...........I read this yesterday and loved it, some real gems and nothing to do with property Forumula for Dissatisfaction So much of our unhappiness comes from a constant desire for more. And that desire is warranted, but the problem lies in when we try to obtain happiness through material possessions. We don’t like to admit it, but it’s true. That’s why shopping is such a common, though ineffective, solution when we are feeling down. More is better, right? Happiness starts with the realization that stuff isn’t going to make you happy. Before you dismiss that last sentence, stop and think, seriously. Do you feel like buying or having stuff can make you happy? It can temporarily, but do you feel like it’s actually the solution when you’re not feeling happy? If so, you’ve found your first problem: you put a higher value on physical possessions than they deserve. Happiness “Happiness is a choice, not a result. Nothing will make you happy until you choose to be happy. No person will make you happy unless you decide to be happy. Your happiness will not come to you. It can only come from you.” -Ralph Marston Money can’t buy happiness. It’s been proven. If you’re not happy now, you need to fix the problem now. Stop waiting on something to happen for you to be happy. You’ve heard it, and probably said it, before: I’ll be happy once I’m debt-free I’ll be happy once I get married I’ll be happy once I get that promotion I’ll be happy once my upcoming test is over I’ll be happy once I am retired and sipping margaritas in Cozumel How to Actually Achieve Happiness Material possessions can provide temporary happiness, but true happiness comes from a deep sense of purpose. For me, that means finding my worth in Jesus Christ and living for Him. For you, that may mean something completely different. That point is, you have to have your “why.” Why you wake up each day. Why you’re on this earth. Why you were put here in the first place. Entitlement is running rampant in our culture, and it kills happiness, because it puts the ball in someone else court. Pick up the ball. Someone else isn’t going to fulfill your happiness. Happiness is your decision. Other people can only hinder it if you let them. All of this sounds way easier than it is, and I realize that, because I try to live this everyday too and it’s not easy. But remember, happiness may not be the most important thing. You’re here for a reason — a reason much bigger than yourself. When you start thinking outwards about others and less about yourself, you’ll find that happiness comes naturally. Find your why. Minimize distractions. Choose to be happy.