The following quote by John Lennon is displayed on a colleague’s office wall. I noticed it this week and began to ponder the meaning of this for myself:
"When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life."
So, what is the secret to happiness? Each of us are very unique individuals. What provides happiness for one person will not be the same for another. Each of us is on our very own special journey to discover “happiness” for ourselves. We can ask ourselves, “What makes me feel bright, vibrant and alive?”, “What could today offer that makes me look forward to tomorrow?”, Where do I find my happy?” The answers to these questions are ours individually to discover. The answers are as unique and original as each of us are. The answer you find today may not be the same answer that you will find tomorrow. Happiness is a moment by moment, hour by hour, day by day journey.
Mahatma Gandhi said, “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” Each of us needs to assign our own meaning to this quote and determine where we are in this spectrum.
Here are a few simple ideas that each of us can do to “find our own happy”:
Truly experience pleasure. Have fun! Be present and savor the moments that make you feel good. Life is too short not to bask in the glory of enjoyment. Reveling in the good can also help combat the hard times when they inevitably come, too.
Live life for yourself and define what success means for you. Pursue activities that produce delight and satisfaction having a positive impact on those that mean the most to you.
Do something every day that is outside of your comfort zone. This forces you to be creative, innovative, and think differently than you normally do. Imagine what the world would have missed out on if Steve Jobs or Bill Gates played it safe.
Be consciously grateful for what you have. Happiness is not a pile of “things” or “stuff”, it is a state of being. Joy is not in things; it is in us.
Truly living with the goal of happiness in mind can allow you to let go of the stressors that bring you down. You can then practice being fully present, more productive, healthier and maybe even nicer 😊
The thing we want most for not only ourselves, but also the people we love the most, is happiness; that’s why it matters so much.
I hope you have a great day and weekend spending time, “finding your happy”!! 😊