The Steps to Happpiness: Taking Responsibility

August 7th, 2009

by Readings by Annabelle

Lets face it, being happy is something we all strive for daily. At the core of everything we do lies the desire for happiness. Some of us eat to feel happy others diet, some of us spend money or save money, some of us work-out, some of us sleep and a lot of us look to our friends, families and partners to make us happy… whatever it is we do, we do it because we think it will bring us more happiness, more peace. Most of us look to external ways to bring IN the happiness rather than look within to bring the happiness OUT.

Think about what you say to yourself… Things like “I’ll be happy when I get that job, that relationship, more money, some time off…” The list goes on. The problem is once we get those things the happiness eventually wears off and we’re on to looking to something else to bring us that happiness again. So what do we do? The first step is to understand that we re at the center of our happiness. Happiness doesn’t come from things or situations or other people. Our happiness comes from within and attracts the things we desire. It is an internal realization that we are responsible for how we feel. Our feelings are the only way we can experience happiness or sadness if that is what is chosen, but the point is that it is up to each of us individually how we feel inside. No one can tell you how to feel. Sure, they can say it or even do something that triggers a feeling, but ultimately we get to choose our own feelings. Even if someone says something that is unkind or rude, it is still our choice how we feel inside, we are responsible for what goes on inside our own hearts and minds. When we grasp that one simple concept, we become more in tune with ourselves and more able to take responsibility for what we choose to experience in our lives. Taking responsibility for your thoughts and feelings is a major step to improving your capacity for happiness.

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