“Folks are usually about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” This is what Abe Lincoln felt.

For some, happiness is a common occurrence.  For others, it is like a sunny day in a land of cloudy skies, rainy days.  Happiness can be a sudden flash–here today, gone tomorrow. Often, a great win in sports creates massive happiness yet dissipates too quickly because it is not enough.

Yet, the real truth is happiness is an attitude, a state of mind.  Happiness is a mental or emotional state of pleasurable well-being.  This produces a delight in life.

Happiness is NOT:

  1.  Feeling good all the time;
  2.  Having everything you want materially;
  3.  Reaching all your goals; or
  4.  Having the perfect marriage and job.

These circumstances affecting our lives are happiness myths.

Happiness is a gift to be treasured.  Happiness makes our soul blossom. Solomon agreed with this:  “I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live…this is the gift of God.” (Ecclesiastes 3:12-13)