Define Your Own Happiness – Day 97 of 365 Days to a Better You

Can you define happiness for you?

What makes you happy? Do you know?

The vast majority of people say they want to be happy in life. For a topic so important, many go through life without ever really defining what it means for them.

The Declaration of Independence enshrines happiness in the American consciousness.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

You probably are among those pursuing happiness, but have you ever really taken the time to determine what makes you happy? Some of the all-time greats have tried to define happiness. Their definitions may guide you on the path, but you are the only one who can truly decide what makes you happy.

Here are a few of my favorite definitions of happiness and descriptions of the pursuit of happiness. Give them a look and really think about this question. What would truly make you happy?

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
~Mahatma Gandhi

The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.
~Socrates

The myriad things are complete in us. There is no greater joy than to reflect on ourselves and become sincere.
~Mencius

Happiness is like a butterfly; the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.
~Henry David Thoreau

Happiness depends on ourselves.
~Aristotle

There is no path to happiness. Happiness is the path.
~Buddha

What can you glean from these quotes? Happiness, it would seem, is something that is aligned with being your true self, aligning with your true path, basically being authentically you.

How are you doing that right now? How are you not doing that right now? How could you do more of it?

Happiness may be that elusive butterfly, but you, my friend, are born to attract it.

Ray

Just a reminder. Tomorrow begins our 10-Day Detox. I’ve had a couple people share what they are giving up. Beginning at midnight tonight, no soda (especially by beloved Dr. Pepper) will touch my lips for 10 days.

This, by the way, falls very much in line with John Stuart Mill’s quote about happiness.

“I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather than in attempting to satisfy them.”

 

 

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Ray Davis

I am the Founder of The Affirmation Spot, author of Annuanki Awakening, and co-founder of 6 Sense Media. My latest books are the Anunnaki Awakening: Revelation (Book 1 of a trilogy) and The Power to Be You: 417 Daily Thoughts and Affirmations for Empowerment. I have written prolifically on the topics of personal development and human potential for many years. By day, I write sales training for Fortune 100 company. I began studying affirmations and positive thinking after a life-threatening illness at 25. My thirst for self-improvement led him to read the writings of Joseph Campbell, Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, Neale Donald Walsch, and many other luminaries in the fields of mythology and motivation. Over time, I have melded these ideas into my own philosophy on self-development. I have written, recorded, and used affirmations and other tools throughout that time to improve my own life and I have a passion for helping other reach for their goals and dreams. Ray holds a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Secondary Education in Social Studies from University of Kansas. He lives in Framingham, MA with his wife and his black lab, Mia.

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