"There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way."~ Thich Nhat Hanh
If you ask most people what they want, they want to be happy. The quote above shares the wisdom of life; there is no external thing or person that will make you happy. You cannot seek happiness, it is not something that eludes you; happiness is within you. Once you practice acceptance of what is and choose not to struggle or suffer you will find gratitude in everyone and everything and you will experience true happiness. The Dalai Lama says, "If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion."
There is a story that when John Lennon was 5 years old, his mom always told him that happiness was the key to life. When he went to school, they asked him what I wanted to be when he grew up. He wrote down ‘happy.’ They told him that he didn’t understand the assignment and he told them that they didn’t understand life.
I agree with John Lennon and his mom that happiness and contentment is the key to life. I concur with Thich Nhat Hanh that happiness is the way. I will express gratitude for this amazing life and practice compassion.
Are you happy?
What will you do to bring more happiness into your life?
Peggy Steffens is an artist and Chopra Certified Meditation Instructor
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