I bet you did not know, that Americans spend about $750 million a year on self help books, as well as a whopping $1 billion a year on motivational speakers, all in hopes to boost happiness levels. You would think that with how much money we sink into this cause, Americans would be the happiest, and most positive humans on the face of this earth. However, there is still a large portion of our society that chooses to create excuses which block their journey to complete happiness. Some common sayings that people have come up with are "people on the West Coast are the happiest, because of the warm climate", "happiness declines with age", "if I was rich, I'd be ten times more happy" or "I haven't had the opportunity to have a job like that, where I am able to travel to Europe". It seems to me, that with these excuses, people are trying to make it seem like they have a disadvantage compared to others when it comes to happiness. In my opinion, happiness is available to everyone no matter where you live, how much money you have, how old you are, or what experiences you have partaken in, in your lifetime. Being happy is a state of mind that you, and only you are in control of.