A happy woman holds a phone.

If You Want To Be Happy, Be Happy

Remember that time when your little niece or nephew decided to wear mismatched socks, or a superhero cape to the grocery store, and was on top of the world? They just were. That simplicity in happiness brings to mind a favorite saying of mine: “If you want to be happy, be happy.”

Sometimes existence feels like a treadmill of responsibilities, expectations, and noise, doesn’t it? In the midst of all this, we find ourselves chasing happiness as if it’s some elusive prize. But what if I told you, the secret is much simpler than we make it out to be?

Finding Joy in the Moment

Notice how children find happiness in the smallest things? A butterfly, a puddle, a new crayon. They don’t overthink or overcomplicate. They just are, and they’re happy.

Actionable Tip

Take a moment each day to find joy in the simple things – that first sip of coffee, a loved one’s smile, or a favorite song.

Let Go of Conditions

“I’ll be happy when I get that promotion.” “I’ll be content when I lose those last 10 pounds.” Sound familiar? Placing conditions on our happiness often pushes it further away. Instead, find happiness now, in the present.

Actionable Tip

Write down three things you’re grateful for every day. Gratitude has a magical way of drawing in happiness.

The Power of Perspective

Life won’t always be sunshine and rainbows. But even on cloudy days, there’s a silver lining to be found. Adjusting our outlook can be the key to unlocking happiness in any situation.

Actionable Tip

When faced with a challenge, ask yourself, “What can I learn from this?” or “How can this help me grow?”

Isn’t it curious that we often overthink concepts that can be so simple? Just like that child with their superhero cape, happiness is often a choice we make. It’s an attitude, a mindset. It’s not about waiting for the storm to pass but seeing good in the rain.

As we move through our days, let’s remember to carry that nugget of wisdom with us. Let’s not overburden ourselves with endless conditions and clauses. Instead, let’s choose happiness, every moment, every day. For in the wise words of our truism today, if we want to be happy, all we need to do is be.

While you sip your coffee or take a break from your busy day, I challenge you: Find a moment, no matter how small, and just be in it. Relish it. And know that happiness is right there, waiting for you to recognize it.