Be Happy Where You Are | Gracious Living


Meredith Sweetpea was enjoying the little book,  “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff…and it’s all small stuff,” by Richard Carlson, Ph.D. and came across a chapter that struck home. It is about how too many of us think that there is a point in life where we will be happy. Maybe it’s when we purchase that new car, or get that promotion. Richard Carlson tells us that happiness is in every day.

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I thought I’d share this chapter with you in the hopes that you will find happiness in the little moments every day.

Be Happy Where You Are

Sadly, many of us continually postpone our happiness–indefinitely. It’s not that we consciously set out to do so, but that we keep convincing ourselves, “Someday I’ll be happy.”

We tell ourselves we’ll be happy when our bills are paid, when we get out of school, get our first job, a promotion. We convince ourselves that life will be better after we get married, have a baby, then another. Then we are frustrated that the kids aren’t old enough–we’ll be more content when they are. After that, we’re frustrated that we have teenagers to deal with. We will certainly be happy when they are out of that stage. We tell ourselves that our life will be complete when our spouse gets his or her act together, when we get a nicer car, are able to go on a nice vacation, when we retire. And on and on and on!

Meanwhile, life keeps moving forward. The truth is, there’s no better time to be happy than rightr now. If not now, when?

Choose to Be Happy

Your life will always be filled with challenges. It’s best to admit this to yourself and decide to be happy anyway. One of my favorite quotes comes from Alfred D’ Souza. He said, “For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin–real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be got through first, some unfinishede business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.”

This perspective has helped me to see that the is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way.

Richard Carlson, Ph.D.

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