Happiness has become a national measure by which well-being is measured. I equate happiness as the opposite of sadness. Happiness is equated with mountain top or pink cloud experiences as opposed to laboring in the valleys.
In recovery, I am less interested in happiness and more interested in being content – of being able to live life on life’s terms, of living in the moment. If asked “Are you happy today?” my response would be that my state of being goes so far beyond happiness. Today, I thoroughly enjoy and savor my existence. As I commonly state in recovery meetings “I have not a complaint in the world today.” That does not mean that everything is wonderful and completely going my way. Rather, today I can take responsibility for my existence, I can reap the rewards of being in relationship with other people, of working hard at my job, and taking time to enjoy the process. Today’s contentment is not contingent on money, material possessions or what other people think about me. Contentment is completely an inside job and a true benefit of recovery.