This week’s Wednesday Wisdom comes from some of my own thoughts, paired with readings from multiple authors on Happiness.

Happiness is a feeling, not a circumstance. It is more than just fun or pleasure. Our own happiness does not depend on what happens to us but rather what happens in us. The way we choose to think about our lives and the words we use to speak to ourselves determine how happy we are. Abe Lincoln said, “People are generally about as happy as they’re willing to be.”

True happiness doesn’t come from what you get….it comes from what you give. By giving you become a new person, a different person, a happy person. It is not something you wish for or hope will come to you. It’s something that you design – you study it, practice it, and take action towards it. Happiness is an art, not an accident.

Surprisingly, the happiest people do not attribute their happiness to money, fame, good looks, intelligence or even talent. The most important factors are gratitude, rewarding personal relationships and service to others.

So….the formula is simple: (1) count your blessings, (2) enjoy your family and friends, (3) and serve others (give, give, give).

If a glass is full, can it ever hold more water ever again? Of course – by pouring some water out, you can pour more water back in. It is exactly the same for us. However, when we pour out our capacity to receive more grows. The more we pour out, the more we can receive, the happier we are.

This holiday season – Take time to serve those around. Take time to enjoy the presence of your family. Take time to be thankful for your friends. Be thankful for all of your blessings.

I am grateful for all that I am becoming.
I am grateful for the beating of my heart.
I am grateful for the sun that rises with each day.
I am grateful for all I am, right here and right now.
I am grateful for all that I have been, leading up to this moment.
I am grateful for my friends, my family, and the ability to serve.