OPINION – They say the definition of the word happiness is: “The state of well-being and contentment.”

As of today March 20, 2014 brings the official “Acts of happiness” movement, it has become rather clear as to what happiness truly is and what it means to not only to myself but the entire world as well.

So often we (to include myself) equate happiness with materialistic things, how much money we have in our bank accounts, who we are with and where we live.

I remember one day being asked why was I so happy all the time and my answer was simple:
“Because I was born and put on earth to do great things.”
Looking back on my response to that question I now realize that I wasn’t being truly honest. The fact is I feel at my happiest state of being while helping others with kind words of encouragements, inspiring change, uplifting someone’s spirits and being a helping hand to an elderly person at the grocery store.

I once read: “Happiness doesn’t depend on any external conditions; it is governed by our mental attitude.”

At this exact moment starting right now you can began to look at your current circumstances with pure happiness and gratitude. Something that I consistently do to remind myself to be happy is by taking small moments throughout my day and meditate on all the things I already possess.
These small reminders allow me to see with clarity that everything I have now were once things I had only hoped for. In life true fulfillment in the pursuit of happiness is to be grateful for what you have, become generous with what you have and above all understand that being happy is truly a state of mind.

Be Bold. Be Great. Be You.

Remember: The real conversation starts here so in honor of the “Acts of Happiness” movement leave a comment starting with “I am happy because”…