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Ever wondered what genuine happiness requires? It is a question that plagues me daily. I am not a deeply religious person- but I am a deeply spiritual person. I believe in a higher power and I truly believe all living things are connected by this power.

There are certain tenets I live by. I meditate on a daily basis, I try and not utter words that might hurt another living being and I try my hardest to be happy. (I have to admit that I am not as evolved as I sound here, much of this simply comes from my parents) And I constantly re-evaluate if I am living a life that takes me away or toward my goals.

And at the end of the day when you think about it- when you talk about real true happiness- it turns out to be the kind that money cannot buy. Don’t get me wrong I am not about to go all ascetic on you and ditch my make-up just yet.

My list of WANTS most likely looks pretty similar to most of yours

The 2014 Rolls-Royce Phantom EWB- Fuel economy is overrated right!

The Hermes Birkin Crocodile Bags – You know a bag is worth it, when a saltwater crocodile had to die!

The Intensité Volumizing Serum- One might think $600 an ounce is a little steep but if I don’t  pay for the $100 million of R&D then who is going to?

But that’s talking about wants- and apparently satisfying wants does not necessarily make us happier.

So what does one NEED to be happy then?

Turns out the right ingredients are:

ONE pink balloon

TWO plastic leis

And someone who will shower you a lot of LOVE for no reason whatsoever.

I wish I had an aunt who spoiled me rotten!

Turns out if you have these ingredients- you’re pretty much set on the happiness department. All we felt in the moments pictured above was happiness and years from now when we look at these images all we will feel will be happiness.

True happiness it seems is not to be found in things that are transient. It is in memories and experiences that are timeless, boundless and priceless.

It is very much a choice.

A choice in the people that we surround ourselves with.

A choice in the things that we tend to remember about our own past.

And a choice in what we fill our days with.

In the end I could not have worded it better myself.

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.”

-Dalai Lama

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  1. Sudipta #

    I can see how your positive thinking is evolving everyday. Wishes fulfilled yet? :) Happiness is the state of mind as per my knowledge , the state of mind in which one finds a stimulant which pleases the individual and senses send the pulse to the brain that something delightful happened. Anyways the pursuit of Happiness changes from person to person. But you rightly said it here it’s all about the “Choices” we make :)..a very good read

    February 7, 2014
  2. I love your post (and your list of wants–I’m totally with you daaahling!).
    I think the best way to be happy is to take pleasure in little every day things. Take pleasure in the warmth that comes from a hot cup of tea or a warm bath. Take pleasure in being able to laugh and to have things to laugh about. Take pleasure when you make someone smile. Treat yourself to little luxuries (if you cant afford the Phantom just yet). Most importantly always count your blessings. I think once you can appreciate the little things, the big things are just the icing on the cake.
    May you always have loads of happiness daaahling, you deserve it
    *kisses* H

    February 7, 2014
  3. Nice post! I think there is a lot we can learn from our kids about the true meaning of happiness :-)

    February 10, 2014

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