Don’t Make Happiness a Goal – Be Happy Now!

North Cornwall Coastal Path, Morwenstow

It appears my holiday blogging-break has lasted … 2 days – Happiness is the freedom to change my mind! I thought this was worth writing about.

“…becoming free of the ego cannot be made into a goal to be attained at some point in the future. Only presence can free you of the ego, and you can only be present Now, not yesterday, or tomorrow.” Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth

I realised yesterday (during one of yesterday’s present moments, while staring into the bathroom mirror to be precise!) that this quote applies equally to happiness. There is no point in making happiness a goal, because that implies that it is something we hope to achieve in the future. Seeing as we only have the present moment to live in, it makes much more sense just to be happy right now.

Realising this made me smile and feel happier right then and there. Happiness isn’t my goal any more, it’s just a way to be right now, already, in the present moment. Why wait?