness, and not-enough-ness. This leaves us feeling unsatisfied and unfulfilled.
Happiness is a feeling that can only come from within, which means YOU create it. It’s about doing the work within YOU to overcome your negative thoughts and habits and learning to reconnect with the innermost parts of your soul and the purpose that is within.
I believe it’s time to rethink and relearn happiness and when we learn to do the inner work on ourselves, we begin to improve all the other areas of our lives.
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