Be happy today, don’t wait until tomorrow


The hippies were right!


Focusing on today can bring more happiness than dreaming of tomorrow.

One reason we have so much trouble achieving peace of mind is that we’re not present in our life as it is now. We spend our time worrying about the future or living in the past.

How many times have you said, ‘I will be really happy when …’? Well, what about really being happy now?

A good place to start is appreciating your life as you live it. We all need to make plans for the future but how much time do you spend making plans and how much actually here, in the now? We need to find the balance.

Total mindfulness is a nice concept but difficult to achieve with the requirements of modern life. Perhaps there’s an activity in your life when you can be totally present in what you’re doing? For me it’s surfing. I go out early, before the crowds, and try to clear my mind. I feel the rhythm of the ocean, the breeze across the water and the warmth of the sun on my skin and enjoy the flow of the wave. I feel totally free in that moment.

In looking for truth, peace of mind and the happiness we know we deserve, we think our prize should be something special, and something to be reached with hard work at some unknown point in the future. When, in reality, happiness can be as simple as an accepting awareness of the present.

The more we look for what’s lacking, the more we miss what’s right in front of us now. Our family, friends, health, youth, social life, meaningful work and support for others are all things we can enjoy today. Forget deferred happiness, be happy now.

Sometimes you need to take a breath, sit back, and stop looking for anything outside this moment.


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