“Happiness is not ready made.
It comes from your own actions.”
-Dalai Lama

How true this quote is from the Dalai Lama. Happiness is not something you can buy in a store, purchase from the Internet, and is most certainly not prepackaged. In order create sustainable happiness takes daily actions no matter how small coupled with a positive mental attitude. But you may wondering, I’ve made so many mistakes in life; I came from a rough upbringing and I don’t deserve happiness, etc.

Friends, I will, as Maya Angelou once said “be the rainbow in (your) cloud.”

First, realize this twofold and very important principle. You matter and you are very loveable and capable. When done reading, take a note card and write only this, IALAC which stands for I Am Loveable and Capable. Place it somewhere where you will see it every day so that in times of doubt, stress, or anxiety you just read your notecard.

Second, I want to humbly ask you to dig deep within yourself.
If you’re struggling to come up with the answer to the happiness equation, try honestly answer the following questions:

What brings you true joy? Examples spouse/significant other, family and children, friends, church, pets!

(This is just a figure of speech) How can you cut the negative fabric of the quilt of your life? Example: donating or selling items in your home that go unused

One word: Simplify.

And finally: Develop a sense of gratitude every.place.you.go and with every person you encounter. Say “thank you” often with a smile, wait until EVERYONE is off the elevator, etc. Why? Because small acts of kindness speak volumes.

The pursuit of happiness will remain a topic of discussion for ages to come. I hope I am leaving you with a deep and abiding peace.

Remember, IALAC.