Is there a key which unlocks the door to happiness? I have no idea.
“The pursuit of happiness is the source of all unhappiness”
I read this quote on a Lulu Lemon bag and the words have resonated with me ever since. The last few years I have been on this quest to find happiness. Maybe the problem with my “quest” for happiness is the quest itself. I spend so much time searching, looking for this feeling, but I don’t think happiness is something you achieve. It’s not like climbing to a top of a mountain and once you reach the top, TA DAH HAPPINESS! Nope, it doesn’t work that way. Perhaps Elizabeth Gilbert said it best in Eat, Pray, Love…
“Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it. You must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it.”
Happiness is something you have to work towards, something to pursue but I no longer think it needs to be a difficult “quest”. I think being happy can be quite simple. Do activities which bring you joy. Often the simplest things can have the biggest impact. Go on a walk on the beach, watch the sunset, take a yoga class from your favorite instructor, volunteer with kids, stop and smell the roses and enjoy the journey of life.
If happiness is a choice, I choose happiness.
Shout out to the source: Pinterest