"Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance and order and rhythm and harmony." ~Thomas Merton
I used to think happiness was all about more, more, more.
As I've gotten older, I've discovered that happiness (think contentment) is all about less.
When I was younger, I always had a list of "this is what I want" for my birthday or Christmas. Now, more often than not, I'm hard-pressed to think of anything. It's not that I don't want things ... It's just those things aren't important.
I look around and realize, hey, I've got a lot of stuff. And, while I like a lot of it, I could also get rid of a lot of it and not miss it.
My happiness isn't about turning the volume of my life louder. Or going faster. It's found in the moments when I've more than enough time to spend with those I love. Or when I can step back and watch my family as they talk and laugh--and nowadays they often do this while cooking together.
In Your Words: What makes you happy? How would you define happiness? Contentment? When you think of happiness--what memory comes to mind?
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