At this moment, how do you feel? Are you happy? Are you reading this article to confirm what you already know or to learn new information? Is it childish and naïve to want to be happy or is happiness the only route to lasting sobriety? The Big Book tells us "we are sure God wants us to be happy, joyous, and free" and links cheerfulness to usefulness and service. To create the life you want to live, you will need a relationship with happiness. It's not selfish to feel happy; it's the state in which we benefit others most. So how do we create happiness? Being present is the only route, for when I'm giving full, one-pointed attention to this moment, there's always something to appreciate, and appreciation is the path to greater enjoyment of life. If I can be grateful today, I can be happy tomorrow. Richard Rohr writes that "how we get there is where we arrive." If I want to be content, I have to find serenity today, which requires adopting a mental framework that looks for what is working, seeks the best in others, and honors my good heart. Blessedly, it's something we can learn to do with the right desire, attention, and focus. (And sometimes I just need to lower my expectations to notice what fills my heart.) Step Ten shows me where I've put my energy and attention today, and Step Eleven trains me to focus my runaway mind, to choose to zoom in on connection, bits of goodness, and the thread of peace or love that runs throughout this world. The more I focus on that, the greater my capacity to inhabit a happy life. Those in long term recovery from addiction also have a responsibility to expand our capacity for joy in order to make this path attractive to newcomers. As happiness becomes my new emotional set point, bit by bit I notice what detracts—criticizing, compulsively looking at social media, eating or shopping to fill time, sighing with impatience. Meditation trains me to welcome these as signals that I've strayed from creating a life of sane and happy usefulness and tapped into my inner addict, the consumer always looking for what's in it for me. Asking how can I be of service and what do I really want creates a path in the mind for a new thought to arise. What fun to listen to inspiration daily. When I ask, listen, and then act on guidance, I not only head towards joy, it's my companion for the entire journey.