“If you want to be happy, be”. ~Leo Tolstoy
How can you be happy in an unhappy environment? How can you be happy in an unhappy world, is that even possible?
Is the world we’re living in a hostile or happy place? I guess it all depends on who you are asking but if you really think about it, the world is neither happy nor unhappy, neither good nor bad, and just like Shakespeare said it, “there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”
We are the ones who perceive things as being in one way or another. The outside world is nothing more than a projection of our inside world, a projection of who we are. A projection of our own fears, doubts, struggles and our own darkness.
The world is full of negativity, poverty, and suffering because we have projected our own negativity, our own pain, and our own suffering onto it and as a result, it became that.
So many of us blame the world for our lack of happiness, our lack of abundance and inner peace not understanding that by doing so we give our power away, allowing outside forces to control our lives.
“Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.” ~Francesca Reigler
If we choose to watch the news every single day, if we focus our attention on the things that are missing, on the things that are not working, on poverty rather than abundance, on ugliness rather than beauty, then yes, the world would definitely be seen as a really unhappy place. On the other hand, if we choose to focus on the many incredible things that take place every day across the world, all the beautiful people in our lives, all the amazing things that are happening to us and all around us, then the world would be seen as a beautiful, harmonious, peaceful and happy place.
“Most people would rather be certain they’re miserable than risk being happy.” ~Robert Anthony
Happiness is a choice and it starts coming your way the moment you decide to take responsibility for your own thoughts, your own beliefs, actions, and behaviors. Contrary to what many of us have been led to believe, happiness has nothing to do with your geographic location, your age, skin color, race, religion, weight, etc..
Until we let go of our need to see ourselves as victims of the world and until we let go of the constant need to complain and criticize everyone and everything for what is missing in our lives we won’t really be happy.
We only have one life to live, this life.Don’t waste it by focusing on the bad and the ugly.
“What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner.” ~Colette
Learn to enjoy and appreciate both the good and the bad in your life. Appreciate all that you are and all that you have or don’t have. Learn to live in harmony with those around you, leaving behind all the conflicts and all the negativity.
How do you stay happy in an unhappy environment? What helps you keep your focus on the good instead of the bad? I really want to know what are your thoughts on this. You can share your insights by joining the conversation in the comment section below