Where Does Lasting Happiness Come From?
“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.” – Marcus Aurelius
The lasting happiness we seek is inside. We won’t discover it in material things or special people.
Material things deal out temporary highs; highs that last until we crave the next best thing. The one with a status symbol logo. The one with extra features. The different color. The newest version. Things satisfy while they are all shiny and new. They disappoint when they break. Can lasting happiness be caught in the material things that come and go? No. The happiness that lasts comes from within.
Special people gift us temporary joys; joys that last until we desire what they can’t be. The one with society’s image of youthful beauty. The one with humor for our day. The defender of our pride. The supporter of our ego. People satisfy while they conform to our will. They disappoint when they don’t. Can lasting happiness be revealed in the special people around us? No. The happiness that lasts comes from within.
Explore inside for the lasting happiness. It’s buried by negative thoughts and emotions. It’s below the anger and regrets of the past. Under the anxiety and fear of the future. Beneath the Ego. Remove those layers by living in the present. Create space in the mind. The space we clear is where we discover inner peace, our purpose, lasting happiness, and the source of our creation.
Claim it, and the material things you need will be few. Claim it, and special people you will love anew.
Where do you seek lasting happiness?
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2 thoughts on “Where Does Lasting Happiness Come From?”
nNice read, Brian. No doubt that happiness comes from within. Things of this world just don’t cut it. In my opinion, happiness is at one end of the spectrum, like sadness is at the other. I like to be ‘content’ — content with it all, happy, sad, or somewhere inbetween. That way, you live life on life’s terms. Happiness, though, is a helluva lot more fun…
Thanks Dan. You have a great perspective. I agree, we shouldn’t resist the other realities of life. Peace!