As you move through the day, keep this thought in mind: happiness is a state of mind. It is a place to visit within yourself, and you can enter that paradise in any given moment. Though we may not feel joy in everything, we can feel joy in any given, waking moment.
“Happiness is a state of mind, a choice, a way of living; it is not something to be achieved, it is something to be experienced.” – Steve Maraboli
If happiness is a state of mind, the following list gathers a few thoughts on the topic. Whoever we are and whatever we are doing, we can silently repeat the mantra to ourselves: happiness is a state of mind. The quality of thought that you’re planting in your mind is the seed of a happy, fulfilling life.
So, let us not postpone happiness for the future, but let’s design it for the present. Let us not seek escape from reality, but let’s adjust our perspective so that we may see a new reality.
Happiness is a State of Mind
Happiness a state of consciousness where love and peace matter most. It’s where doing nothing is never boring, but it is peace. It’s a powerful energy that is only available in the moment we are deeply present in and a part of. Happiness is a deep harmonious inner acceptance, stillness, and appreciation.
When we realize that happiness is a state of mind, we remember that worry is not a friend of the present moment. Worry is a manipulation of the imagination, and it does nothing but steal your joy and keep you feeling stuck.
In mindful presence, there is no need for doubt and no cause for worry. The purity of your full attention on manifesting a state of happiness within yourself is the best gift you can give to the world. In this way–in your presence and appreciation–happiness can be carried with you wherever you go.
Perhaps we experience unhappiness not because of the situation, but because of our thoughts about it. Perhaps we become disappointed with life not because it isn’t perfect, but because we impose perfection on things that are worthy of praise because of their imperfection. Maybe if we relinquished the idea that the perfect moment isn’t anywhere else, we could be fully aware of the beauty offered in this moment.
Happiness is not a set of circumstances; it stands independent of life circumstances. It is a state of mind and a state that is beyond the mind. It does not depend on what we have, where we go, or who we are. It needs no cause or justification, just our acceptance, in gratitude, that the happiness we desire doesn’t ask us to desire it, for it is already here, waiting patiently for us to welcome it.
Since paradise is not a place, we don’t need to compare or complain about our grass not being green enough–we can start watering the grass we’re standing on. We don’t need to be capable of forgetting the past, only capable of loving the present. We only need the wisdom and strength to embrace the present as if we invited it here.
Being a state of mind, happiness requires nothing at all to change outside; it requires that we mindfully practice internal shifts from fear to love, from stress to peace, from anger to compassion, from pain to transformation, from misery to gratitude.
We don’t need a reason to be happy, though, of course, it’s easier to have a reason. But perhaps life itself is our reason to be happy. What if we chose to be happy for the sake of being happy? What if we gave up looking for happiness outside of ourselves, in the perfect home, perfect companion, perfect vacation, or perfect career? What if happiness was already here? What if our entire existence became our reason to be happy?
And what if we became aware of what’s happening right now without wishing it were different? What if we committed to enjoying each pleasant experience without holding on when it changes? What if we could be with each unpleasant experience without fearing it will always be this way? What if we became mindfully involved with our life, paying attention to all the details of our day as if they were meant to be seen?
- Do you think that happiness is a state of mind, of being, of living?
- When was the last time you changed your mind about how you were experiencing your life?
Please share your own thoughts, any happy practices that you live by, or any lessons you’ve learned along the way in the comments.
Share this happy thought with someone you care about.
Happiness is how you live your life.