Are you 'happy'? How do you measure 'happy'? When you feel 'happy' is it contagious and how can you expand on it? Do you need things to make you happy or experiences and interactions?
Of course certain events or sights or people will trigger feelings of happiness, warmth, security, serenity and buoy your spirits letting your heart sing and your feet skip along your path.
But what if You could control Your happiness yourself, look for signs of potential happiness and make happiness 'grow' by repeating the pattern?
A recent study taken by the Harvard Business Review suggests that in order to locate your 'happiness' you should first identify what truly makes you happy. It's quite methodical, but generally it's taking the time to check with your own 'compass' and really find how you feel about a given situation, your day, your week, an event. Exercises like asking yourself throughout the day are you happy; is the task your doing that's making you happy; how controlled are you in the situation you are in; and asking yourself a series of questions about personal growth, mastery, autonomy and purpose throughout the day.
One researcher said they were actually happier working towards a certain goal than by achieving it in the end.
For me, 'happy' means simple things; knowing that my family is well and happy; eating a delicious meal with friends or family on a lovely sunny afternoon; having the house in order; ticking off my tasks/errands throughout the day; maintaining a sense of equilibrium in my life (aah, what is balance then?)... I like a sense of autonomy and collaboration; I like a sense of purpose and I like to add personal growth to my day. For me it's the end of the journey and the reaching of the goal, ticking it off the list and then going on to the next one. Sometimes I do feel like one of those white mice in a lab just going over the same routine (that's not such a bad thing right?), but I pepper that with the colour and vibrancy that comes from family, friends and acquaintances in the daily interaction that is living life. Therein lies some balance.
If you would like to ask yourself some questions to analyse what makes you happy, click through here and start making a list.
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