Disclaimer: I don’t subscribe to creationism. I’m an ardent believer of evolution and a long-time student of biology.
Much like DNA, I believe happiness is embedded in each us. I don’t believe it’s some mystical, mercurial, ephemeral phenomenon. I believe it’s the product of an alignment with our true self and the more we try to appease and conform to standards dictated by others, the more happiness will evade us.
Yesterday I had a fairly explosive fight with my mom. I’m not living my life the way she would like. I’m writing and surfing and living in sin with my boyfriend in California. But the truth is, I’ve tried to make her happy. I tried to make a lot of people happy and inevitably the one person that’s never happy in this equation is me. So I took everyone else out of the equation and found that my happiness was there all along. It’s that simple.
There’s a great quote by Christopher Morley: There is only one success – to spend your life in your own way.
This is the DNA of happiness.