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Happiness Is Not…

Happiness is not about being happy 24 hours a day 7 days a week – it’s about experiencing all human emotions in a balanced way.
It’s not about the absence of negative emotions – it’s your ability to deal with them.
It’s not about just smiling – it’s feeling fulfilled as well.

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Happiness is not about being rich – it’s wisely spending your money on the things that fulfil you.
It’s not about being super fit – it’s being comfortable in your own skin.
It’s not about reaching all your goals – it’s enjoying the journey towards them.

Happiness is not about getting married – it’s having positive relationships all around you.
It’s not about having kids – it’s making the right life choices for you.
It’s not about buying a house – it’s feeling safe wherever and however you live.

Happiness is not about the lack of self-doubt – it’s your ability to overcome it when doubt hits.
It’s not about always knowing what to do – it’s having the motivation to figure it out.
It’s not about never experiencing fear – it’s feeling the fear and doing things anyways.

Happiness is not about being who you think you ought to be – it’s being fully authentically you.
It’s not about doing what you think you should do – it’s doing what your heart is yearning to do.
It’s not about being the best – it’s doing your best.

Most importantly, happiness is not about being perfect – it’s being human.


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6 Comments

  • Marie says:

    Thanks so much for this, Susanna! As a person who has suffered from debilitating depression since my pre-teen years, I get scared every time my mood dips… especially if it lasts for more than a day or two. I go back to picturing the times when I used to spend months at a time, barely able to get out of bed. It helps to remember that it’s normal to have a full range of feelings and moods.

    Thanks to a lot of skill development, even when I truly am “depressed,” I’m still able to cope and keep my head above water. No more spending months in bed, even if that’s all I feel like doing. I haven’t had a long-term period of clinical depression for about 3 years now. But that belief that we’re supposed to be positive and upbeat 24/7 still raises the alarms when I feel sad, tired or unmotivated. I’m so glad you’re helping people to discover and build the skills for true and sustainable happiness :)

    • You’re so welcome Marie!
      It’s so important to remember that as human we have a full range of emotions to experience and they all have a purpose and role to play.
      I’m also so pleased to hear your skill development has helped you to cope – good on you!
      Thank you for sharing your inspirational story & sending you lots of love <3

  • Kalliopi Megari says:

    Very nice!

  • Evelyn says:

    I love this. It takes the pressure off trying to be perfect. I often catch myself wishing that I was like others (usually other women) who seem to have it all – in their good looks, behaviour, relationships, and seemingly perfect lives – and jealousy always follows. I had a bad day like this just this week and it felt awful. This post reminds me to let go. Happiness is being still, holding on, and knowing that things can get better. Thank you!

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