You Are Responsible For Your Own Happiness

by Terry Watson | January 17th, 2019
Terry Watson - Editor

Terry Watson – Editor

According to a definition provided by Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary, the word joy is defined by an emotion evoked by well being, success or good fortune, or the prospect of possessing what one desires. The same dictionary defines happiness as a state of well being and contentment. For many people, the presence of joy and happiness is just as significant as air and water is to their survival, for it can be hard and impossible to move or function without them.

Many people seek others to fulfill them. They also seek the assistance of things and objects for happiness. I don’t believe there is anything wrong with doing this, however I know first-hand that things and people can leave you feeling empty and lonely in their absence. Others have their own agenda and purpose and putting someone else’s needs before theirs can be quite a challenge, especially if it requires for them to surrender their joy in the process.

While many people may get married to be happy, there are some who eventually find themselves in a strenuous situation mainly because they didn’t possess any joy before. It is impossible to be the sunshine in someone else’s world if you are internally consumed with darkness and pain. Ultimately, you are responsible for your own happiness.

Happiness is obtained by spending time with yourself. You must learn who you are and what you like and dislike about “you”. If you are unaware of your strengths, tolerances, limits, and weaknesses, it is impossible to help another individual manage theirs. Once you identify the source of your joy and happiness develop a plan or strategy to make them a constant in your life. In this new year, your joy and happiness may be connected to the amount you share with others.

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