Reading the title of this post what does it mean to you to “take ownership of your happiness”? Does it mean that you have to chase after happiness and get things to make you happy… or does it mean happiness is something internal?
An important aspect of our relationship with happiness is POWER — who’s in charge of your wellbeing, and is the source internal or external?
Who’s in charge of your wellbeing, and is the source internal or external?
Probably “real happiness” (whatever that means… and the meaning of happiness is something we should consider first) is a balance. If we hold happiness entirely outside ourselves, we are forever chasing it, looking for the secret. If it’s entirely inside, we wouldn’t need any material comfort. If it’s entirely in others’ power, we’re victims. If it’s entirely in our power, we’re disconnected.
Where do you place the responsibility for your happiness? Can you create it irrespective of circumstance, or do you need to create certain conditions to feel happy? Is that entirely up to you, entirely up to others, or somewhere in between?
Author – Joshua Freedman