Yet another year starts bringing with it hopes, dreams, expectations, aspirations, wishes for happiness, goodness, prosperity and, surely, an anticipation of a better future. Not only does this entail hope but also a reason to keep smiling, even in hard times, in addition to thinking positive and living life to the fullest. Success and happiness lie in a positive outlook on life. Judging from my own experience, this is an invincible host against hardship. Let us stop pointing fingers and placing blames! After all, happiness is a choice even when you see no light at the end of the tunnel. Don't forget that beyond the darkest of nights, there is the promise of dawn. This is the essence of happiness.
Regardless of colour, race, religion, social status, nationality or ideology, our main purpose in life is to be happy. To me, happiness is subjective and relative to what each one of us expects in life. It's variable as it changes with age. In my childhood, happiness was playing with my dolls and listening to my grandma's amazing fairy tales! Later in my teens, happiness was doing well at school, hanging out with my friends, falling in love all the time and getting on well with my parents.
Now, as an adult, my priorities have changed. Happiness has become entwined with my job, my husband and all these little things in everyday life that make me feel so happy- for example, watching the sunrise or the sunset, listening to the rain while reading "The Four Quartets" for the upteenth time, listening to Neil Diamond's songs, blogging or simply cooking a meal with Alkis.
I have now realised that happiness isn't a state, it's a positive emotion, it's an attitude, it's a hug, it's getting every niggle off your chest, it's facing your fears and taking opportunities when they come.
"For last year's words belong to last year's language. And next year's words await another voice." ― T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets