Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Some thoughts on happiness

Ok.. it's Tuesday, and I did promise another post. Check it out, we made it a full week into this new year. Does anyone else feel like life has gotten topsy-turvy lately? Or is that just me?

Well whether your life has recently gone wacky on you or if you're just continuing on the daily grind, the new year is a great time to stop and reflect. I talked a bit about goals last time, and pointed out how I don't do so well with the grand goal thing. Well I've been doing some thinking about that. I have noticed that I'm enough of a go with the flow person that making consistent long term goals is quite a task. I mean, one day I seem to be headed in one direction and the next I'm doing something completely different! The more I think about it though, I think that means I just need to change what kind of goals I make.

I'm not so great with the specific goals. I can't tell you exactly the type of job I want to be in in 5 years. I can't even tell you where I want to be living at that point. However, I can tell you that I want to be happy. I know, that sounds pretty common. I mean, who doesn't want to be happy? But really, I want to be enjoying what I do (whatever that turns out to be) and I want to love the life I'm living. My mother suggested that I read this book, Simple Abundance. It's a daybook, so you read the entries one day at a time. Right now it's talking about being happy, and it's reminded me that you do have to focus on it for it to happen. I'm a fairly upbeat person, and it doesn't take a lot to get me into a good mood.

But what does it take? I have absolutely no idea. I think it has something to do with enjoying the company of those I'm surrounded with. Music is also has a large influence on my mood. But otherwise I really don't know what it takes for me to be happy. I think I may start a journal to try to keep track of it.

What makes you happy? I'd love to hear from you. We may share some of the same joys!

I also just put a monthly event in my calender on my phone. An assessment at the end of each month. A friendly reminder to check and see whether what I'm doing is putting me on a track towards me being happy. If the last few months have taught me anything, it's that it's very easy to get bogged down in what you are doing, and it's sometimes hard to take a step back and check where you're going. I'm sure I'll let you all know how that works!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

P.S. I haven't made the next video yet, but I do plan to have it out by the end of the week!

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