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Happiness is a Choice

It is a choice we make. Perhaps the single most important choice in our lives. It is not something that happens to us, or a situation we stumble upon.

Consider that people can be happy in all sorts of situations. Subsistence farmers in rural India can be happy despite having few material possessions. Billionaires can be happy while riding private jets. Children can be happy playing with the silliest of toys. I often find myself happy just by watching animals.

If happiness is not predicated upon a specific event or situation, then it must be something that is chosen, consciously or unconsciously.

As such, if the ultimate pursuit of life is happiness….then we can all get exactly what we are here to get. We just need to decide.


  1. Happiness is a state of mind that really depends how we see the situations in our lives each day. you can have all the riches in the world but still see it as a lonely place.;.”

  2. Ravi Raman says:

    Hey Darri, spending time with my baby niece (10 months old) over the weekend it struck me how babies are naturally happy…even when they are crying or needy, they seem to have this undercurrent of happiness throughout their being. Perhaps then, that we just need to unlearn how to be unhappy…and let our natural happy way of being shine through!

  3. Darri says:

    Yeah, I agree. I think that people often times people get caught up with doing something to achieve some perceived stature only to realize that none of it really matters if your missing out on all these other simple pleasures.

    Happiness is an abstract concept, I think that sometimes you really have to mentally condition yourself to become a happy person.

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