Happiness has been defined as “a sense of well-being, joy, or contentment.” Okay, but practically speaking, what is happiness? How do I find happiness and once found how do I keep it?
As we all know happiness can be elusive at times, and darn right hard to find at other times. However, there are also time when it comes at us in abundance and we find ourselves overjoyed and crazy happy! So how do we have more of these times?
I’m not an expert, but to do so I tend to encourage a lot of self-exploration and introspection. For example, during these happy moments, what are you doing? What is it about what you are doing that is making you happy?
Also, how do you identify it? Is it a flutter in your heart? A spark that you feel to your core? A smile that just won’t leave your face?
All these are signs that you have found what makes you happy. A little self-reflection in these moments to get to the core of this happiness will allow you to replicate it more often.
For example, if taking on a new project lights a spark in you, think about what it is that lights that spark. Is it because it is new? Because it is challenging? What is it about that project that makes it special to you? Once you have put this extra bit of thought into the true source of your happiness you can work toward continually finding projects that make you happy.
Why is Finding Happiness Important
I’m not a doctor by any means, but I do know that when you are happy that your body relaxes, your stress levels go down, and you are less likely to do self-defeating behaviors. All these things are good things for our body and us in general.
Plus, who doesn’t want more happiness in their life? Who doesn’t like to smile often? Feel joy and exuberance often? It’s a great feeling that we all deserve in abundance and often! Let’s face it – life can be hard. The more happiness we can bring into it the better.
Have you Found the True Source of Your Happiness?
How did you find it? What did it take to uncover the source of what made you happy? As a result, have you found ways to then bring more of it into your life?