“Happiness is like a cat. If you try to coax it or call it, it will avoid you. It will never come. But if you pay no attention to it and go about your business, you’ll find it rubbing up against your legs and jumping into your lap.”

— William Bennett

If you ask just about anyone you meet what they want out of life, it is a sure bet that happiness is probably near the top of the list.  Advertisers certainly know this; and they spend millions of dollars trying to convince us that buying a specific product or seeing a specific film or vacationing in a specific place will make us happy.  We pursue the goods and services that promise us happiness, but it seems that we still come away feeling empty and wishing for more.

Our society has done us a great disservice.  We no longer know the difference between being happy and being entertained.  We seek things that entertain us and make us laugh out loud or offer us the artificial tears created by someone else’s idea of nostalgia.  We have been taught that happiness is something that lies in front of us and waits to be picked up and put on like a jacket and worn until we tire of it and leave it by the side of the road.  We have been taught that happiness can be bought and sold and that the highest bidder will win the prize.

It is sad that we spend so much of our time searching for something that is not only close at hand, but deep within us.  It is not for sale and cannot be bought at any price.  The secret to finding happiness is simple — all we need to do is live fully and be who we were born to be.  When we are in harmony with our own purpose, happiness comes searching for us.  We must not be confused by the definitions of happiness that are given by others.  Happiness is a personal thing, and when we live our truth and walk in rhythm with the universe, we will know what it means to be happy — not simply contented, but truly fulfilled.