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 better when he said to get up each morning with resolve or intention 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 the happiest. Why? Because we are in charge of our destiny.
I believe we as humans are built to be leaders. When that leadership is somehow impugned, we feel powerless. We feel depressed. We feel out of control. However, when we take that control back, regardless of circumstances, our resolve comes back. We set our intention and live by it and that is a beautiful thing.