When You Stop Chasing Happiness You’ll Realize It Was  There the Entire Time

When You Stop Chasing Happiness You’ll Realize It Was There the Entire Time

Affirmations With Ally

So many people assign happiness to an imaginary moment. “I’ll be happy when I get that car, I’ll be happy when I get in a relationship, I’ll be happy when I get into that college”. But why do we always place happiness in the future? Why do we assume that certain achievements, people, or situations will fill that void inside of us? The one we feed excuses why we can’t be happy right now. Let me explain this: as long as you keep telling yourself you’ll be happy one day, that day will never come. Because happiness isn’t something you reach. It isn’t some grand destination. It’s a feeling, it’s a mood, and it’s a condition. Something that you find in every situation and if you can’t find it, then you create it. Now, I’m not saying every moment in life is rainbows and butterflies. I’m not saying there aren’t moments where it’s beneficial to be sad and acknowledge that feeling. What I am saying, is that once you realize a situation doesn’t make you happy, but you choose to be happy no matter the situation, then it’s a game-changer.

“Happiness is a mood, and it’s a condition, not a destination” 

Julian baker

The game-changer. I promise you, as long as you keep wishing for the next chapter in your life to bring you happiness you will never be happy. You’re wishing for the next chapter when you could embrace the beautiful moments in the one you’re currently in. Stop placing your happiness in the shaky hands of the future. Because if you keep treating happiness like it’s some end goal, you’re gonna look back and realize all the moments you could have just been happy instead of developing some master plan to reach it. Ditch the plan. Ditch the “when i”s and the “one day”s. Today. That’s all you need to embrace happiness. Today.

Alyssa Mullings
Alyssa Mullings

Alyssa Mullings is a senior at the Medical Academy for Science and Technology at Homestead. Her love for writing developed as she took AP Seminar and AP Language and Composition. She is a full-time writer for The Caduceus Times, the school’s newspaper, where she focuses on feature articles and personal columns. When she’s not writing, you can find her reading self improvement books or spending time with her family.