When Happiness Becomes A Practice

I said, happiness will occur when:

  • I finish college and can begin living my life
  • I reach an annual income of $x
  • I finish my master’s degree
  • I reach an annual income of $y
  • I get that promotion
  • I lose the extra weight I’ve been carrying for far too long
  • I get my A1C below 6.0.


After many years of pursuing professional, health, and financial goals, I was shocked to learn that none of those things made me happy.

Happiness is not a result.

Happiness is not an outcome.


I say, I am grateful for:

  • The long run I did in the snow
  • The unplanned coffee and conversation I stole with my wife
  • The laugh I had watching the dog chase his own tail
  • The reminder that pizza and beer cause my blood sugar to spike
  • The pride I felt seeing a child live according to his values
  • The awe I experienced while watching my child dance.

snowy run

Happiness is a practice.

create happiness when I am grateful.

Gratitude is best experienced in the moment.

What are you grateful for, right now?

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