It is easy to be caught up in preoccupation with what we do not have, and be oblivious to what we already have. A spirit of appreciation is a powerful force for happiness.
Life is a wonderful gift; it has meaning and a purpose. Waking up in the morning is a gift. So is food on the table – not how much but enough for sustenance. Having a friend or someone who cares, family and, simply, people around – these are blessings to be accepted and appreciated.
In our materialistic society, the significance of abundance is exaggerated and the simple blessings of life overshadowed. Longing for what could have been takes away the joy of the present. As Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) noted, “We are always getting ready to live, but never living”.
Happiness is in living in the present.