Recently the Dalai Lama and author Elisha Goldstein, PhD. shared some wisdom through their respective Twitter accounts.
Both figures provide a nice reminder that we are the only ones capable of achieving our own happiness.
The Dalai Lama points out that there is not a thing — money, designer clothes, five star dinners — that can bring a person true happiness. Goldstein mentions that there is a power inside of us that is more powerful than anything the world can provide to us.
What are things, experiences, other people, and places without our interpretation of them? Nothing. It is ourselves who assign meaning to the things of the world, and sometimes we foolishly convince ourselves that these things are what make us happier and overall better people.
What makes us happier and better people is our own ability to be happy in the present. Being mindful of our current situation and finding the good in it is enough to make us as happy as we can possibly be.
That is not to say it is wrong to indulge in the things of the world. Instead, realize that the things of the world are what create our surroundings, and it is our choice to appreciate how they contribute to the good around us.
Let the Dalai Lama’s and Goldstein’s reminder instill in us the confidence that we are our own sources of happiness. Through our mindfulness, we can realize the good and the happiness that is always found somewhere in our surroundings.