Some pursue happiness – others create it. ~Unknown
It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere. ~Agnes Repplier
We often forget that we don’t have the right to happiness, but we have the right to pursue it…the more difficult of the two paths…yet undoubtedly the most rewarding. When we learn what makes us happy, we can create our own happiness instead of relying on external circumstances out of our control.
To most, the immediate items that come to mind in connection to happiness are money, fame, luxury and things along those lines. But a study published by the American Psychological Association about what brings happiness to people placed those items at the bottom. At the top of the list were autonomy – feeling that your activities are self-choses and self-endorsed, competence – feeling that you are effective in your activities, relatedness – feeling a sense of closeness with others, and self-esteem.
Things that make me happy:
Being on the water in any kind of boat (except ones with holes in them)
Bright colors in colorful designs
Making decisions with clarity (there’s that autonomy)
Looking at art
Eating chocolate and drinking red wine (even the cheap stuff) together
Taking a bath while listeing to Pink Martini on Pandora
Warm fuzzy slippers with cozy pjs on blizzard-snowy days
Drinking “momtinis” with my sister during her kids’ naptime
Splintting a pitcher of margaritas with good girlfriends over new stories and gossip
Amazing ocean views from the decks of houses you housesit (like right now!)
Recognizing a quote from a funny movie that someone else quotes
Quoting funny movie quotes
Wind through trees on sunny days
Picnics of any kind
Dancing of any kind…except the dirty kind and sans poles
Stepping into a new country for the first time
Crooner music with a glass of wine while making dinner
Laying out under stars
Giving to others in need
Old people – even grumpy old people
Driving things while going fast – boats, mopeds, cars etc.
Crossing finish lines
Being goofy with girlfriends
Watching old couples hold hands or dance together
The different hues of greens mixed together in nature
So if I were to analyze myself, I seem to need to surround myself with alcohol and old people. Or maybe just put on some fun music, dance a little, and enjoy a nice glass of wine with good company.
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It takes great wit and interest and energy to be happy. The pursuit of happiness is a great activity. One must be open and alive. It is the greatest feat man has to accomplish. ~Robert Herrick