Water seeks its level… and so it is with friendships.
I grew up in an Army family. We moved every three years whether we wanted to or not. Where my Dad went we followed. It was just life and to my siblings and I it was totally normal. Everyone in our friendship circles were in the same boat. We all had to make new friends every three years and with few exceptions we never saw one another again. We moved about half way through my Senior year of High School. I won’t lie, it sucked. Because of our rotation I had actually been at the same High School since I was a Freshman. Needless to say, when we got to our next place, we made some new friends, I graduated from High School, then I left again, this time for the Army myself… where I started the process all over again.
In 1988 I finally settled down, met my new best friend and made the decision that this was it, I was planting roots. The Army took me away a few more times, but by and large we had settled down. After we got married and made the decision that we wanted our kids to grow up in a “hometown”.
It was fun to watch them grow up and make friends, friends that they still have today. It all seems so normal. And as we settled in, we made friends, friends that we love to be with and share our lives with. These people add to our happiness.
Our friends, family, and people who come and go from our lives all add to our happiness. True friends that we laugh, cry, and share with are all part of what makes us happy. We have many friends, few close friends, and lots of people that make up the circle which brings happiness to us. Through Scouting, I have a ton of friends, many of them I consider family, others I just love to be around. Through other aspects of our lives we have made friends that are always there and we love to be with. And our family, maybe because of the way we grew up together is close. Our family had to circle the wagons every three years and start from square one. So we adapted to being close to one another. My Sister (she’s the blonde in the picture) is now one of my closest friends… and we RV together all the time.
So the Happiness tip… make great friends and keep your family close. The people in your life make a huge difference in your happiness.
I could not be more happy with our friends and family and hope that you have people in your lives that make you just as happy… and never forget the impact that you have on them. You make them happy too.
Dennis Prager shared this;
“For much of my life, I, like most people, regarded the pursuit of happiness as largely a selfish pursuit. One of the great revelations of middle age has been that happiness, far from being only a selfish pursuit, is a moral demand.
When we think of character traits we rightly think of honesty, integrity, moral courage, and acts of altruism. Few people include happiness in any list of character traits or moral achievements.
But happiness is both.
Happiness — or at least acting happy, or at the very least not inflicting one’s unhappiness on others — is no less important in making the world better than any other human trait.
With some exceptions, happy people make the world better and unhappy people make it worse. This is true on the personal and global planes.”
You can read the whole article here.
I’ll leave you with this. Baden Powell the founder of Scouting shared this:
“But the real way to get happiness is by giving out happiness to other people. Try and leave this world a little better than you found it and when your turn comes to die, you can die happy in feeling that at any rate you have not wasted your time but have done your best.”
Be Happy and be the person that brings happiness to others. You will get more back than you can imagine.
Thanks for hanging out with us on our Journey.
Have a Happy Day!