Happiness in your terms
If all of humanity shares one common goal – it is to lead a happy life. But what does it mean to be happy? And how does one achieve that peaceful state of mind? Happiness is not just a smile or a laugh; it is a feeling that thrives from within. Plain and simple, the only way to find true happiness is to write the definition for yourself.
With regular exposure to the media, we are often given unrealistic expectations about life. We are taught to believe that what is materialistic is what matters and that we must look a certain way and live a certain kind of lifestyle to achieve happiness. But the truth behind it all is that it is up to us to decide which kind of lifestyle fits our own personal needs. Each woman leads a different life, there’s no debating that, and while some may be mothers, others may only be students, and we should allow our own unique chapters and stages in life influence what happiness should be.
Many women find happiness in their accomplishments, and there is no harm in being proud of what you have achieved. But this can also be misinterpreted into thinking that happiness is to acquire what others have achieved. When this mentality is instated, life can be filled with a lot more competition, envy, and a void that can never seem to be fulfilled. This is why it is important to remember that it’s not how society defines happiness, it’s how you do. Happiness is about accepting yourself and being content with what you have, not with what the rest of the world does.
Take a moment or two to reflect and prioritize what is important to you. What are your dreams and aspirations? What is considered “being successful” to you? Make a list of your goals and the steps you will need to take in order to reach them. Remember that life isn’t perfect, as we all endure many obstacles that come our way. But staying passionate and working towards your dreams is the only way to attain.
Don’t wait around for your life to fit society’s definition of perfect. Determine your definition of happiness today and make your life your own special kind of perfect.
"If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things"
- Albert Einstein
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