mothers dayI am no expert at motherhood. I have a three-year-old son and if you count my dog, the maximum years of experience I have in parenting is nine, which is still very low. I didn’t have a mother or a motherly figure for my teenage years or young adult life, so I lack even more motherly experience there.

But even with this complete lack of knowledge, I know what all mothers want. Because it’s no different from what anyone else wants in life. This want comes in many shapes and sizes. It comes in the form of:

  • Wealth
  • Good health
  • Love
  • Peace
  • Success
  • Fun
  • Family
  • Friends
  • Home
  • Warmth
  • Humor

The list goes on and on. What do all of these things have in common? Why do we want these things?

They all equate to happiness.

If you have any or all of these things, you feel happy. And while our commercialism-rich society tries to push happiness on us for one day in the form of gifts under an evergreen tree, we cannot achieve true happiness with those things.

Think about what you need right now to be happy or happier. Think about why you’re unhappy or why you feel you’re being held back from true happiness. Is something stopping you? Or are you happy and you don’t even realize it? Either way, take the time to consider it all.

For me, I strive for a perfect work-life balance every day. Bliss is loving my job while working hours that accommodate my family. Happiness is waking up every morning excited for work, and knowing that at the end of the day, I can focus on my family.

So while we should appreciate our loved ones for their hard work, remember that what they really want is to be happy. And I’m not talking about artificial, limited-time-only happiness. I’m talking about true, happiness that lasts for this holiday and many more to come. So give the gift of happiness, because that’s all we can ever ask for.



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