Everyone wants to be happy, right, of course they do! But when you ask them the question: ‘What is happiness to you?’, many people just don’t know what to say. So let me ask you that very same question: what is the meaning of happiness to you?

To my mind, if you don’t know the answer to this question then how do you know if you’re happy or not? You could be feeling all sad and miserable when really everything is as you want it to be – you have all that you want in life, already – but you just don’t realize it! So, maybe happiness is simply recognizing what you’ve got and being happy with it. A bit like what is says in this happiness quote:

“Remember happiness doesn’t depend upon who you are or what you have; it depends solely on what you think.” — Dale Carnegie

Or how about this inspirational quotation:

“Most people would rather be certain they’re miserable, than risk being happy.” — Robert Anthony

Or, this one…

“The summit of happiness is reached when a person is ready to be what he is.” — Erasmus

Exactly.

So with that in mind, let me tell you *my* definition of happiness, then. Happiness is…

* Thinking about what you have and not thinking about what you don’t have
* Being happy with other people’s happiness (a happy person is not a jealous or envious person)
* Loving and being loved
* Eating or drinking your favorite stuff. In my case this would be apple crumble and custard, Midget Gems (sweets/candy) and fresh crunchy bread with jam and butter… Hmmm
* Smiling lots, frowning little and enjoying yourself more often than not, wherever you find yourself

…Clearly, happiness is a lot of things and my happiness list could go on and on. But it’s important to state what happiness is not: it is not always being positive and smiley and living a problem-free life. Is it? Still, real lives, with ups and downs, can be happy lives. Just as long as we allow ourselves to be happy in the first place, and we practice gratitude.

Well that’s what I think about happiness. How about you?…

Steve M Nash is editor of the guru-free self-help website called http://www.SelfHelpCollective.com And right now he’s collecting happiness lists. Why not share your happiness list with the world too! http://www.selfhelpcollective.com/what-is-happiness.html

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