This month at our center the theme is happiness. I find myself thinking about it a lot, talking about it with parents, youth and other students of life like myself. My belief about happiness is being happy comes naturally. It's natural to be happy. One idea presented during my happiness research this month is that we each have a "set point" like a default on the thermostat for our happiness. In this model, no matter what the outside circumstances spike at (the highs and the lows) eventually I will find myself once again at my own default. I can reflect back on my life and see this pattern which is not exactly "making me happy". So my question becomes how do I really get happy and stay happy? How do I reset my happiness thermostat to default at a higher level, how do I increase my capacity?
One thing I absolutely know and trust is that whenever there is a question the answer will be revealed. A solution to every problem exists. This morning as I walked through my house I saw the answer written on my wall. Literally, there it was in beautiful elegant writing, framed, hanging where I see it many times every day reminding me of my good.
In this moment my good comes to me
enough and to spare, to give and to share.
It can never be exhausted, my good can never be depleted
because that Source from which my good comes is inexhaustible.
Today in this moment, the Law responds to my thought.
My word is one of affirmation, rising from the knowledge
that the Good, the Enduring and the True are Eternalities
in my experience. I cannot be apart from that which is my good.
My good is assured me by God, that Indwelling Essence of my life.
- Ernest Holmes
How am I incereasing my happiness? By trusting that indwelling source from which all good comes. How are you increasing your happiness?