Happiness is our choice because we each have the power to bring our mind to happy thoughts. That’s the primary power in happiness. It’s a state of mind. It’s the way we choose to look at things and how we relate to things. So we can set our minds free in our ongoing pursuit of happiness.
John-Roger, the founder of the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness (MSIA), once said, “If you want to be happy, do happy things. ” Although that may sound simple or you might think you don’t know how to do happy things, you can experience happiness in your mind by having happy thoughts. So regardless of what we’re doing or what’s happened, we can choose to be happy. By opening up to the happiness within, we each have a greater opportunity to bless the world with our happiness. In truth, we are so blessed that we can feel happy no matter what.
Through our trust and faith in God, we can know the blessings of happiness. Through that trust, we can realize that everything that ever takes place, in all of Creation, is never against anyone. God sustains good, all the time, every time. When we are consciously in accordance with that knowing, we have trust in God. We can trust that what is being done, what has been done, and what will be done is ultimately useful for greater good. There’s no point in fighting with it. There’s no point in judging it. There’s no point in being unhappy with what is.
Real, lasting happiness doesn’t come at the detriment of others or through againstness or denial of reality. When we’re attached and trapped by demanding against the world in some way, we can assign ourselves to misery like a ball and chain. We can become imprisoned by our disturbances, frustrations, irritations, or dissatisfactions. The more you can learn how to accept and get along with whatever you’re involved in, the more peace and happiness you can know in whatever you’re doing. When we have doubts or fears or when we judge ourselves or others, we can always let go and choose into the blessings of happiness because those blessings already are. So choose to be happy rather than in conflict with others or situations, regardless of what’s going on.
Others may not agree with your happiness. They may think you’re responding inappropriately. Clearly, there’s so much pain, suffering, and misery in the world, that there’s no need for us to add to it. If your choice for happiness is misunderstood or judged by others, you can turn to peace, understanding, and compassion by choosing to be happy regardless. You can feel happy simply because you experience happiness as your true nature.
When we choose happiness, we’re spontaneous and open to participate. We allow our creativity, that happy energy, to move out into the world and touch others. If you find yourself being serious or worrying, allow your true nature to lift you so you’re more aware of your joy and the happiness in others and situations. If you keep finding it difficult to be happy with what you’re doing, then consider you need to change whatever it is that you are doing. Even if you choose to be happy, what you’re doing may not be working. So sometimes a shift in attitude isn’t enough. At those times, let your happiness be your guide, and ask yourself, “What would make me happy here?”
Take a moment to let your true happiness show you what’s best. It might be as simple as asking for what you want and then being open to receiving it. Perhaps that takes courage. If it does, then choose to be courageous, especially when your happiness is on the line.
Remember that the source of your happiness is within you, not out in the world in what happens or what others do. God is happy. So choose to be happy because you can — because happiness is your nature and the truth of who you are. Then you can share the blessings of the true happiness that you know inside.
Baruch Bashan (the blessings already are)
John Morton, D.S.S. is the author of the inspiring books The Blessings Already Are and You Are the Blessings: Meditations and Reflections on Life, God and Us. Learn more about John’s works at www.johnmortonministries.org. Contact John at firstname.lastname@example.org
Originally published in 2010