FYI | Day 2 – Happiness

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For Your Inspiration! (FYI!) Month 2011 – This article was part of an exciting and challenging month dedicated to discovering passions, setting goals, learning success strategies, and sharing thoughts to ponder throughout the day!  If you’d like to find out what this month was all about, check out FYI Month 2011 for more information!

FYI: For-Your-Inspiration Month!


Can you define ‘Happiness’?

Happiness is a term that cannot be confined to a dictionary definition and must be expressed in language that rings true in your own heart.  Some notable definitions of Happiness I find humorous or motivating are:

  • “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  • “True happiness is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.” – Helen Keller
  • “If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.” – Albert Einstein
  • “Happiness is not the absence of problems but the ability to deal with them.” – Unknown
  • “Happiness comes only from appreciating what you have right now. You can even be happy by appreciating your troubles because they are helping to build your character.” – Harriet Meyerson
  • “But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads.” – Albert Camus
  • “What’s the use of happiness? It can’t buy you money!” – Henny Youngman
  • “Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.” – Albert Schweitzer

My Happiness

I believe that happiness is not found, it is created.  You choose happiness. If you have not read the About, here is my definition of Happiness (I tend to be a little more wordy!):

Happiness is a state of mind and a way of travel, not a destination.  We don’t work hard to get it and finally it’s ours, instead, we must be constantly diligent to maintain it.  We travel on this road of life via happiness.  What is happiness to me?  Happiness is sustained joy and sense of well-being carried with me day-to-day.  Happiness is sharing that joy with others and brightening other’s lives.  Happiness is optimism and the rewards that come from it.  Happiness is the never-ceasing growth as an individual, and the noticeable change over time.  Happiness can be seen and felt and is contagious.

When we are clear about what creates happiness in us, we have a baseline to strive for and consciously be aware of.  Referring back to our definition of happiness allows us to recognize if we are on the right track. Create your definition of happiness then start living it.

Your Task

You guessed it.  Today’s task is to create your definition of Happiness.

  • Brainstorm. Write it down.  Keep it in your own words.
  • Make sure it sounds like your voice and rings true for you.
  • Make it pretty, and put it somewhere you will see it regularly.
  • (Feel free to post your definition in the comment section below)

Spend time today thinking about your definition of happiness, and while you are at it, think about everything that makes you happy!

Have fun!

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5 thoughts on “FYI | Day 2 – Happiness”

  1. Mike says:

    My definition of happiness is receiving joy by making other people happy. Not sharing happiness is to not know happiness.

    Also, I love the quote by Henny Youngman! “What’s the use of happiness? It can’t buy you money!”

  2. Jessica - *JJ* says:

    I love your definition of happiness! Makes me happy just thinking about it! I’ll have to write that one down 😉

    I’m enjoying your FYI thing, I’ve already told a few friends. Keep it up!

    – JJ

  3. Check out Oprah’s commencement speech at Stanford. There’s some definite nuggets in there – Live for the present and stand for something larger than yourself. To be happy you have to give something back. Hope all is well!

    1. Greg Yung says:

      I’ll have a look 😉 I’m sure everyone will enjoy this, thanks!

      1. Greg Yung says:

        Oh, for those who don’t see it, you can click Andrea’s name and it will take you to the commencement speech!

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