When are you willing to experience happiness?
Written by Bridgette Allen, MAMFT
We often set limitations for when we can be happy.
I’ll be happy when I:
*get a house
*am in a relationship
*get a new job
*have straight A’s
*don’t feel stressed
*know they’ve changed
*work more/work less
How would life be different if we gave ourselves permission to be happy unexpectedly, for no reason at all? What if we noticed and embraced moments of happiness even in the most difficult of times?
Happiness is not and never will be a final destination. When we chase after happiness and allow it under self-inflicted limitations, like the list above, we are often greeted with unmet expectations. That’s because happiness is simply a state of mind to be enjoyed and not captured.