“Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it… And, once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must Never become lax about maintaining it.” — Elizabeth Gilbert
Am I basic for quoting (and really loving) Eat, Love, Pray? I read it at the beginning of the year and fell in love with it.
There is no shortage of information on how to achieve happiness. There are books, movies, poems, songs, articles, and everything in between dedicated to the pursuit of happiness.
While going through my journal scribbles, I stumbled upon a note I wrote to myself: make yourself prone to happiness. At the moment, I can only attribute the note to a quote I found a while back:
Enlightenment is an accident; meditation makes you accident prone.
Making ourselves prone to happiness is about doing the things that help us stumble upon happiness. Instead of waiting for things to happen that make us happy, we actively pursue activities, places, people, routines, habits that get us closer to happiness.
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As a long-time avid happiness pursuer, I have learned that happiness is fleeting. The good news is all emotions are. In the meantime, we can all do the small, and big, things that get us closer to happiness.
I’m always happy after an intense workout. I love the feeling of sweat dripping into my eyes (ew!), and my muscles aching.
It is a long, tedious road to make it to a workout class though.
Often times, it’s grueling to convince myself to change into workout clothes, leave the house, commute, interact with people, struggle to do some exercises. These things, however, allow me to experience the good feels that come after a good workout. I know each and every step, despite how challenging it may be, is a step closer to happiness.
Once we identify the things that make us happy, we have to commit to restructuring our lives to become prone to happiness.
Until next time… 🙂