For the past year or so I’ve had a strange obsession with a specific video I found on Twitter.

It’s by an NYC real estate agent, author, and TV personality, Ryan Serhant.

I appreciate his work ethic and attitude across many subjects but the way he perceives happiness honestly changed something in me.

Here’s the video in it’s entirety for your viewing pleasure:

Albert Camus once said, “you will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.” As someone who spent countless hours reading books on finding the meaning of life I can tell you he’s absolutely right.

Happiness isn’t a state. It’s an action. Like Ryan talks about above, happiness is a choice. It’s easier to walk through life finding reasons to be upset or pissed off. Hell, turn on the new literally any hour of the day and something will almost assuredly raise your blood pressure. That’s part of the reason I’ve chosen to stop consuming the news. That single choice raised my state of happiness several percentage points.

I’ve also noticed that when I’m not getting enough sunlight (probably because I’m working too much), not exercising, not eating right, not making time for my family, or making time for myself that my happiness level tends to slide a bit in the wrong direction.

All this makes me realize that happiness really is a choice. Or rather a series of actions and habits. The hard part is figuring out which things fill you up and which things drain you. I’d start by making a list of what you did or didn’t do each day and rating your happiness that day. You’ll find the patterns in no time.

I’m writing this on vacation so I apologize for the bad grammar or typos. Perhaps I’ll circle back and fix those