Is happiness predetermined? There are many theories on this. I’ve heard that genetics can determine our happiness quotient. Our previous experiences and how we reacted to them plays a big part on our happiness. Our habits may also affect our positive state of being.
Have you ever heard a person say…”Things are going great, but I’m just not happy”? Have you ever wondered why you couldn’t find happiness?
I’ve often wondered why can’t we choose to be happy? Can’t we overcome our genetic unhappiness gene? Why can’t we change our knee-jerk unhappiness outlook on life?
A person can all the luxuries of life and still be unhappy. Someone can be surrounded by many friends and still be lonely. There are many people who have modest means and still be happy.
We can learn a great deal from the people who have less and enjoy life more. They have gratefully accepted their surroundings. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t strive for more, but enjoy what you have and look forward to a more fulfilling future.
Continual self-improvement will lead to personal and vocational fulfillment. It’ll also encourage others around you to do the same. How will you feel when you help others? My guess is that you’d feel happy.
Get into the habit of being happy. The first step is to appreciate your blessings. The next step is to see the good or greater meaning of things. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t be aware of the bad, but isn’t it your first reaction to look for the negative? I admit that I’ve gotten into this bad habit.
Awareness is the key to happiness. When you become aware of yourself and surroundings, you can choose to be appreciative and happy.
The purpose of my work is to help other highly sensitive people become more aware of what makes them tick, good and bad. This makes me happy.
Is happiness predetermined? Can you do something about it? If so, what specific things can you do? I’m interested in any thoughts or comments that you have.