My recipe for a happy life

Photo by  Lesly Juarez  on  Unsplash

Photo by Lesly Juarez on Unsplash

I'll never forget the look on a co-worker's face when she turned to me one day and asked, "Why are you always so happy? Don't you have any problems?" Her angry tone took me by surprise. 

"Of course I have problems,"I said in my defense, "everyone does." I walked away embarrassed, as if I had violated some office protocol that dictated that we should all be miserable.  

Why would this person be offended by my happiness? I can only guess that she was feeling less than happy and wanted to know my secret.  

My husband and I struggled to support our four children and ourselves on meager wages. I'm not even sure how we managed some times. We had medical scares. We had car trouble. We worried about our children's future. The list went on, and on, and on.

That incident has popped into my head many times over the years. I wonder what happened to my co-worker. I wonder if she found happiness. I hope so. 

I didn't know what to say to her at the time, but I've given it some thought, and this is my recipe for happiness:

Feel gratitude - look for things to be thankful for every day. It's hard to be miserable when you concentrate on all that you have to be thankful for 

Embrace your passion - don't wait for the perfect day, the perfect situation, do it today

Keep learning - be a student of the world, learn from everyone you meet, take classes, read, be curious

Be responsible - to yourself, to others, to the earth

What's your recipe for happiness?