“Are You Happy?”


I was talking to a friend about some things, some good things and some not so great things going on in my life right now, but all in my usually positive way. I’m pretty good about putting a “silver lining” twist on my issues, at least in public because I hate people feeling bad for me or I guess admitting my problems in general. Halfway through my “everything happens for a reason” justification, she interrupted with – “Are you happy?”
I didn’t really know what to say. Hardly ever does someone ask such a blunt question. The first thing I could muster was, “Not really, but I’m trying really hard to be.” Which led to some self-awareness and realizations.
How many times do you start a conversation with “how are you?” or “how are things?” Most people will say “good” or “same ole” because it’s so easy and reflects the day to day.
“Are you happy?” asks a deeper and more honest question – are you satisfied with your life? Do you long for more? What is it that you are looking for, anyway?
I think it’s time we all start asking ourselves and our loved ones about our happiness. Everyone needs an emotional check up before wasting parts of our lives justifying or covering up our unhappiness.
Today, I ask you – Are You Happy?

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