What A 2 Year Old Taught Me About Being Happy

Yesterday while spending the weekend with my cousin, her 2 year old announced in delight, “I’m happy!” as a grin spread across her face from ear to ear. Those 2 little words got me to thinking about how often we ask ourselves if we’re happy. I don’t mean just putting on a mask and telling the world we’re happy because it’s what we’re “supposed” to say. I mean asking yourself if you’re happy.

As women, as moms, we often overlook our own happiness, too often shrinking so we can allow those around us to grow. Unfortunately, all that does is teach our kids to shrink for others also. It’s when they see us go after our goals and strive to achieve our dreams that it encourages them to do the same. How can you live a happy life when you have nothing but doubts and what if’s?

No one and nothing else can be responsible for our happiness. We are responsible for our own happiness. From time to time we have to look at our lives and evaluate, asking ourselves “am I truly happy?” If the answer is anything other than a resounding yes, then we have some changes we must make in order to be able to answer yes to that question.

When my 2 year old cousin stated she was happy, she got me to thinking, am I happy? I realized every area that didn’t get a resounding yes, I need to change. That change begins with me…

What changes do you need to make in your life in order to be happy?



About the Author

Nadine Smiley is a Writer, Author, Speaker, and Consultant. She is a Les Brown trained Speaker and is part of The Les Brown Maximum Achievement Team. She speaks on a variety of topics to include living your purpose, Entrepreneurship, balancing business and family, holistic wellness, etc.

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