“I wish I could be that mom that bakes cookies. Your house always smells like cookies, and you just seem so happy.”
As I received this compliment, I was a bit perplexed. Is baking cookies the deciding factor when it comes to the happiness quotient of a family? No, of course not, but my friend was picking up on something else altogether. She wasn’t interested in the cookies; she was interested in the happiness. To her – and to so many in this modern age – “happiness” is somewhat of an enigma, a goal just out of reach.
There’s a good reason why she and so many others struggle to find authentic happiness: the modern family is being bombarded with false promises for what will make families happier. Even more importantly, happiness is never won passively; we must actively seek it.