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Monday, August 31, 2015

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Happiness 
I've debated on this word for quite a while now. 
I sat down on the back balcony when at the beach a few weeks ago overlooking the ocean ready to write and post it, but I was so hesitant about it, that I didn't let myself finish it. It has sat on the back burner lately due to the many other happenings in my life. 
And, here I am still arguing with myself of its significance. 
I think I've only been debating this so thoughtfully because of how clichè the word has become these days, and I refuse to allow something so important become just another hackneyed phrase.
So, here is my attempt at creating a new meaning for the word "Happiness" in order that it be made into something more easily attained and sought after by the lonely souls in this crazy world.

I used to be a firm believer in the "Pursuit of Happiness." I used to think that if someone wanted to be happy, they had to do something incredibly successful to gain that happiness. I used to believe certain things could make me happy. 
I remember a specific moment in my life wanting an item that had a heavy price tag, and thinking, "Wow, if I could have that, I would be SO happy." But, as I've grown older, the price tag on those things that I want only seem to grow larger and less practical.

After I hesitantly sat contemplating "happiness" on the balcony at the beach that day, I closed my laptop and went inside. Later that night, my family and I got all dressed up simply just to go out for ice cream. 
In the midst of licking my ice cream cone to keep it from running down my arm in the summer heat, and laughing out loud with my family watching them licking theirs in the same fashion, I realized something incredibly significant. 
Happiness can truly be found in the simplest forms... even down to a scoop of ice cream on a cone in the middle of the summer. 
Even after this little epiphany, I continued to wait to write this down. My reason for that being I wanted to spend the rest of my summer looking at life in this way. With the mindset that happiness can be found in any place you look for it. The rest of my summer consisted of babysitting where I found such joy in the giggles and tickles of the little children I had the pleasure of tucking in at night, spending a few last days with my best friends enjoying the brilliance of being young and so free, and sweet moments with my phenomenal family where happiness with them is so effortlessly found.

Throughout the last few weeks of my summer, and now into the beginning of my Junior year of college, I have also developed another theory in an effort to find happiness. This conclusion is also linked to the fact that happiness is equivalent to simplicity. And, this is the word: contentment. 
Being content with who you are, what you're chasing after, and where you are in this moment will ultimately result in the finding of your happiness.
In a conversation I recently had with someone, I was approached with the statement, "Maggie, I'm not content with just me. I feel like I need things to make me happy. I need the perfect job, I need the perfect haircut, I need these things. I'm confused as to why I'm not content and happy." 
And, my response was simply, "With contentment comes happiness."
This is a concept I've only just recently learned; therefore, I'm still processing how to believe in it myself. 
But, I do consider it to be more than true.
Like my explanation of the "positive potion" in Exfoliate, happiness dwells in our mindset, and how we allow ourselves to view life.

Regardless of what one might believe, happiness is attainable. Happiness begins and ends with what we allow ourselves to think, believe, and then, achieve. 

Become content and confident in who you are, and happiness will certainly be found in your future.

H is for Happiness.
M

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