This morning I felt so good after working out that I literally was dancing in the elevator and down the hall as I headed back to my hotel room. It was a mixture of feeling energy and eagerness to start my day, as well as contentment after an incredible weekend of connection and insight.
I used to think that I would feel this way after everything had come together in my life. For instance, if only I was thin, then I would be happy. If only I had the perfect relationship or job, etc., etc., then I would be happy.
If we are always waiting for the right set of circumstances to be happy, then how much of our life will actually be spent being happy? Particularly if we are able to meet that goal and it doesn’t bring the fulfillment we think it will?
In the past, I spent a lot of time feeling miserable while waiting to be happy.
Life is too short to wait for happiness to come to you. If you want to be happy on a consistent basis, you have to actively pursue it. You have to figure out how to be happy now regardless of the circumstances.
Some questions to ask yourself: What does being happy mean to you? What are you doing when you feel happy? How can you get more of that feeling in your life?
For me, being happy means being OK with exactly where I am and knowing that there is more joy, love, connection, and contentment in store for me. It’s knowing that everything is always working out for me–even if it doesn’t look like it in the moment. It’s being connected to my Higher Self and my greater purpose.
I feel happiest when I am relaxed and hanging out with family and friends. I feel it when I’m in the moment and being authentically me. I feel it when I write, workout, and meditate. I feel it when I coach and connect with others. I feel it when I play ball with my dogs or snuggle with my cats. I feel it in quiet moments with my husband. I feel it when I focus on gratitude and appreciation.
The more I contemplate when I am happy the more I see other opportunities to be happy. And it builds on itself. The more time I spend being happy the more time I can spend being happy.
Happiness is something that you must cultivate, look for, search out, and create for yourself. And wow is it worth it!
Together we can do it!
exactly what I needed to read today…thank you Hanna!
Thanks so much, Laura. I am so glad it resonated with you!
Wonderful post to start the week! Thank you for the reminder to stay present and be open to the happiness that is available to us if we choose to be open to it, in any circumstance.
Thanks, Cathy! I really appreciate your commenting!
Great post!! Glad I subscribe to your blog! Happiness is not as elusive as many people think it is.
Thanks so much for the comments! I appreciate it!