The search for happiness can take us to many places we think we need to go but in the end, we realize that the search was fruitless.
The only place happiness resides is within us.
Yes, having money and material possessions certainly feels like supporting elements of happiness. The truth is there are plenty of wealthy people who are unhappy because of all the sacrifices needed to be made to accumulate that wealth.
If you received a bad diagnosis or your teen was struggling, no amount of money or material wealth will allay your fears and pain.
The path to true happiness is gratitude. It is so important to teach our teens the power of gratitude. When they practice gratitude, they allow themselves to focus on what really matters. It allows them to reflect on these things and to be present with what they have. They recognize they have what they need and this gives them the power and energy to continue to go after what they want.
When they focus on what they think is missing, oftentimes it distracts them from pursuing the very thing they desire.
Happiness truly comes from within. When they can just take a step back and reflect on all they have to be grateful for, they will find the path to the happiness they seek.