I guess I don’t have to tell you how elusive happiness can be.  You get depressed just looking at your Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter feed–seeing how cool everyone else’s life is.

Everyone knows THAT mom.  The one who has it all together.  She always has a smile on her face.  There’s never a hair out of place.  She’s always on time.  Her purse isn’t spilling over with various receipts, sippy cups, and empty candy wrappers—it’s a Louis Vitton, by the way.

She cooks, has the most spotless SUV on the block, and always has her holiday decorations up early.  She has a successful career.

She is confidence in an apron with a briefcase.  And her shoes are FABULOUS!

She not only has actually done all of the Pinterest projects she has pinned…she’s creative enough to come up with some stuff on her own.

She’s Martha Stewart, Oprah, and Jennifer Lopez wrapped all in one.  Move over Whitney and Chaka Khan…SHE’S every woman!

She is the epitome of happiness.

What you would give to have her life, right?!?!?!

Well, stop it!  Stop it now.

I’m not saying she’s not happy.  I’m not gonna come up with some lame, poor-man’s excuse that all rich people are secretly unhappy.  I’m not gonna bore you with that.  Because I truly think there are some absolutely contented and genuinely happy rich people out there.

What I do know is that true happiness isn’t about money.  Or clothes.  Or crammed-tight social agendas with only the trendiest people.  It’s not even about who can make the best pumpkin or apple pie…although, I must say my momma’s pumpkin pie is finger-lickin’ good…

Happiness can never be found while you wish away your blessings.  

I ran across this a bit ago:

“It’s not happy people who are thankful,

it’s thankful people who are happy.”   (Unknown Author)

That’s it.

Thankfulness for what you have is where you find true happiness.  You can choose to get wrapped up in how wonderful someone else’s life may seem.  You can choose to wish your life away.  But, I can tell you this very real thing:

Happiness is about being thankful for the state you find yourself in right now.  Pure and simple.

It’s easier said than done, I know.  Trust me, I know.

It’s not easy to be thankful for stinky diapers, and half-eaten crayons, and holey house slippers, and boxed dinners, and the everyday routine.  But, things are seasonal.

You have the power to change how you interpret those things.

I can be thankful for healthy kids who are trying to find out how life works, a warm home, food on the table, and a predictable routine that makes adding a simple surprise so much easier.

11  Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.

12  I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need.

13  I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:11-13 (NASB)

As you come out of the Thanksgiving season, keep in mind that you can be happy all year long just by remembering to be thankful for what you have and the people that surround you.  Gratefulness should not be warranted to a month or week or even one day out of the year.

Happiness is a choice because thankfulness is a choice.  Perspective is everything.

 

What are you thankful for now that others might view as a burden?  What simple thing makes being grateful so much easier for you? 

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