Only You Can Ignite Your Inner Happiness

Only You Can Ignite Your Inner Happiness

Happiness is a part of life that we all hold the key to.
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Happiness seems like such a simple thing to have, especially when Walt Disney says that "Happiness is simply a state of mind." Well, if happiness really is such an easy thing to have then why is it so hard for people to find it? Why if it is so easy to be happy do people spend their lives searching for what gives them genuine happiness when the search doesn't need to happen at all?

Maybe the reason people have to spend their whole life searching for happiness is because of that fact right there: happiness isn't meant to be found, especially in only one thing. In fact, happiness isn't something that you suddenly discover as people seem to think because happiness is not a destination -- happiness is a life-long journey.

There are many things that mimic the feeling of happiness-- like buying a new car or new clothes-- but that excitement fades quickly because both the source of happiness and the excitement you feel isn't sustainable. Real, genuine happiness is like love, it is there to stay through everything that life throws your way and when it is all said and done, true happiness will leave you feeling as though you lived the life that you were given, well.

True happiness can be discovered at any point in life, and is, but what makes us happy changes as we grow emotionally, spiritually, and physically. Regardless of your age, true happiness can be felt when you take chances, do things that you never thought were possible and end up proving yourself wrong, and challenging yourself to do the things that really make you happy and feel alive even though society may say that it isn't "cool."

So, please, for your sake, stop searching for happiness. Stop hoping that it will magically appear at your doorstep. And, most importantly, stop wishing you could be as happy as the person next door. If you want to be happy, do as Walt Disney says and have a happy state of mind, challenge yourself, do something new, figure out exactly who you are meant to be and find people like you, and take advantage of every opportunity and an open door that is presented to you. Only then will inner happiness arrive. Everyone wants to look back on their life when they are 85 years old and know that they didn't just live but they lived the life that they were given, well.

Happiness is something that we as individual people have control over. Only we can make ourselves be truly happy and I think deep down inside, we all know how to make ourselves happy, we are just too scared to step out of our comfort zones and try. Imagine how much brighter your day, your week, and your year could be if only you had the strength right now to choose to be happy. Happiness is only one positive, personal choice away.







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To The Parent Who Chose Addiction

Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.

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When I was younger I resented you, I hated every ounce of you, and I used to question why God would give me a parent like you. Not now. Now I see the beauty and the blessings behind having an addict for a parent. If you're reading this, it isn't meant to hurt you, but rather to thank you.

Thank you for choosing your addiction over me.

Throughout my life, you have always chosen the addiction over my programs, my swim meets or even a simple movie night. You joke about it now or act as if I never questioned if you would wake up the next morning from your pill and alcohol-induced sleep, but I thank you for this. I thank you because I gained a relationship with God. The amount of time I spent praying for you strengthened our relationship in ways I could never explain.

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Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.

The amount of hurt and disappointment our family has gone through has brought us closer together. I have a relationship with Nanny and Pop that would never be as strong as it is today if you had been in the picture from day one. That in itself is a blessing.

Thank you for showing me how to love.

From your absence, I have learned how to love unconditionally. I want you to know that even though you weren't here, I love you most of all. No matter the amount of heartbreak, tears, and pain I've felt, you will always be my greatest love.

Thank you for making me strong.

Thank you for leaving and for showing me how to be independent. From you, I have learned that I do not need anyone else to prove to me that I am worthy of being loved. From you, I have learned that life is always hard, but you shouldn't give into the things that make you feel good for a short while, but should search for the real happiness in life.

Most of all, thank you for showing me how to turn my hurt into motivation.

I have learned that the cycle of addiction is not something that will continue into my life. You have hurt me more than anyone, but through that hurt, I have pushed myself to become the best version of myself.

Thank you for choosing the addiction over me because you've made me stronger, wiser, and loving than I ever could've been before.

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To The Big-Hearted Girls Who Just Can't Hit The Block Button

Your compassion for others knows no bounds, and that's why you can't seem to let them go.

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Not everyone is worthy of your good heart.

It might be hard to accept that, but it's true. The ones that don't deserve your attention and your care always out themselves. Maybe they take advantage of your kindness, maybe they use you for your love, or maybe they hurt you because they envy some aspect of you or your life. Whatever the case may be, I know you feel the pain from it. I know you are not naive enough to believe that they don't mean the hurtful things they say or that the awful things they put you through are only mere accidents.

Your problem is that you have too big of a heart. You love giving second chances and when they screw that chance up as well, you just can't help yourself from giving them a third, a fourth, or a fifth. Far too easily you are swept up in this cycle of forgiving and forgetting, only to have it blow up in your face time and time again.

You know better.

How many times have you sworn you wouldn't help them again, that it was the last time you'd speak to them, only to snatch up your phone the second you see their name pop up across the screen? How often have you cried over someone who only wanted to be a part of your life when they needed something from you?

Stop giving your all to people that don't care.

Trust me, I know it's easier said than done. It's a difficult habit to break, but once you do you are completely and utterly free from the toxicity. If you're looking for a sign to block that boy who has done nothing but break your heart, or if you were waiting for your cue to finally end that friendship that does nothing but make you feel small, here it is.

Unfortunately, not everyone is going to treat you with the love and respect that you so freely give. Most of the time the people that treat you like crap are just crappy people. It's not your responsibility to save every troubled soul, and you've probably learned by now that not all of them want to be saved.

There's nothing wrong with looking for the good in people, but when they start to drain you of your light you need to have the strength to let them go.

To the girls gifted with hearts too sensitive and ready to burst with compassion, it's OK to cut ties with those who hurt you time and time again. It doesn't mean you've stooped to their level; it doesn't mean you're a bad person. You tried your hardest, but toxic people rarely change their ways. You don't deserve that kind of pain.

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