A close friend of mine woke me out of a light sleep one morning to tell about some of the great changes in her life that she was looking forward to in the coming months. In all of her excitement, she managed to mention how she had recently purchased a couple of self-help books on being happy. Both of us had a moment of revelation as she said to me:
“People are always complaining about how they just want to be happy. Maybe they should ask themselves, what makes me happy. Well, if eating a bowl of ice cream makes you happy, then do it! If going to the beach makes you happy, then go to the beach. If watching a movie makes you happy, then don’t wait until the weekend. Do what makes you happy, and do it now!”
She was right on the money with where this conversation was heading. Happiness is what you make of it. And it happens when you choose for it to happen. Nothing outside of you can dictate your own happiness. Only you have the power to make it happen. What recently happened in Japan, and in 2010 in Haiti (with the massive earthquakes), should remind us all of how things can change in an instant. Therefore, we should seize as many moments as possible and do the things that make us happy in those moments. After all, happiness is yours for the taking. Be it!