Today I came across a quotation that really resonated with me.
“There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy” – Robert Louis Stevenson
There is such depth in this thought. Indeed most of us take being happy for granted. I would say I am also one of those who does so. And when we aren’t happy, what do we do about it? Nothing, unfortunately. We just sit around waiting for something to happen that would make us happy. We don’t go out and make an effort to do something to make ourselves happy; just wait to *get out of our funk* and automatically go back to *being happy*.
Happiness is a choice. Plain and simple. It isn’t always easy to see it this way, but I feel it is important to train oneself to do so. With all the stress and drama that has been going on in my own life for the last few months, I have been wondering about *happiness*. A lot. About why it seems so easy for some to stay happy, while others find it difficult to be so. And I really believe it boils down to this – one has to make a choice of being happy.
I could, given everything life has to offer right now, sink into deep depression and despair. I certainly don’t think a lot of people could blame (judge?) me if I were to do so. But I don’t want to. I want to be happy. I want to love life and everything it has to offer. Because, when you think about it, happiness doesn’t necessarily mean the absence of problems in life. It means the ability to accept and deal with those problems. It means living life to the fullest – and choosing to be happy, despite the problems.
From now on, I am making a conscious choice to be happy. To find joy in the little things in life that makes it worthwhile. Like skyping with my nephew and family. Like catching up with old friends. Like reading new books and re-reading old favourites. Like eating mint choc-chip ice cream. Like taking out the time to treat myself to a pedicure. The simple joys of life (=
I have a flight in 2 days, and being the lit nerd that I am, I always get a book to read on the plane. So I went to the bookstore where a book titled ‘The Happiness Project’ just jumped out at me. It’s by Gretchen Rubin, about her own experience of realising that she had to make an effort to be happy, and how she spent the next year trying to achieve that goal. Seeing how I am starting off my own project to be happy I cannot wait to get started with this book… And I will definitely post a review once I am done!