0177C: Thinking About Happiness Again

What Type of Happiness Matters Most to You?

Yesterday, March 20, was the United Nations International Day of Happiness. The goal of this particular "holiday" is to stress the importance of true happiness as opposed to happiness solely derived from material things. And this is completely separate from the #100HappyDays movement, which seems to have similar goals. And given the state of the world, we could certainly use more people thinking about being happy.

On March 6 a Korean committed suicide by jumping off the 24th floor of the GA Tower building.

Yesterday, a model jumped off the 28th floor of the Renaissance Tower 1000 building and also died.

Also yesterday, a man jumped to his death from the fourth floor of Robinson's Place Manila.

So yes, we definitely need to count our blessings and determine what makes us truly happy in this world. It might be owning your own property. It might be learning how to cook a meal all by yourself. It might be spending time with a loved one. It might just be rolling around in the mud with your dog.

We define our happiness, and thus we control it. Happiness is truly a choice since we're the ones who determine the parameters of what makes us feel happier. We open ourselves to a universe of possibilities and we try to greet each new day with a smile on our faces. It makes a heck of a lot more sense to look forward to each day with joy and happiness in or hearts.

From a material perspective, I admit that my Transformers collection makes me happy. But more importantly, my life with Tobie makes me happy. Trying to map out our life plans together is what makes me happy. Lying down in bed together with Yoshi like one quirky little family is what makes me happy. Trying out a new board game with friends makes me happy. It's not a crime to be happy because of the simplest things in life - and this is something that Tobie and I try celebrate each and every day.

There are so many reasons to be happy in this life. Let's not waste our time with the bad stuff alone.