“Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” written into our Declaration of Independence, is etched in our minds from now to eternity. It is such a well-known phrase that you may overlook what an incredibly powerful statement it really is.
So if you’ll stay with me for a moment, I’d like to focus on that last word, “happiness.” You know, I hear lots of folks say they really want happiness, but sadly, I don’t see many people actually doing much to be very happy.
Being the forever curious type, I asked around to find out, "what can we really do to be happy?” And what I learned is really surprising.
First, there are things that definitely do not make people happy, despite popular wisdom and supposed common knowledge. On that list are money, things and fame. You probably don’t have to look very far to find some miserable lottery winners or sad celebrities to vividly prove those points.
But according to experts who study psychology, brains, moods and behavior, happiness really is something money can’t buy. And here’s the most important secret: Happiness is not something that happens to you or around you. The real key to happiness has been inside you all along.