I wish I had known this when I was a kid. Most of the people I know when I was a kid attributed happiness to some external factor. Like it’s a state that will happen only after certain conditions (either self-imposed or imposed by the people around you) have been met. So people got really busy with the “means”, assuming that they would eventually attain happiness at some point in there lives when they have become rich, or whatever it is that they’re trying to attain.
Fast forward to 1998 when I migrated here in the States and I have been learning a lot of things that are very enlightening. Things as simple as happiness being a choice, for instance. That it comes from within you and not entirely dependent on things outside of you. That happiness can be derived from merely appreciating what you have, or what’s surrounding you. That happiness is a matter of choice which not only uplifts you, but is a powerful feeling that could and would change your reality, should you choose to be one, everyday. Happiness does not only affect you, but the people around you as well, giving off that positive energy that will keep attracting more positive and happy events, people, circumstances, back to you.
Now that I’m a parent myself and have fully embraced the fact that I create my own reality through the choices I make, I am definitely inspiring kids, most especially my own, to be happy. Hopefully, I’d be able instill this basic value in them, that happiness is a choice that we could enjoy now, merely by appreciating ourselves, what we have, other people, and choosing to see the good in everything.