- It doesn’t cost anything.
It’s in the Summer breeze, the smile of a newborn baby, the smell of freshly cut grass. Look around–it’s everywhere and it doesn’t cost a thing.
- It’s better with friends.
Many of our happiest memories are of times when we were surrounded by people we love, and who love us.
- There’s enough for everyone.
Happiness is not finite. Someone else’s gain is not your loss. Happiness shared is not happiness divided–it’s multiplied.
- It’s not a competition.
Don’t compare your story to anyone else’s. Most people only share the best selfies and the funniest stories. It doesn’t mean they’re doing better at life than you. You’ll get your moment.
- The little things count.
Catching every green light. Your coffee or tea being just the right temperature. Making that girl laugh. Look for the little things–they add up.
- It’s okay to be unhappy sometimes.
Hey, it’s a cold world. You can’t smile all the time, and that’s okay. Allow yourself to experience your full range of emotions. It’s one of the richest parts of the human experience. Be sad, angry, embarrassed, confused. But don’t stay there.
- Money helps, but it’s not everything.
Money might buy you a Netflix subscription or a Pumpkin Spice Latte, but those things don’t last forever. Don’t prioritize the temporary. Where your treasure is, your heart will be too.
- It can be found in the most unexpected of places.
Just yesterday, I went to a very somber ceremony for the anniversary of 9/11. I walked out feeling quite depressed, only to find a torrential downpour had started and I had to walk across campus with no umbrella (wearing my favorite Alfani shoes). Oddly enough, the cold, hard rain actually lightened the mood. My friend and I relished in it and got a funny story, too!
- It doesn’t have to be a pursuit.
Don’t obsess over the “pursuit of happiness.” Take time to just stop and be happy with what you have, where you are, with the people in your life right here and now. You don’t want to look back and realize you were too busy chasing something else to enjoy the “good ol’ days” while you were in them.
- You don’t have to feel guilty about it.
Yeah, life isn’t fair. There’s a lot of sadness and pain in the world. But that doesn’t devalue the good. It makes it even more precious. Don’t take the good times for granted. If you’re happy, if you love your life, great! Celebrate you. You deserve it.