There’s a big difference between happiness and pleasure. Pleasure is short lived, unreliable and often stimulated by something outside of ourselves like drugs, alcohol, a ride in a rollercoaster or watching someone you dislike fall flat on their face!
Pleasure can make you giggle until you wet yourself, lose all sense of time and escape the mundaneness of normal life. BUT … it won’t last and what sometimes follows intense pleasure? Intense pain – hello hangover!
Happiness is calm and even. It is reliable, consistent and rarely makes you giggle until you wet yourself! Sounds boring? Sounds like you and I would have been best buddies 3 years ago!
Only now that I have real, lasting happiness, I don’t want to let it go. No cocktail, no high, no drink tastes as good as happiness feels. Sometimes I feel pure joy – watching a sunset, being with my kids, feeling relief that I am no longer reliant on poison to keep me going.
Happiness requires work and commitment but the rewards are unparalleled! Here are some ways that you can work on and develop your happiness.