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Jan
30
2012

Happiness is…

in Life Lessons, Random Musings

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After my Happiness Pledge post last week, I have been reading a lot of people’s ideas of what makes them happy. The highlights people post about  seem to be the simplest of things: kids laughing, spending time with family, silence, and relaxation.

As I try to dwell in a more happy state myself, I see that I am more content when I eliminate as much stress as I can. No, I cannot get rid of all the worries, but I can control what I can control.

The trick is defining those things that are within my control and those things that are not.

Some of the things that I am doing to help with my own level of happiness include:

  • riding my bike. I have had a used bicycle for quite awhile, but I finally bought a new one for myself. Yesterday, I took my first solo ride. Feeling the wind in my hair, the chill on my face, and listening to the birds in the trees was incredibly peaceful. Anytime I can reconnect with nature, I eliminate stress.
  • allowing myself more down time. I also headed to a local coffee shop to people watch. Taking quiet time just for me may seem incredibly selfish to some, but I have learned that the more I take care of myself, the more I have to give to others.
  • reevaluating where my time is spent. Between three kids, writing, exercising, maintaining my house, and enjoying the time I get with my husband, time-killers like TV just don’t really interest me (unless it is football!). But I have been reevaluating some of my other time-suckers like Facebook and headline reading, and I have decided to back off. I think staying focused on my own reality and limiting my exposure to negativity will go far in helping me stay focused on happiness.
  • celebrating with friends. I have some pretty awesome friends with pretty amazing personal goals. I want to be there to support them and celebrate them every step of the way.
  • setting some new personal goals. I am a very goal-oriented person. Be it personal or professional, when I write out a goal, I have a tendency to work until I achieve it. It worked with weight loss, it worked with fitness, it has worked with disciplining my children, it has worked with maintaining a happy marriage, and it has worked with my writing. I find that if I have an endpoint in mind, I am much more likely to move in a consistently positive direction.

I think making an announced effort to focus on happiness is a good thing. I am honored to have so many people joining me on the journey.


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