How Happy Are You?

How Happy Are You?

In my younger days, I used to [very naively] think that happiness was an occasional one-off experience like a party celebration or Christmas which is now fast approaching.  I never really thought of happiness as an ongoing ‘state of being’ which is really quite sad when I think about it.

I remember very clearly a friend commenting on a beautiful bowl of fresh fruit – piled high with strawberries, raspberries etc.  At the time, I can now rather shamefully admit, I thought this was a bit of a banal comment.  What’s to get excited about over a bowl of fresh fruit I remember saying to myself.  Yet now, when I look back and think about how I’ve changed I realise that I was the ignorant one.

Happiness is all around us if we look hard enough and take a moment to appreciate everything we have.

I’m not a follower of football but I read that Zinedine Zidane once said: –

I once cried because I had no shoes to play football with my friends but then I saw a man with no feet and I realized how rich I am.

Happiness isn’t measured by life’s grand gestures.  Happiness is within us all and stems from the gratitude of what we have right now.

If I ever feel myself slipping into a ‘pity party’ over something I think about a lady I once had the privilege to know.  She was a mother of four young children and was truly one of the most sweet-natured and kind people I had ever met.  Yet, in 2015 she died of breast cancer at the age of 34 and she didn’t complain once about life having dealt her a poor hand.  I often tell myself that she would have given anything to be in my situation and be experiencing my very minor gripes and whinges.  It surely puts things into perspective let me tell you.

It’s only as I’ve grown older and learned from experiences that I have realized how we should appreciate and enjoy the moment we are in.  Grand gestures come and go but our everyday lives carry on.  It is our duty to make our own lives as happy as possible in order to make the lives of others as happy as possible too.

Take pleasure from the simple things: a conversation with a friend, a hot bath, getting lost in a fantastic book or the flowers in your garden.  They are our foundations of happiness and life is too short to experience anything less.

I wish you every success for your digital future!

Rachel A Hill LLB [Hons]

Digital Entrepreneur, Lawyer, Private Tutor and Author

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