A Personalized Guide On Finding What Brings You HappinessDoes happiness feel allusive or unattainable? Have you ever wondered why it's so fleeting? Do you see others and wonder how do they always seem to be smiling and happy? Let's be frank, happiness isn't a one and done. As the saying goes "Happiness isn't a destination, it's a journey". Our feelings, emotions, life circumstances, experiences, and tastes all continually change as the years go by. Life has many ups and downs, and well it can be just hard to hold on to happiness. The good news, with a little retrospection and self-evaluation mixed together with a dash of determination, you can find what makes you happy. Not just fleeting happiness, but life-altering, good-to-the-last-drop kind-of happiness. We hope you are overflowing with excitement and anticipation. Are you ready to get this journey started? If so keep reading on...
We are so glad you are taking the next steps toward finding what brings you happiness To help guide you on your journey toward happiness, we have created 3 Steps for you to delve into the art of finding what makes you happy. While seemingly simple, the more time and thought you put into each step will lead to better and longer lasting results. Part 1 of our 3 part series, Into The Heart Of Finding Happiness, delves into your past. This would be a great time to find a quiet spot you can focus and reflect. Having a journal ready will be very helpful during this process.
Step 1: RetrospectSome of the best ways to find what makes you happy is to look to your past. Let's start with listing your top 10 happiest memories. It may be easier to jot them down using a journal. Now, let's dig even deeper because it's all in the details. What was it exactly about each moment that made you happy?
Here is an example of digging deeper into a happy memory in your life:Happy Memory #1:
- 2008 Summer Vacation With My Family
- Who were you with? List names.
Example: Bobby, Tammy, Sally and Jeffery
- Where did you go and what sites did you visit on this trip?
Example: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. We visited Ripley's Aquarium, the beach / ocean, the Skywheel, Amusement Park, and Dinner Theater.
- What was your favorite places? Least Favorite? and Why?
Example: My favorite places were the beach and the aquarium. I liked the peacefulness of the beach early in the morning and the beautiful fish at the aquarium. My least favorite was the amusement park as it was too hot and overcrowded.
- What was the weather like?
Example: Usually sunny and hot as we went in July.
- What was most memorable about the scenery? Locations?
Example: The beautiful sunrises and the views.Once you have everything detailed out on each of your happiest moments, you should begin to see a pattern or pick up on key items that made that memory one of the top ten happiest for you. Remember there are no right or wrong answers. This is a time to reflect on your memories and feelings from your past. Don't feel you have to rush through this process. To find what truly makes you happy can take time.