Happiness is a choice, and a skill
The Precepts are the bridge between how you experience your life and how you want to experience it.
Happiness, steady happiness, isn’t a luxury, or a carrot on a stick. It is both a choice, and the skill to be able to make that choice.
Abiding happiness doesn’t just happen. It doesn’t magically appear. Happiness isn’t in your future unless you learn how to be happy now.
Your body constantly responds to your emotional state. Stress and depression damage your health and influence your choices in ways you might not recognize, making it harder and harder to choose to be happy.
Happiness is a necessity
Happiness is essential to health and well-being, and it is your true nature.
You are happiest when you are yourself. When you are happy, you make good choices that help you stay that way. And happiness enables you to function at your highest capacity, to bring your best self, and greatest creativity, to each moment of every day.
Happiness is contagious. Creating your happiness is a primary responsibility and social obligation.
When you are happy, you inspire the people around you to be happy — both the people you love and even those other people who would be so much easier to be around if you were happier and knew how to stay happier!
Your happiness will not improve until you make it a priority. Even if you were magically infused with happiness, you still need to know how to maintain it.
Now is the time to take control of your happiness.