No, I’m not meaning to quote The Partridge Family; I’m actually suggesting that you get happy. Already happy? Even better. Whether you’re already living on Cloud 9 or you’re somewhere between 1 and 8 waiting for your shot at making it up to the top floor, this blog post holds the key to true happiness.
Happiness is the only good. The place to be happy is here. The time to be happy is now. The way to be happy is to help make others so. — Robert G. Ingersoll
Let’s dissect that beautiful sentiment a bit. I know a person whose ultimate goal in life is to become “filthy rich.” While my husband and I are certainly no strangers to wanting nice things, enjoying fine meals on occasion, and (though we’re not proud of it) even lusting after others’ über-cool material belongings from time-to-time, owning more stuff is not our ultimate goal. Is making money a goal? You bet your bottom dollar it is; but again, not the ultimate.
Money is a means to an end. You need it to buy food, clothing, and shelter; that’s a fact of life (unless you’re living in a nice little community that functions only on bartering–and truth be told–I bet you’d find a lot of happy people in that community, but that’s another story). For me, I think we’re better served having the goal of finding happiness rather than aspiring to become filthy rich. And the quote above tells us exactly how to do just that.
If you’re a parent, I can only imagine that you live and breathe this every day. You live to make your child(ren) happy, and if I understand correctly, you thrive on the joy this brings you. In my personal experience, I know I’m most happy when my husband is smiling. My husband is most happy when our dogs are wagging their tails. We feel better when we give to our church or one of the charitable organizations we support with our time or our money. And who doesn’t love the feeling of someone else opening up a gift you carefully wrapped (ok, maybe your husband carefully wrapped it because you can’t cut straight or measure accurately to save your life but you’re really good at putting on the bows) and seeing their face light up because the thoughtfulness of your present really touched them?
Today, find someone–whether it’s a loved one or a complete stranger–and make them happy. It is, after all, the only good. It happens here. The time is now. And it is truly the best way to earn a piece of happiness for yourself. And that, my friends, is what life is all about. 🙂