“One is happy as a result of one’s own efforts, once one knows the necessary ingredients of happiness- simple tastes, a certain degree of courage, self-denial to a point, love of work, and, above all, a clear conscience.”- George Sand, poet
You are the maker of your own happiness. You are responsible for your own happiness. It does not come from outside. Your happiness is within you. According to James Allen, “A man is happy, wise and great in the measure that he controls himself; he is wretched, foolish, and mean in the measure that he allows his animal nature to dominate his thoughts and actions.”
Happiness comes from the right thoughts and actions. It does not come from the wrong thoughts and actions. If you want to make yourself happier, you must direct your thoughts.
What are aiming for in your life? What do you want to achieve in your life? What are your plans? What are your goals? What are your dreams? Do you know what you want out of life? Do you know what to do to make yourself a better human being? Do you know what you are really good at? Do you know where you are going? Do you have a plan to make your life a masterpiece? Do you?
If you want to make yourself happy, you must set a goal that reflects who you are. Because you can’t move to the next level if you don’t know where you are going. Life is about growth. If you want to grow, you must know where you are, what you can do, where you are going, and how to get there. According to Richard Branson, “Everyone needs something to aim for. You can call it a challenge, or you can call it a goal. It is what makes us human…. If you challenge yourself, you will grow. Your life will change. Your outlook will be positive. It’s not always easy to reach your goal, but that’s no reason to stop. Never say die. Say yourself ‘I can do it. I’ll keep on trying until I win.”
Yes, we all need something to pursue. We need something that will keep us going. We need something that will keep us alive. Because without something to hope for, life is meaningless. If you don’t want to live a meaningless life, you must challenge yourself. You must stretch yourself. If you stretch yourself, you will grow. If you push yourself, you will grow. You can do it.