not every day is shiny and bright, it isn’t supposed to be, sometimes you’re faced with tough decisions, sometimes you screw up and other times don’t go as planned. those times, as much as the sunny times, the simple times, matter. they matter because they make up a whole, fit together like a puzzle. It’s the tough times that define our attitude, build our character, chisel our form. once those walls are defined and the foundation laid you learn to take things as they come, to embrace everything and anyone. you build up a patience and an empathy that carries with you, things don’t make you bitter, they make you better, you exude it, that positivity becomes contagious. happiness isn’t an eternal flame of euphoria or a perpetual feeling of satisfaction. happiness is a state of mind, a way you react to what the world tosses out, how you respond to pressure and challenges. It’s that subtle feeling of confidence that things are as they are, that you aren’t in control of everything and that you don’t need to be. happiness is waking up with a smile engaged and ready to tackle whatever comes at you, happiness is an approach.