#DailyWritingChallenge Day 53: Happiness

The term happiness is used in the context of mental or emotional states, including positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy. It is also used in the context of life satisfaction, subjective well-being, eudaimonia, flourishing and well-being.

Being happy is a state of mind, it is an intention, it is a choice.

I have always been a relatively happy person, I am optimistic and upbeat, yes I have had my moments of sadness, frustration and anger, but generally I can self-regulate and process those emotions. I am enjoying my balanced state of mind.

“The key to being happy is knowing you have the power to to choose what to accept and what to let go”.


Being happy is an internal process, it is how we feel about ourselves and our lives.

I don’t rely on anyone nor anything to make me happy. My happiness comes from within. I am happy in my skin, happy in my self, happy with myself and happy in my life choices.

“The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts”.

Marcus Aurelius

Being happy is about accepting who we are and what we have.

I have accepted where I am in my life and I make the most of it everyday. I am not someone for regrets, I don’t experience ‘the grass is greener’ and I don’t get the fear of missing out. If I am unhappy I make choices to affect changes. I leave jobs, I leave relationships that do not serve me.  I am as happy by myself as I am with others.

“Happiness can exist only in acceptance”.

George Orwell

Being happy is about embracing what we have.

Our lives were based on instant gratification, and we have been forced to accept delayed gratification over the last 10 weeks. I am happy in my home, in my garden, with my friends and family – virtually and in person. I am happy with the life I have created for myself.

“It is not how much we have but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness”.

Charles Spurgeon.

Being happy is about letting go of things that weigh us down.

My happiness exists in the power I have over what I accept and what I release. I don’t let people take my happiness away from me in the long term. There have been occasions, in the short term, but I have worked through it.  I don’t let the past weigh me down. I have let past hurt go, I have forgiven people who have wounded me, I exercise self-compassion. I look to the future with hope and optimism. I am happier because I am lighter.

“Happiness is a gift and the trick is not to accept it, but to delight in it when it comes”.

Charles Dickens

Being happy is about our state of being.

To be happy in life, is to be happy in self. Lockdown has put a spotlight on our lives and made us pause to scrutinise our life choices. We have stripped back and simplified our lives. I am happy in my new rhythm and flow. I am happy in my freedom.

“If you want to be happy. Be.”

Leo Tolstoy

Being happy is a journey of self-discovery.

The state of being happy, experiencing pleasure and feeling contentment is something intentional and a conscious process. Being grateful and showing appreciation in the moment anchors our happiness in the present. I am happy enjoying the little things in life.

“There is no path to happiness: happiness is the path”.


Happiness is a celebration of life, as it is.

I am the happiest I have been for a really long time as I have filtered out the white noise, I have funnelled opportunities and I have made choices about my future. I have reflected on and focused on what makes me happy. I am feeling very blessed. I am flourishing and thriving.

Happiness is not out there, it is in us; I know it is in me.

Happiness is like sunshine and sometimes we need to create our own weather, create our own conditions for growth. I am happy and I am excited about life and where my happiness will take me.

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Published by Ethical Leader

Leadership Development Consultant, Facilitator, Coach, Speaker and Writer. Experience of teaching schools, initial teacher education, mentoring & coaching, diversity and equality. Passionate about integrity, ethics and values.

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