As we go about our daily lives, most of us don’t consciously think about how blessed we are. After all, most of us have food, shelter, clothing, and people who care about us. Additionally, a majority of us also have insurance, transportation, and other society driven essentials.
Yet, instead of basking in the glory of all we have, many of us get caught up in what we do not have. Society, advertising, and our own egos lead us to believe that we “need” other things to “make” us happy. The problem is that the next product or service will not make a person any happier than the last product or service.
It is fine to want to have money to travel, have a nice home, or own the latest technology. It is important, however, that you obtain these items because you “want” them, not because you “need” them. You may enjoy them, but they will not provide you with happiness. And, they may in fact get in the way of your happiness. Some of the happiest people are those that don’t worry about these extras.
Happiness is a state of mind, where we are in control of how we feel and what makes us happy. If you are not happy, consider the reasons. If your basic needs are met, what is missing and would truly make you happy?
Consider if you have enough of what you truly need. This doesn’t mean that you have to give up everything except the essentials or that you can’t dream. What it does mean is that you can consciously recognize that you have what you need and you can choose for that to be enough.
Imagine that you decide to be happy with what you have, both people and things. Wouldn’t that really be enough?