Besides personal growth and the realization of more of our potential, the philosophy of personal accountability has another facet to it – personal happiness. And no one is more responsible for our personal happiness than we are. So, think about this: What does it take to make you happy?
Some people think that if they only had this or that particular thing or a certain amount of money, they would be happy. Others believe that if they were only in love with someone wonderful who loved them back, then they would be happy. And there are still others who believe that if a miracle would occur and cure someone they love of an illness, then that would make them happy. And they would all be correct.
But there is something else in the mix, something that takes happiness to another level. You see, happiness is a choice you make, not something that does or doesn’t happen to you. You can choose to be happy right now, no matter what you have or don’t have. You just need to make that decision.
The first step toward finding your own happiness is gratitude. If you develop and heighten your powers of appreciation by focusing on the beauty in your life instead of the imperfections, you will be halfway there.
It is a guarantee that you will see an abundance of beauty in your life, regardless of your surroundings or circumstances, if only you will look for it. When you use this power of focus, the world opens up to you. Your mind won’t let you ignore it. And once you can see it, appreciate it! And not just intellectually. When you allow it, this attitude of the mind will give you real joy.
Let’s face it – life is too short to be unhappy. The time to be happy is now. The place to be happy is here. And the reasons to be happy are all around you. So, what are you waiting for?