Happiness. Are you happy? The great thing about happiness is that it is something you can artificially manufacture. There are many things that you can’t do that with. Grades, success, family, finances. These things are firmly set, you can change them, but sometimes it takes a while. The great thing about happiness is that something terrible can happen, and you can still have joy in your life. The great thing about happiness is that it can be made out of nothing. You can be happy with your life, no matter what. Happiness is great, and the fact that we can create it out of nothing is astonishing.
Are you happy? What brings long-lasting joy to your life? Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.” A by-product of what? A job well done. A day spent with your family. A good book read. A day with your spouse. These are all good things, but you can still be happy through the toughest times of your life. What she is saying is that we shouldn’t do things to make us happy. We should be happy with what we do. Do you understand that? So many people go out and buy things to make them happy. Big screen TV’s, alcohol, houses, a pool for the back yard, cars, or drugs. Most people don’t buy these things just to have them, they buy them with the idea they will make them happy. This is a falsehood that commercials have done a very good job instilling into our society. Commercials make you think that if you have the right house, a big enough TV, or the right car, you will be happy. What they don’t say is that you can create happiness out of nowhere. That’s why happiness is in such a low amount around our nation and our world. People thing that they can just go buy happiness. They don’t know that you can’t buy happiness, it comes from within. Don’t have a goal of buying a car then being happy. Work hard, exercise, eat right, live a great life; these things create happiness. It’s not what you buy, but what you do that determines your happiness.
I hope you can create the happiness you have always longed for. I hope you can realize that material things don’t bring you happiness. Don’t be naïve and think that you will get joy and happiness out of the material things in life. Realize you can create your own happiness. You can manufacture your own joy. You can do anything you want with happiness, you can take it or leave it. I hope you take all you can get your hands on. I hope you can share it with others. Share it with others by spending time with them. Share it with others by helping them. Create your happiness. Create joy in your life. Then share the happiness. Share the joy. Live the happy, joyful life you’ve always dreamed of.