Is there a secret to happiness? I’m not sure if it is any one thing but I imagine the secret differs for each and everyone of us. For me, it has a lot to do with not getting caught up in the drama of the world. I avoid it at every cost. I avoid jumping on the bandwagon of the latest cause. I avoid shaming people and judging them because they think different then I do. I’ve given up even trying to understand how someone can look at the same situation as I do and see it so differently. I avoid confrontation and I seek out peace instead of a senseless fight. I don’t engage but move on by. I don’t need to be right, I long to be calm. Calmness is a gift that keeps on giving. It all comes down to our own experience and how we interpret things. I’ve given up the notion of right and wrong and have chosen to not judge every word, every thought, every action. If I see something I do not like, I choose not to dwell there. So what do I do? I walk my own path and I focus on gratitude and making the most of every step of the journey I’ve been given. I wasn’t born to change the world or fight for every cause. I was born to appreciate my life and the experiences that help shape me into the new person I wake up as each and everyday. I focus on improving the life that has been given to me. We all have our struggles and battles that we are meant to face bravely but I do not believe we are meant to fight in everyone else’s war. So the secret to happiness for me is simple. I stay away from the people and things that move me towards negativity and run toward the people and things that bring me peace and and an overwhelming feeling of gratitude. I’ve clearly decided what matters and what does not and I never deviate from the path I have chosen. Everyone is searching for a purpose. Mine is appreciation and gratitude for my own life. What could be more rewarding than that? I don’t know what the secret to happiness is but I found the secret to mine.