What Is Happiness?

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I found a rock with a happy face on it. My friend, a geologist, said it should be in a museum. 

Today, as I begin to write this post, I look at my happy rock and feel happy.

But what is happiness? 

Happiness is when we feel light and not heavy. When our soul sings. When we feel thankful for simply being, for our family and friends, for whatever we have and are, thinking of all as precious.

When we are happy with what we have, we cannot be unhappy about that which others would see as missing. We do not see the missing pieces but see all as complete, as whole.

Happy is one who has a respect for himself. Respect breeds feeling content. Feeling content breeds happiness. Feeling happy breeds more happiness. Happiness is an inner quality – it originates within.

Be happy, accepting what is. Happy is the way to be. Abundant, happy thinking is the way. Being happy is about enjoying days full of loving thoughts, living through the heart. It is an acceptance and appreciation in the now moment of what we have and are.

Most of us yearn to be happy. What does it take? When we drop our unhappy thoughts, we change how we feel. All it takes is our decision and a dedication to our decision, our adherence to feeling happy. We decide. We do it.

No outer circumstances can bring us lasting happiness. When we depend on outside stimuli, our happiness is short-lived. Outer sights or possessions do not continue to give us happy energies – lasting happiness comes from within.

Any idea, theory, or principle, if not experiential, remains just a theory. To live a happy life, consciously bring a feeling of happiness to your daily life. You can start simply. Upon awakening, send love and blessings to your friends, family, and yourself. During the day, smile, and say hello to people you meet. At the end of the day, give gratitude and feel appreciation for the things you experienced during the day. You can design your day any way you please. 

Live at your fullest, with joy and happiness. Enjoy what you do, and what and where you are. Enjoyment and happiness is a result of your conscious choice. Choose joy and happiness, as otherwise your life cannot be a happy affair.

Namaste, and be happy.

Helena Kalivoda, an award-winning author, writes books that are inspired by her Soul. Find more about Helena and her books at http://www.booksbyhelena.ca also at http://www.amazon.com/author/helena-kalivoda.


  1. So much truth and insight here. Happiness comes from within – it took me a long time to realise that I was responsible for my own happiness and to stop blaming others for my unhappiness.

    • Thank you for your comment, Carolyn. Yes, until we understand that happiness is an inner quality, sometimes our expectations of other people or situations bring us disillusionment and unhappiness. Helena

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