Are you happy?

Who are you reliant on for happiness?

Are you able to experience genuine joy in yourself without being reliant on the approval or acknowledgement of others?

Do you outsource your happiness or do you still keep the job in-house?

When you do a great job, do you feel good or are you reliant on the approval of someone else?

When you look in the mirror, do you feel OK or are you conscious of what others will think?

Are you satisfied with your capabilities or do you compare yourself to others?

When you are in the midst of your favourite hobby, do you hope that no-one notices in case they disapprove?

Do you feel positive about life because of your own level of optimism or because others are full of hope?

When you have those moments of pure joy, do others have the power to take it away?

In the middle of the night, when it’s just you and your thoughts, do you feel good about yourself or are you thinking about the compliments or criticisms that you received during the day?

Helen Keller once said,

Happiness cannot come from without. It must come from within. It is not what we see and touch or that which others do for us which makes us happy; it is that which we think and feel and do, first for the other fellow and then for ourselves.

Don’t outsource your happiness. 

Keep that job in-house!

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