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Why Happiness Depends Upon Ourselves

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A well-known quote attributed to the ancient Greek philosopher, Aristotle is our source of inspiration for the day:

 "Happiness depends upon ourselves" 

It seems quite obvious right? But not so fast, we as human beings have the habit to look for happiness outside ourselves (!). Why?

Sometimes it's quicker and easy to reach for some immediate gratification, and have immediate pleasure. But is that happiness? Maybe not... at least for us that's not the definition of happiness. 

If after that moment you're not happy, that's not happiness at all. You need to look for fulfillment and ever lasting happiness with your life

Back to the Aristotle wise words, this quote emphasizes the idea that:

We have the power to create and control our own happiness!

Rather than it being solely dependent on external factors such as wealth, status, or other people.

For a deeper meaning of the quote, and to help you out, here are a few more reasons why happiness depends upon ourselves:

Why Happiness Depends Upon Ourselves

1. Our Mindset

Our mindset plays a crucial role in our happiness. 

If we focus on the negative aspects of our lives, we are likely to feel unhappy and dissatisfied.

However, if we focus on the positive aspects and practice gratitude, we can increase our overall sense of happiness and well-being.

2. Our Choices

The choices we make in our lives, such as the activities we engage in, the people we spend time with, and the goals we set for ourselves, can all impact our happiness. 

By making conscious, positive choices, we can increase our overall sense of fulfillment and joy.

3. Our Attitudes:

Our attitudes towards life and the challenges we face can impact our happiness

If we approach difficulties with a positive, growth-oriented attitude, we are more likely to feel happier and more resilient when facing adversity.

4. Our Relationships: 

The quality of our relationships with others can impact our happiness. 

By cultivating positive, supportive relationships with family, friends, and community members, we can increase our overall sense of well-being and happiness.

Wrapping Up

Ultimately, the idea that "happiness depends upon ourselves" emphasizes the importance of taking responsibility for our own happiness

While external factors such as wealth and status may contribute to our happiness to some extent, it is ultimately our own thoughts, actions, and attitudes that determine our level of happiness and well-being. 

By taking control of our own happiness and making positive choices in our lives, we can increase our overall sense of fulfillment and joy.

We hope now you understand why happiness depends upon yourself.

Help the people you love find the true path to happiness by sharing this article with them.

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