Definition: Sophrosyne (pronounced so-frO-‘sU-nA); Greek; noun
1. A healthy state of mind, characterized by self-control, moderation, and a deep awareness of one's true self, and resulting in true happiness.
Why I love this word:
To everyone who is thinking “I want to get there” and also to everyone who is thinking “I’ll never get there”—you will. Even if it’s a battle, keep fighting, because you are good and strong and valuable, and your happiness is worth it.
Sophrosyne is about knowing oneself and know the power you possess to control your own happiness. Most people who are unhappy are unhappy because their happiness is either in the hands of others or they aren't making an active effort to improve their own life. Dreams don't come true on their own, or by you just sitting there and complaining. Have self-discipline, know your goals, work hard, and find happiness within yourself.
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