A colleague of mine always shows up with a smile on his face. In a recent conversation, I asked him how he manages that. He shared that he realized early in life that he hoped for 3 things –
(1) Good health
(2) Someone who’d love him as much as he loved them
(3) The ability to afford life’s “small pleasures” – a nice holiday, a lovely meal, a memory with family or friends
All 3 of these are part of his life now – so he has no excuses to not have a big smile on his face every day.
Hearing his story reminded me of two ideas.
First, happiness is reality over expectations. It helps to keep those expectations simple/low as it is much easier to shape our expectations vs. our reality.
And next, it isn’t happy people who are thankful. It is thankful people who are happy.