Happiness to many is measured by success, money, career choice, the car you drive, the school your child goes to, the clothes you wear.... Bragging rights to your next vacation or maybe a pictures of yourself on Facebook portraying smiling facing somewhere really fun looking.
Did your neighbor get a new car? Receive a bigger diamond? Go on an expensive vacation? Get another babysitter? Did you get jealous, or judge their "happiness"? Do you look at another persons fit body and think "well they do nothing but workout" "she doesn't enjoy life" Is your happiness always being justified or compared to others around you?
For many people happiness is in direct correlation to making others feel envious! For others it is in comparing your choices verse another persons. Facebook has come in handy to many people sporting the best versions of themselves only with pictures of cookie cutter homemaking and kids who seem so loving, a night out with a beautiful girl captured in a picture.
Did I show unconditional love to my family and friends?
Did I respect my spouse and myself? Did I offer forgiveness? Was I selfish more than not?
The list goes on.
The truth about happiness in within us all. We all know inside what happiness really is. It is in us all waiting to explode out. We all have the life we want or the capability to easily change what it is into something greater. Instead of looking over the fence be grateful for what is within your own yard! Nurture it, spend time growing and caring for it. Don't worry about anyone else's. It is true that the grass is greener where you water it. Spend less time looking at everyone else's life and what you don't have and more time on what you do have and you are on your way!
Live in the moment.
Inspire yourself to be an example to kindness!
You already are the person you want to be!
Take that weekend away with your mother/child.
Go for a long walk alone!
Surprise your loved one with flowers.
Take a picnic.
Go for a drive with no destination.
Leave your phone at home.
Spend more time in the garden.
Opportunities are endless.