I find it difficult to do because my definition regularly changes. There are times that I'm simply filled with joy because of the sunshine and other times when its a tad more complex. Today I'm filled with happiness that I get to see the sunshine for another day. That I woke up with my love and my adorable puppy yet AGAIN, both snuggled in close to me. That I was able to get into my car (albeit old) and drive to work with a fresh cup of coffee. That my daughters now call me for advice like I called my mother when I was their age. This is all happiness as I see it.
Today, its also about reminiscing - remembering those friendships from so long ago. I have been so very blessed to have great people in my life and so many still remain. Happiness.
Do you create your own happiness or do you wait for and hope someone else will? I have learned that I am ultimately responsible for my own happiness. There are day-to-day factors which may affect it but when it comes down to it, it really is all me.
I was watching a "Super Soul Sunday" with Oprah the other day where she said when things get rough, her mantra is "all is well". After some thought I decided I'd try out her mantra. Two days later, my friend passed away. I have found myself repeating "all is well" MANY, MANY times since that day. Though she's gone (and way too soon) I know she wouldn't want me to dwell on her passing. She would want me to celebrate her life. I'm trying. Happiness is having known her. All is well.
Stay happy my soul sisters. You deserve to be.
Peace and love.