This I Believe

K - Napoleon, Ohio
Entered on December 11, 2007
Age Group: 18 - 30

Have you ever tried to make others happy and find you, yourself, are very upset? Happiness comes from within and should not be controlled by others. Many different aspects can affect someone’s happiness. Friends, family, money, faith, athletics, flowers, music, and art are just a few examples of what makes some people happy. In order to be happy, people do not need all of these, it all depends on what we find to be important.

My boyfriend is serving in the military, and I was very upset when he had to go very far away from me, but I knew I had to make the best out of the situation and be happy. Talking on the phone for only a few minutes made me extremely happy, but my friends would be upset if they were only able to talk to their boyfriend for five minutes. Everyone has their own idea of what they need in life to be truly happy.

Movie stars have plenty of money, yet they still cannot find happiness. Seeking happiness is what life is really all about. Whether that means partying every night of the week, spending years on a mission trip to help the poor and suffering, or simply having a family to go home to at the end of a work day.

I am involved in track and work very hard to do well. At times, I get frustrated and question why I practice, but then I remember the feeling of standing on the podium and having the medal hang around my neck. I remember the feeling of happiness and it brings me great joy. To find happiness is an amazing feat, but also very attainable.

Understanding what is truly important in life can make a tremendous difference. By setting attainable goals, I will not disappoint myself. I set goals for myself and know I must accomplish them in order to be happy. By not settling with what is handed to me and working for what I want, I will become happy, instead of living an unhappy life. Happiness is what I work for in life but really is quite simple.