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She asked me why she has such a hard time smiling. What is the key to happiness, she pondered. I told her that happiness is a way of thinking. We can decide the lens we look through in life. I told her that happiness is not based on having things we want, but instead, just the opposite: wanting the things we have. Gratitude. Giving. Invest yourself in these and I assure you that you will wake up one morning and realize you’re pretty darn happy.

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