Poet Henry David Thoreau once noted, “Happiness is like a butterfly; the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.” I believe that this quote is relate able to every type of aspired emotion not only including happiness but also love and tranquility. When people focus all of their attention on the fact that they are not happy and need so badly to be happy than the gravity of failure in that aspect is solely discouraging and downgrading. Happiness is only achieved through the acceptance of ones self as a whole and as a human being in everything that they are and resemble. If you cannot accept your stages of unhappiness than you will never reach a state of happiness in that we as emotionally aware human beings are in a constant cycle of emotional states. One day we are everything we want to be and achieving things we only dreamed of and the next day we could be at the lowest of the lows wishing we were a completely other person. While that might be an over exaggeration for most, it is important to know that you can’t always be your best self you can only be the person that you perceive yourself to be from the inside out. I guess what I’m saying overall is that you have to accept and love yourself before anyone else or “the universe” can this will be the path to happiness. In that you forget your need and greed for emotional happiness and you live in the moment appreciating everything you have and are given.