All of us have this one thing in common. Every single person I've ever known, met, read about, or heard about has a common desire: to be happy. There's probably some evolutionary origin - perhaps concerning self-preservation and security of life, or something - that has evolved into the modern idea of happiness, or the general desire for one's own well-being.
This desire leads to a life-long pursuit, though we may not always be aware of it. We pursue our own happiness in the friends we acquire, the relationships we cultivate, the career path we choose, the subjects we study, the causes or belief systems we embrace, the style we adopt, the clothes we wear, the trips we take, and so on. We can try so hard to find happiness that we end up creating and living in an energy that is far from happy. Or we can busy ourselves so much with the pursuit that we tune out cues that we've already found the happiness we were looking for.
You've heard the quote that happiness is not a destination, but a journey. Well, even the journey can be a misdirect. The truth is that happiness is found in gratitude. Pursuing goals and loving people and otherwise creating a good life is a way to experience happiness, but only if you stop to notice how those things are making you happy in this moment. We must be mindfully grateful for that friend who always has our back, that career that stems from our passion, and those jeans that fit just right. The fruit of our happiness pursuit is happiness itself.
Is happiness an elusive goal for you, or something you experience everyday?
What's one thing you're absolutely grateful for right now?