Finding Joy in the Present Moment

It is all too common to hear a sentence that sounds something like this: “I’ll be happy when…” 

The truth is that this phrase does not, and never will lead to true happiness. When we place our happiness somewhere in the future, we sacrifice the ability to find joy in the present because we think we must first accomplish something or get to a certain point in our lives in order to finally be happy. For some, this may be getting a job promotion, finding a Partner, or even starting a family. 

The simple fact is that if you are sacrificing joy now, it will continue to be elusive your whole life long. Sometimes, it takes reaching these milestones or desires to realize that they do not in fact bring lasting, true happiness. They may deliver a momentary feeling or rush of excitement and satisfaction- but they will never deliver the powerful joy that comes from deep within our Souls. This can be a really disappointing truth, but when we begin to understand the root of joy, this truth is nothing but empowering. 

Happiness is a choice we must make, regardless of the circumstances we are facing in life. We can choose to feel and experience joy right now, even if we haven’t gotten that job promotion, are single, and have yet to start a family (to name just a few!)

As Master Teacher Thich Naht Hanh Wrote in his book ‘You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment,’ “You have to realize that happiness is not something you find at the end of the road. You have to understand that it is here, now.”

If you are searching for happiness outside of yourself, you will be searching forever. When you turn inward and invite happiness into your Heart, your life will be colored with endless shades of joy and peace. See through a lense of happiness, and know that you have the power to live your life from this space, allowing happiness and peace to fill every moment- regardless of the external circumstances around you. 

Make the choice today to find joy and gratitude in each moment. Take back your power and begin leading in happiness, now. 

You are so worthy of this.