The key skill is to learn to notice, accept and appreciate everything around us, and everyone we see and interact with.
Often if we fail to see good in things or people around us (or ourselves), it’s a failure to pay close attention. All around us are examples of beauty, creativity, inspiration, triumph, pain, joy, life.
"Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking." Marcus Aurelius Antoninus "Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give."
What do you want most in life? We've all been asked this particular question on multiple occasions. For many of us, the answer is simple - to live a happy life. We want to achieve happiness, and although the outlook of happiness is different for every one of us, that striking emotion still stays the same.
It's a pleasurable emotion brought by a state of well-being and contentment. It’s usually accompanied by an attachment to an idea, a destination or experience. It often weighs profoundly heavier on our subconscious.
We all know that money can't buy happiness ... but many times we act as if we'd be happier with a bit more money. We are conditioned to want to be rich (when we know the rich aren't happy either); we are trained to want the latest gadget or style that television tells us to want; we want to earn more money because then we'll have the good life.