Everyone wants to be happy.
Happiness cannot depend on someone else. It has to come from within you. Easier said than done, right?
The lifelong pursuit of happiness, on the other hand, is more elusive; it’s not based on a particular outcome.
Something that has to help me is looking back and identifying moments that have made me happy. Can you identify 5 of your happiest memories?
- The doctor telling me that pregnancy #4 was finally going to be successful and I would have a child. (Overcoming Illness)
- Standing alone in the forest after a day long trek. (Inner Peace)
- Geocaching with my spouse or with the entire family. (Quality Time)
- Last minute road trips (Spontaneity, Adventure)
- Getting Engaged (Milestones)
I now know that 3 easy things I can work on to infuse my life with moments of happiness are inner peace, quality time, and spontaneous mini-adventure. It’s not so much about finding happiness, as much as feeding elements in our lives that make us happy.
What we are really pursuing is meaning, it’s living a meaningful life.
Random acts of kindness also help significantly improve your happiness. It’s also contagious so you will be making people kinder and happier.
“If there’s even a slight chance at getting something that will make you happy, risk it. Life’s too short and happiness is too rare.” – A.R. Lucas