I’ve searched for happiness in many ways throughout my life. While (over)eating gives you a brief thrill, it wears off quickly as negative emotions follow, like guilt or shame. Shopping has a similar effect; the excitement doesn’t last as long as you’d hope it would, as you quickly become accustomed and apathetic to your new stuff, and begin the hunt for the next purchase. Even happiness from others is momentary; no one is out to entertain and please you 24/7.
The only happiness that is truly lasting comes from within. At first, it’s hard to notice because it feels more subtle and quiet than external happiness. But build that internal happiness muscle and you’ll always be able to access it when you need it.
This mantra was inspired by the Oprah & Deepak free meditation series, Finding Your Flow, that is currently running. Check it out!