I realized something today. I've been all wrong about happiness for a long time. I've been slowly stumbling toward the darkness, and whenever that happens I begin to search for a lifeline. I have often searched the wrong places. Then, today, as I was following breadcrumbs around the Internet, I came across a revelation.
Happiness is a skill, not a commodity.
I didn't dream that up on my own. I found it on an interesting little site called Raptitude. People often confuse gratification (getting what you want) with happiness. I know I have. That's the root of the problem.
So, how do you get better at a skill? You practice. How do you practice happiness? Good question. A very good question. A question worth living for. Now maybe I can stumble toward the light for awhile.