“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.” ~ Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
Happiness can’t be searched for, it is something that we all already have within us. Our culture has developed in such a way that we are no longer able to recognise this, we expend so much energy looking without to find what is already within.
Most of us in the West are lucky enough to have the necessities we need to live through the money we earn but we focus our attention not on having all we need but in lacking the things in our life that would make us happy. This is absolute nonsense, having a bigger house, the latest technology or the newest clothes is not going to change your core being in the slightest. If you are unhappy possessions might boost your satisfaction but this wouldn’t last.
We also look outside for happiness when it comes to relationships with a significant other. These relationships are wonderful and can be a road to growth for two individuals but you don’t need someone else to provide validation. The only source of this should be your self. A lot of people are in relationships because they feel they need it to be happy just as many people without relationships feel they need one to be happy. Yes a partner may bring you company and some intimacy but if you aren’t happy on your own then it’s going to be very unlikely a relationship provides you happiness.
The reason that the things we want will not bring us happiness if we get them is because we have neglected to see that the true place of our contentment is within us. If we learn to be happy with ourselves then we can then try to achieve things out of this sense of contentment. If we are happy with ourselves and our present situation then we cannot do anything but project this in to the universe.
Realising you already have everything you ever need to be happy removes so much aggravation and stress from life, once you have this everything you do can come from a position of love and abundance rather than unfulfillment and scarcity. This realisation helps us to stop comparing ourselves to others, seeking validation from outside and you can be happy most of the time and stop resenting yourself for the current situation and past actions.
You already have everything you need to be happy and you are already everything you are supposed to be right now. It’s worth thinking about as this is a truth that can really open up life for all of us. Even if you’re not sure about what I say it makes sense to consider it because you may just find you already have what you’ve been searching for all this time.