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Be Happy Right Now

Be Happy Right Now

There’s a deep external pressure for us all to be all that we can be. As a society, we constantly push towards being bigger and better and fulfilling all of our potential. It’s an idealistic viewpoint that makes us feel closer to utopia, but just because we can do something, does it mean we should?

No one knows for certain the purpose of life, but I’m starting to believe that it’s to enjoy it. Though it differs from person to person, it seems that everyone is searching for happiness. And happiness is something that shifts and changes; it will never be constant as the world around us is not static. It takes an effort from within, yes, but it also takes realizing that the world will never fully be under our control and that sometimes the best thing we can do is to let life happen instead of trying to make it happen.

There are so many messages that tell us that we’ll be happier if only we keep pushing ourselves. So, when we’re unsatisfied, we push even harder. Life has stopped being a journey and has become a race — one with the prize of eternal bliss if only we work hard enough to reach the finish line. But our lives aren’t a race and happiness isn’t some end goal off in the distance — it’s right here and right now! It’s a choice that we make based on gratitude for the things we have — not the things we think we will eventually get. It’s taking the pressure off of ourselves to have control and order over every aspect of our lives and being open to the serendipitous nature of our existence.

It’s being okay with doing the things that you enjoy as much as you enjoy them — instead of thinking that their worth comes when you have mastered them (or made a profit from them). Happiness is realizing all that you could be in certain areas and then being okay if you aren’t. Happiness is acceptance — of yourself, of your life, and the people around you.

How will you choose happiness today?


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Erika Oglesby

Erika Oglesby is a freelance writer and wandering nomad currently located in Grand Rapids, MI. She is dedicated to helping people better their lives through self-knowledge and alternative therapies -- especially women of color and women diagnosed with autoimmune diseases. Visit her website at


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12:46PM PDT on Sep 3, 2014

Happiness rises within us and all around us).. Thank you for sharing

1:58PM PDT on Jul 19, 2012


11:06AM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

Happiness is acceptance... and also being aware.
Thanks, a nice article.

8:30AM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

Thank you!

5:25AM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

Thank you for a most thought-provoking article.

5:16AM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

Great article! Thank you Erika for sharing!

4:07AM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

Very nice article Erika. I was like this person before, I mean I go beyond my limits. If I failed, I feel deppressed. Now, I am doing things that I enjoy without fuss.
"Happiness is acceptance — of yourself, of your life, and the people around you."

3:30AM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

Like most things, happiness lies within.
Life will always confront us with obstacles, pain, loss, but if we can keep smiling and carry bravely on, happiness will settle back into our hearts so much faster.
Don't yearn for what others have and you cannot afford, often it's not a necessity anyway.
Smile at the world and it will smile back, even the grouchiest person usually cannot resist in face of a wide smile.
Erika, you're my kind of person, thank you for your inspiring message.

2:54AM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

Great article, thank you!

12:58AM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

Great article, makes us think about taking time to appreciate what we have and what is around us instead of just thinking and doing all the time, MINDFULNESS is an important part of life, JUST BEING and taking time to STAND AND STARE.

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