Realize you can be happy this moment for no reason. Otherwise, you eternally depend on conditions for happiness. Unconscious of this moment, you remain a victim of circumstances.
-Arthur D. Saftlass
Happiness is a state of being, not a destination; I think we all understand this ideology. But in order to not depend on conditions for happiness, we have to consciously choose to be happy in the moment; the paradox is choosing itself is often a condition.
Here me out: Hope is a function of struggle. To develop high levels of hopefulness, you have to struggle in life; you have to face disappointment, and deal with conflict. This teaches us how to assert our-self. So therein it can be defined that hope isn’t an emotion, it is a cognitive process; a way of thinking.
I believe high levels of hope and and an optimistic outlook on life are the self-reinforced conditions that help an individual to make the choice, both consciously and unconsciously to be happy in the moment.
Looking at my own life, I’ve come to realize this is my secret. I choose to always see the good, to believe that things will work out. I choose to be happy for no reason in particular; I am no longer a victim of circumstances.
My inspiration to synthesize this piece came from my reading of Brene Brown’s Daring Greatly and my personal outlook on life.