Jan 29 2015

What are You Doing To Make Yourself Happy These Days?

 Image from page 108 of "St. Nicholas [serial]" (1873) What are You Doing To Make Yourself Happy These Days? – Vol. 296, Jan. 29, 2013

It is a very subtle thing that happens when we find ourselves in a place where we are angry, irritable and short with people. One day we seem happy enough in our lives, doing those things that we do and then one day we realize that we don’t feel very good inside any longer. Worse we are taking it out on other people.

So, my question to you is rather simple: What are you doing to make yourself happy these days?

I got into this subject with my webguy who is a very good friend as we were speaking of my inability to just do things that make me happy. I had a tendency to do things that please me that are always attached to pleasing someone else. So, he gave me some homework to go figure out some simple pleasures that I could do for myself – one’s that had zero to do with anyone but myself. The first thing that I needed to do was get in touch with what it felt like to just enjoy these “simple pleasures” – that I could feel inside my body – that calm, peaceful feeling like when I am overlooking the cliffs over the ocean here in Southern California on a perfect day or swimming in a pool at the perfect temperature for me – or enjoying a great conversation with someone. Or perhaps that feeling of excited because something great is happening soon like some adventure in a foreign place or a training that I was looking forward to attending to grow myself.

Why don’t you go and ask yourself what it is that you love to do because it brings on those very special feelings of happiness inside Next, make a deal with yourself to go and do at least one of these things for yourself a day.

If you are no longer happy with where you live for whatever reason, or are unhappy with your work environment – or even your family life, you need to go inside yourself and figure out what you need to do to bring the happiness back to your life. Maybe you need to move on from where you currently are. I certainly know how that feels having moved cross country a few months ago. In my case it was something that I knew I needed to do for many years. I knew because when I walked around my old town back in the Boston area, I had very stong feelings of wanting out for many reasons. I knew I needed a change and took advantage of the opportunity when it came along.

Be real with yourself, because honestly, only you can make yourself happy – no one else has the power to do that for you. Sometimes people may be upset with your coming to terms with your own reality as I was when my ex asked for a divorce, but in the end, there was no need for us to be in an unhappy relationship, which it was for a few years at that point.

Allow yourself the peace of mind to move on if that is what you need to do.

Allow yourself the happiness you deserve by being true to what you desire for your own life. If you don’t do it, who will do it for you?

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