Cultivate, Don’t Chase Happiness

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This is my variation of Einstein’s quote “If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not people or things.” While I agree that’s on the right track, I’ve found that attaching satisfaction or contentment to something means I’m chasing after it. I prefer to cultivate joy in my life by practicing gratitude. This way I can be content with things as they are, not as I want them to be, wish they were, or dependent upon things that may never happen. Today I want to encourage you to find something to be grateful for and find happiness just because it exists.

What are your thoughts? Do you like the idea of cultivating a joyful life versus chasing after happiness? Did you need so see this message today? I’d love to hear from you, feel free to share in the comments!

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15 Replies to “Cultivate, Don’t Chase Happiness”

  1. Well said! Right now, I am trying to find the balance between having dreams and also being happy without them coming true. It is a fine line I think, and not the easiest to walk, but I think presence helps. Having dreams is a good thing but you can’t spend all your time dreaming about the future or what could happen (which I do too much!). Xxx

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    1. I know exactly what you mean. For the majority of my adult life my happiness was anchored to results. Once I learned how to love and accept myself for who I am not what I achieve, what I do, or what I look like, that changed everything for me. Of course I have dreams and ambitions and I take action each day to bring it to fruition. But I’m happy day to day, I celebrate the little things, and a lot of times I realize how important those little things really are.

      Keep dreaming, keep taking action to make those dreams come true, just remember you deserve happiness just because you exist. ❤ ❤ ❤


  2. I think what you just posted can be a huge paradigm shift for many people. People are accustomed to having to chase happiness and make things happen but not a lot of thought is given to simply having gratitude over things that we are already blessed to have. Well said indeed!

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    1. Thank you. This is something I learned while trying to overcome my battle with depression. It’s a process I share in more detail in my upcoming book. Since then, I’ve learned there are several amazing people spreading this message. I think in a society focused on consumerism it’s easy to be fooled into thinking happiness is something you chase even if it’s not in a materialistic way. My intention is to encourage and empower those that I cross paths with in person and online. I’m glad you enjoyed this and thanks for taking the time to comment. Happy Monday ❤

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  3. I completely agree! You can be the most successful person on earth but if you fail to stop and appreciate what you have, none of it will lead to happiness. Whenever things get a little tough I go to the basics that are actually blessings. Really enjoyed this, thank you.

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    1. I’m so glad it resonated with you. I’ve met a lot of successful people by society’s standards and I feel bad for them. They have a lot of stuff and stress and little happiness. Of course that’s not every successful person but I did notice that in more than I expected. On the flip side, I’ll never forget a trip I went on when I was in high school. We spent five moths doing a clothing and toy drive, and took everything to Mexico. We spent four days in this tiny town. We have out everything we took and helped paint and rebuild parts of the elementary school. The people were the poorest I had ever experienced at that point in my life. They were also the happiest. The kids especially. They were happy for the gifts but they were especially happy we went to visit. It was incredible. The kids gave us gifts, the girls collected the tabs of soda cans and made little belts with them by weaving them onto a piece of cloth. They didn’t have much but what little they did, they wanted to share. That’s an experience that will always be with me.

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      1. Oh my gosh! I often tell my own children what great teachers they are! So wise, compassionate, kind, and great problem solvers. They inspire me to connect with my inner child more often 🙂

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