“All seasons are beautiful for the person who carries happiness within.” — Horace Friess
Things will not make you happy. This is true for everything. If you want that dream house, it may give you a boost of happiness, but it won’t last.
Even winning the lottery won’t last. Your happiness levels will return to their previous set point and you will be back trying to get more things.
The solution is to realize that things will not make you happy. Happiness in life comes from the inside, and it’s available right here, right now.
Stop looking for more things and start looking inside.
“If you can learn to love yourself and all the flaws, you can love other people so much better. And that makes you so happy.” -Kristin Chenoweth
If you could just find your soul mate, you would be complete, right?
Even if you find your soul mate, it may sooner or later turn sour, unless you’ve done the inner work.
You have to be willing to find happiness within. No partner can make you happy, and if you think they can, you will try to change them, which will lead to suffering.
There will always be something, even in the most perfect partner, that you don’t like, or that doesn’t live up to your expectations.
Learn to love yourself first.
“You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.”― Albert Camus
And that brings us to our next mistake, which is striving.
This could be striving for happiness, or for something to alleviate the apparent suffering in your life.
It’s something you hope will come and fix everything. And the reality is that it’s not going to happen, not if you’re looking for it.
The simple answer to finding happiness in your life is to stop looking for it. Stop trying so hard. Welcome what is.
And let life take care of itself.
Welcome even the feelings you’ve labeled as negative.
Welcome it all in, and let it be.
Let life be.
I need to read this every day until I remember it. If I’m not happy it’s because I’m not allowing myself to be. That makes so much sense and it’s what I’ve been told all along.
I’ll carry you through the woods and fuck your butt.