Happiness is

I’ve been reading a book by first-time author Kathryn Stockett called “The Help” and it’s always fiction told through brilliantly adept characters that really gets me excited, and in turn, allows me to become completely absorbed in the act of reading. I’m also extremely excited that this is the first book I’ve read in a long time where I didn’t want to put it down and be distracted by the multitude of everyday activities that usually involve giving in to things that don’t really add to my happiness.

Speaking of happiness, I’ve been questioning why it is that I or we, as humans for all intense purposes, do not sing our praises when moments in life surprise us with feeling happy and emotionally fulfilled? Why is it that we never shout from the hills when things are going our way or make mention that we are content with life on the good days?

I for one have learnt a great deal about developing into a better individual over the past year, and am grateful for the space and time in which I find myself at the moment. This is me taking the opportunity to tell my story and to rejoice about the pleasing state in which I find myself at present.

I’ve gotten to a stage where I’ve stopped wanting and have started appreciating what it is I’ve already gotten and am doing in life. For a long time, I got caught up in the capitalist society in which we live, and all I ever wanted was more. More disposable cash, more gadgets, more time, more things, more, more, more…I got to a stage last year where I just couldn’t do it anymore. I realised that a lot of the anxiety and stress in my life was directly related to this need to want and the desire for more that resulted in me, the ‘human doing’ as opposed to having a life and being a ‘human being’.

There is a time and place for one to accumulate things in one’s life and money sure does make life a lot easier, but the fact of the matter is, it should not control you, and it definitely shouldn’t be the be-all and end-all of your life. I feel much more enriched now that I’ve let got of some of the societal chains that have been ruling the way I live my life. And I have to say I’m feeling pretty good about myself thanks to the changes I have made.

Now I fully understand why we should be doing the things that make us truly happy and spend more time appreciating the moments we have where we get it right.