The good news is there are always fresh opportunities to be happy. Imagine life is like Grand Central Station, where happy times arrive around the clock. Chances are the opportunity to be happy has already arrived. For whatever reason, you are unable to shift your focus to notice and appreciate it.
Many of us think happiness is just a word. Its only present if we show it through a smile or a laugh. Happiness doesn't have to be big things. It's the light in someone's eyes and the blaze in their smile. Happiness is like a ray of sunshine that reveals itself among the grey clouds. Sometimes, in order to be truly happy, we need to slow down and take a minute to look around us in order to appreciate what we have. We can find happiness everywhere around us, only if we look closely.
Practice is often described as the willingness to simply be with our life as it is. But this is a difficult concept to get: that practice is not about having a particular state of mind, such as calmness. Nor is it about being completely free of anxiety. This is not to deny that we will, in fact, experience more equanimity, and that our fears will substantially diminish.
For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed. Simple pleasures were all the pleasures that I knew as a child. Willie Stargell Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures. Jackson Brown, Jr. Friendship is the source of the greatest pleasures, and without friends even the most agreeable pursuits become tedious.