Happiness | Just for Today, April 8

We come to know happiness, joy, and freedom.

Basic Text, p. 91


If someone stopped you on the street today and asked if you were happy, what would you say? “Well, gee, let’s see… I have a place to live, food in the refrigerator, a job, my car is running… Well, yes, I guess I’m happy,” you might respond. These are outward examples of things that many of us have traditionally associated with happiness. We often forget, however, that happiness is a choice; no one can make us happy.

Happiness is what we find in our involvement with Narcotics Anonymous. The happiness we derive from a life focused on service to the addict who still suffers is great indeed. When we place service to others ahead of our own desires, we find that we take the focus off ourselves. As a result, we live a more contented, harmonious life. In being of service to others, we find our own needs more than fulfilled.

Happiness. What is it, really? We can think of happiness as contentment and satisfaction. Both of these states of mind seem to come to us when we least strive for them. As we live just for today, carrying the message to the addict who still suffers, we find contentment, happiness, and a deeply meaningful life.


Just for today: I am going to be happy. I will find my happiness by being of service to others.

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One thought on “Happiness | Just for Today, April 8

  1. I have definitely come to know happiness joy and freedom in recovery. I am happier and more peaceful than I have ever been and am grateful for my life. NA and AA have kept me clean and given me so many wonderful friends and relationships. The relationship I have with my sponsee is something I get great satisfaction out of. I personally had a lot of other mental health issues and couldn’t achieve happiness without a lot of therapy as well. But I couldn’t have done that therapy if it hadn’t been for being clean and the revelations that came to me in the Steps especially Step 4. My life is in a better place that it has ever been I have sanity for the first time in my life and really feel as if my life is just beginning now!


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