Living life on our own terms is a privilege. Taking back our life from the events of the day and deciding that, instead of being conditioned by these events, we will resolve to be happy is true power.
Ralph Waldo Emerson could not have said it best when he said to get up each morning with resolve to be happy and to set our own condition about the events of the day. I believe this is what brings true happiness. Controlling our own destiny, which is essentially our own responses to situations, will make us happiest.