“Happiness is an accident of nature, a beautiful and flawless aberration.”
I think people often forget to look within their own self when seeking happiness. They look at the world and search for happiness in the things that bring others joy. Happiness becomes defined by quantifiable things - the number of possessions you own, the amount of money you make, the cost of the things you purchase, the size of the house you live in, the distance of the places you travel. The list could go on endlessly, making happiness an impossible thing to chase. It's the idea that the grass is always greener on the other side: that someone else's life is probably better, or that your own life would be better if those quantifiable things could also be yours. But the honest truth is, happiness comes from within. It starts with understanding that material things don't bring happiness because happiness is not a pecuniary thing. I like nice things, but my happiness is not defined by possessions. My happiness is knowing that I've treated others kindly and that I've been a good person; my happiness is my family, my friends, and God; my happiness is also waking up each morning to good health and a job that I enjoy. I've never placed my happiness in the hands of others, and I think the first place where people go wrong when pursuing happiness is looking at other people. The most important thing is to find happiness within yourself -- you don't need to look anywhere else.