Sunday, January 9, 2011

Chasing Happiness

How many of us are truly happy? Do we find happiness outside of ourselves? What makes you happy? Do we sometimes confuse happiness with things we acquire? Do we spend our entire life chasing after happiness, when all along, we have always had it right within our grasp?

Happiness is here right now, just beneath the surface of each of us. It is ever present in nature as she surrounds us with early morning bird songs, as the sun rises to meet the day; or as the rain falls, cleansing the earth then leaving pillow-soft clouds in our sky. Happiness finds us when we let our guard down with uncontrollable laughter, or when we make harmless, spontaneous choices.

Children make those choices all the time. Choices are effortless to children. With no agenda, they react to a what now? matter-of-fact attitude. They meet each day with thoughts of "why not"? They have an in-the-moment, yes we can, go-for-it curious anticipation. They skip, colour, play games, run, sing, shout, and laugh...all with spontaneous enthusiasm. Even when they falter-- they cry, feel the pain, then get back up and carry on. They accept and continue to be “happy”. Children have no timetable, no schedule, no deadline to meet. They just allow what is, living moment to moment, until we teach them otherwise.

When we lose our childlike, in-the-moment excitement, we move from place to place, project to project, job to job, acquiring all sorts of toys along the way... trying to find the “Holy Grail” of happiness. Can chasing happiness become an imaginary means to an end? Are we misguided into thinking we will find happiness outside ourselves?

Happiness is within our very Being.  It’s there now, hidden deep inside, like a secret,
residing alongside our childhood enthusiasm { memories }, not gone but somehow forgotten. What we need is to find the courage to allow happiness back into our present day moments. Let laughter be a conduit to help manifest happiness back into our day-to- day life experiences. We must stop chasing happiness. We simply must choose Happiness.

“You’ve always had the power, my dear”
~ Glinda The Good Witch of the North
~The Wizard Of Oz

© Hεlεɳa ωђίԵε 


  1. I agree with you Helena happiness is a choice!

  2. I know of chidlike happiness, I live it each day as best as I can knowing it is the best day ever

    Another in a long line of why I love to read you !

  3. I love what you wrote, and you have given me the subject for my post for tuesday,"Education" I hope that I have the clarity of thought that you have shown in your post.


With this blog, my intentions are to step outside of my comfort zone of living to please others, in the hopes of finding like-minded friends and writers who seek to share ideas, ponder choices, and explore inspirations. I appreciate all comments on my blog (positive or negative) as a means of encouraging an ever-evolving dialogue.