Since I started the week off with a blog entry about ‘The Key to Happiness’, I thought that I would continue on with this theme. I guess this week can be ‘happiness week’ for the We Design LA blog.

“The best feeling in the world is realizing that you’re perfectly happy without the thing you thought you needed.”
– Marxie

“Happiness is not determined by what’s happening around you, but rather what’s happening inside you. Most people depend on others to gain happiness, but the truth is, it always comes from within.
– Anonymous

“Even if happiness forgets you a little bit, never completely forget about it.”
—Jaques Prevert

After watching the Science of Happiness’ video, I continued my search for more information about this matter. There were so many interesting reads that I found myself pondering over. The truth is, with tumblr, facebook, pinterest, and other sources of social media, I have already heard the gist of the sources of happiness in life. Just look at all of those inspirational posts, with the pretty refreshing backgrounds overlaid by quotes about how beautiful life is. I’m certainly not the type to sound cynical about these beautiful posts; they have greatest intensions to bring a smile onto our faces. In the midst of our busy schedules, we decide to go through our daily updates on these social media websites. Yes, they may bring a smile on our faces, but in reality, how often do we actually think about what they mean? How often do we apply them to our own lives, and try to change the flaws that can potentially bring more brightness to our everyday activities? Personally, I’m a victim of this very behaviour. There are too many times, where I found myself enjoying the posts, but at the same time, I tend to lean towards the perception that it’s merely just a tumblr post and it really does not hold much validity. Or I’m much too busy with my own life to spend the time to think that these posts and articles hold a valid point. Do me a favour,  as well as yourself, and try to at least give these posts the benefit of doubt and allow them to implement their experience into your own life. Heck, the only reason why they’re voicing themselves is because they’ve gone through that speed bump, and thus, are expressing their thoughts and lessons that they learned from their personal experience. I am a person who values learning from my own experiences, good or bad. I find that these experiences are more influential when I personally slave through them or enjoy them. However, If I was given a heads up and took into account another blogger’s insight, maybe I will have that extra umpth that will lead to more success to my own experiences (especially for topics such as happiness).


So to start you off, I have some articles that I found online:

1. Why Happiness is A State Of Mind.
As I mentioned in my previous post that happiness is a mindset. This article states that happiness is no longer just an emotion, but it is a state a being; it’s a mentality. How do you achieve such a mentality? Well, there isn’t a set of rules or a guidebook that will lead you to definite happiness. The first thing that you must realize is that happiness is not something that should be complicated; nor should it be hard to achieve, but it is something that has to be worked for. There is, however, advice that can teach you to find your own true happiness. Check out the full article.

2. Happiness is a Choice
Happiness is a choice, you can choose it right now! This article explains how happiness can become a choice that you can choose to live by every morning. I know, it’s cliche to say, but sometimes, it can help turn a bad day into a good one. Being satisfied with your current life, doesn’t mean that aspiration is bad. As the blogger comments that the concept of growth is the purpose of existence: everything is for the development of our souls. Click here.

3. Accepting Who You Are and Learning to Love being Alone.
The last article is less about what happiness is, but it expands on how acceptance is an important step into allowing yourself to be happy. Relationships can be both fulfilling and difficult, but learning to be alone and appreciating it is at a whole new level of beauty. Click here.