3 Reasons to be Happy and Live in the Moment

For many of us, happiness has become a seemingly unattainable idea rather than something we deserve. It’s our human nature to sit the vision of happy on something outside of us, yet we can only find it within. Happiness is found in simplicity, where we strip back our own mental complexity of this esteemed vision that we find so hard to reach. If we can’t be happy and grateful for what we have right now, then why are we deserving of more? At some point the good things that we have now were what we previously wanted to make us happy. However, these things lose their shine and polish once we have them in the palm of our hand. We always seek more, but perhaps having gratitude for what’s going well for us will allow us to think more positively about our circumstances.

Our natural search for what makes us happy can only be found in the here and now; it is our present that creates our future. Here are 3 reasons to just ‘be’ and discover some happy right now.

1. Enjoying the little things

If we question ourselves on what truly makes us happy, it is always the smallest of things and the tiniest of details that bring a smile to our face. It’s the little things that cannot be bought in a shop or found online. Maybe it’s a beautiful sunrise, or the stars that shine so brightly on a dark wintery night. There is beauty and value all around us yet we pay little attention to it because it doesn’t fit our illusory ideal of ‘happy’. When we take the time to ease our minds out of wanting so much materialistic things, we can allow ourselves to experience these things. We can find happiness when we look for what has meaning, significance, and substance.

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning” - Albert Einstein.

2. Nothing is permanent

Impermanence and change underpins the very nature of our existence. Everything is fluid, including our thoughts and emotions. Even through our toughest times all we need to do is find one thing that makes us feel happy in that specific moment. If we can find some gratitude during the worst times of our lives, then we can surely manifest a greater influx of when things are easy. It takes true strength to find some grace when everything is going against us. As long as we place ‘happy’ at some point in the future then each moment in the now is dimmed and falls beneath a shadow of our own thinking. We misguide ourselves into thinking we always have time- yet time is the most fluid concept of all.

“Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don't wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it's at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savoured” - Earl Nightingale

3. Stay hungry for each experience

Every experience inspires us to grow and evolve. We yearn for a life of comfort, but it’s adversity that provides us with meaning, transformation, and elevated wisdom. Even the things that hurt us present their own beautiful lesson. When we learn to love what grates against us, we dilute its power to hinder our path. Every setback has a silver lining, and a gift for us to behold when we choose to engage in the full magnitude of life. Our illusion of happy may not fit our reality, but it’s a  reality that we need in order to reach a level of heightened awareness so we can stop dwelling on yesterday or losing ourselves in tomorrow. We can be hungry for a little happy right now.

“Go after what you really love and find a way to make that work for you, and then you'll be a happy person” - Tom Petty

Happiness is not the best job or the nicest car. It's not about having the best romantic relationship or the prettiest house. These are all fragile images of happiness. Happiness is simply a state of being, and being here now.

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