The Pursuit of Happiness

Everyone wants to be happy.

Hsmile-1485850_1920appiness 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

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