Happiness isn’t something that we find, it’s something that we create. Or curate, if you prefer. At least that's how I like to think about it. Happiness is collecting experiences, building relationships and being picky about who and what I let into my life. I’m the keeper of my time, and the custodian of my happiness.
Someone reading this might think that sounds like a whole lot of work. If you thought that, you’re correct. Happiness is work; that’s the part that everyone overlooks.
You don’t find happy. You achieve happy. It’s earned.
Happiness also means different things to different people. What makes me happy, might not matter to you. It’s our job to figure out what happiness means for us and the best way to do that is to start working at it.
The bad news is that there is no right way to go about finding happiness.
The good news is that there is no right way to go about finding happiness.
We get to make it up, mess it up, and figure it out for ourselves. Start now and don’t ever stop.
For me, happiness is tied to hustle. I will never be happy unless I know that I’ve given my all in pursuit of my true potential, purpose, and passions. I’ve only just began to tap into those things, so you could say that I still have a long way to go.
That said, I’ve already learned so much along the way: what I’m capable of; what I like, love and hate; the difference between wants and needs; and how to do more with less. Nothing is impossible and everything is "figure-out-able", especially if you’re willing to work at it.
There’s that word again, "work". Or to me, "hustle". That’s my happiness. Not the work itself, because sometimes it sucks. I find happiness in the knowledge that I can have whatever I want. That I’m going to be happy simply because I have the hustle in me. I’m never going to settle for less than my true potential, just like I’ll never settle for unhappiness.
My happiness has nothing to do with money or material things, as I’ve traded up money for meaning. Doing meaningful work makes me a better person, while helping others be happy and healthy.