I think most of us struggle with this daily. We live in a world of abundance. There are constantly new and better things. And we’re almost tricked into thinking we need it all.
But the pillars of happiness tell us otherwise. Gratitude and compassion and control and authenticity all tell us that we have enough. Perhaps more importantly, they tell us we are enough.
With the holidays and gift-giving right around the corner, we should all take a moment to reflect on what we actually need. Because when we take time to assess and appreciate all we have, we realize we have enough.
When we don’t have enough – to nourish, to provide, to be safe – we will rightfully struggle. We’ll struggle with happiness because we’ll struggle for survival.
But for the rest of us, well, we have enough. And when we can see, accept and appreciate that we have enough, we enable our own happiness.
Count our blessings. When we find ourselves wanting is when we need to stop and reflect on those desires. What void are we trying to fill? What value are we hoping to add into our daily lives?
Practice gratitude. Not only should we spend time every day practicing gratitude, but we should try and enable others to as well. Teaching our children to be thankful for what they have will enable their long-term happiness.
Show compassion. Helping those in our communities who legitimately don’t have enough not only enables their happiness, but instills a sense of gratitude for everything we are lucky enough to have.
Knowing how much is enough isn’t difficult. If we’re living safely and comfortably, then we’ve got enough to be happy. All that extra stuff is nice, sure. But it isn’t a must. We can be happy without it if we acknowledge and appreciate that we indeed have enough already.