Throughout our lives many of us have grown to believe that external things, other people, and looking a certain way are what will bring us true and lasting happiness.
We tell ourselves things like this:
As long as you believe that your happiness is connected to something external, you will not be truly happy. Can these things bring some momentary happiness? Sure, but they most likely won't bring deep, long lasting happiness. That type of happiness comes from within.
Happiness is not something that happens to you. It is something you choose or don’t choose. Today, choose to be aware of what you are attaching your happiness to, and consciously limit the thoughts about what you believe you "need" externally to be happy. Choose to move into love and compassion for yourself and others and gratitude for what you are and discover your happiness in this present moment. The more you can do this, the more that happiness and abundance will find you.