In pursuit of happiness, I asked this simple, yet somewhat tricky question, “What is the Key to Happiness?” that has a wide range of perspective — to my awesome friends on Twitter / Facebook, last weekend.
And needless to say, I’m stunned and overwhelmed by their lovely responses. Some are tweet sized and some deserved a blog post itself, some are lighthearted and some are along the lines of Zen sayings! But every single response packs a punch. Here are their inspiring/motivating thoughts to the million-dollar question: What is the Key to Happiness?
Hat tip: those featured in this article are genuine, caring/sharing people, my friends, not some random personality-development/self-improvement experts, or gurus. So don’t hesitate to follow them. Links to their Twitter profile and blog/website provided for your reference.
(Note: Listed in response-received order and some terrific, single-blog-post-worthy responses and some late entries will be added in part 2 which is still open and scroll down to submit your entries.)
My heartfelt thanks to all contributors. Shall we begin?
Ryan Setter | @RyanSetter
Making other people happy makes me extremely happy. This must be my “key.” There are so many ways presented to me throughout any given day in which to accomplish this, that there is just no excuse for me not to incorporate this into my daily lifestyle. Caution: random acts of kindness can be addictive.
For me the key to happiness has always been to hold up my umbrella so all the naysayers don’t rain on my parade.
Making the right choices in life, in order to live life to it’s fullest and in the moment.
I think the key to happiness is self-acceptance. Once you’re ok with yourself, you can let down all the unnecessary walls & you’re putting out a better vibe.
Everyone is unique and values differ from person to person. I believe a positive attitude coupled with kindness, tolerance, and appreciation in everything you touch and experience in life is key. Also knowing what you can and cannot change is imperative. Armed with this knowledge and actively striving to live a balanced life is my key to happiness.
For me, I think it’s being able to do things I want to do, and then also having responsibilities so I appreciate that time.
For us the key to happiness is to make lemonade when lemons are thrown at you. When you are facing problems you always have the choice to look at it as a challenge or an opportunity to make life better. You can either feel defeated and give up or you can face the problem head on and find solutions. You can even ask for help when you need it. Prayers and keeping a positive attitude helps a lot. Sometimes we don’t see or understand why bad things happen to us, but when the right time comes you will eventually see that there was a reason why. You just haven’t seen it yet. Our attitude towards the situation that we are experiencing that helps us move forward and keep the joy and happiness in our hearts intact.
Finding what you love to do and doing it with everything you got!
Judy | @LUKIKA
My key to happiness is my family’s happiness, well being and the knowledge that they are loved unconditionally. That allows me to find happiness in other areas of my life, as well.
Gail Barnes / Dr G | @ZAGrrl
My quote regarding happiness would be “If you can’t be a musician, be the song.”
The key to happiness is always being grateful! A friend recently shared: Being happy doesn’t make us grateful; being grateful makes us happy!
In my life, I have weathered many storms. To be honest, things are still a bit turbulent right now. But I still smile a lot and I guess my biggest weapon against dread is that I choose to be happy. I want happiness for my family and myself and so I choose to be… Happy
Being able to live a live aligned to your Life’s purpose. Thought I knew that when I was younger and discovered did not dig deep enough. When you are operating from intentional consciousness, and listen to your bodies messages you will live life like a fine tuned instrument. Creating a sustainable form of happiness.
10 things that contribute to a happy life: Wealth, desire, intelligence, genetics, beauty, friendship, marriage, faith, charity and age.
The Key to Happiness is Unconditional Love.
Start each day with a fresh attitude of joy and gratitude. Be happy with what you have and bring happiness to others. Because it always comes back to you!
Happiness is a state of being; it’s a decision to become responsible to take care of your own needs…all of them! You choose not to rely on external conditions anymore to provide yourself with care, love, food etc. Unfortunately, we’re shown the opposite most of the time in movies and on television series where people are perfect, rich, fusional, always have make up even when they get out of bed in the morning! I call it the Snow White syndrome. The consumerism preaches, “You are what you possess, your status in society, your job, your body, your beauty!” I say get back the power of you, it’s within, not out there.
Contentment and peace within
Don’t fixate upon what you don’t have and be thankful for what you do have. Contentment is the core of happiness.
The biggest key for me is attitude and keeping positive. Although we all face adversity at some time in our lives, it is the ability to manage our highs and lows and be grateful for what we have. Look at the glass as half full rather than half empty.
When we do something for others like helping them in the time of need and serve them so by doing that the joy you will get that’s your real happiness you get. World is full of overcoming as much you spread happiness and joy in the world you will also get the same response back. So keep spreading love and joy. Keep Rocking.
Yvonne | @YvonneWindell
To me happiness is when your loved ones treat you with respect and make you feel important… and of course, when you know you can trust them.
I’ll just say a few general “keys” which are usually the core and meaningfulness of happiness:
- having a healthy mind and body
- being satisfied and appreciate what you have
- feeling good about yourself + trust your natural instincts and intuitive nature
- facing problems honestly
- having good friends and a meaningful work
There’s one “unofficial” thing – having enough money for a decent life (at least :P)
Appreciating what you have, recognizing, and letting go of the things that are unimportant…
The key to happiness is balance. Oh yeah, and Free Wi-Fi
My key to happiness – Positive people around you, positive thoughts in your head and a life lived without regret!
Happiness is when I am with my loved one doing and talking about the things that we love! We don’t have to be together physically but we are on the same wave length because we are connected. This is because LOVE is the big factor!
For me, the key to Happiness is prioritizing everything around me. It can be family, work, friends, colleagues, food, fun, and parties, anything that I do. I just arrange them as per their priority and enjoy being with or doing them to the best I can.
All have different mantras for being happy; mine would always be “Expect less Give MORE” and “Patience is always the LIFE.” At the initial stages, you might feel like you’re in the wrong path, but once you start loving people without judging them, you’ll never have a reason to hate anyone and hence Happiness resides besides you all the time.
There are many ways to be happy The only person you can make you happy is always “YOU.” If you’re sick of your life, you must always prefer for vitamin “U” and move forward with all your vitamins of your life. I think if given a chance I can write a book about this.
For me, happiness comes from being authentic, having meaningful connections, appreciating, and enjoying a simple life. All this contributes to seeing the big picture.
Key to happiness is a grateful heart, if one can’t be grateful, nothing seems to be enough and the happiness will depend on things or situations, though genuine grateful heart comes from the faith and hope to GOD.
pagan | @torque10
Key to happiness is contentment. Being content with who you are and what you have in life. Happiness must begin from within before you can search without.
Happiness is about choosing what you see regardless of what you’re viewing. Think and see positive & happiness follows!
*Title image credit: UAman
Before wrapping up…
Considering the length (1750+ words already!), this article will be continued and concluded in Part 2, which I planned to publish on Jan 30 (Monday.) As I mentioned earlier, some awesome contributions worth the blog-post are waiting in line!
Now, It’s time to express your views about friends’ responses and also your take on the Key to Happiness in the comments section below.
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