How's your happiness lately? Mine has been a little hit or miss. It's so easy to get caught up in the ins and outs of our lives and forget that true spark that makes us really light up.
Last night I was beautifully reminded how much I love to sing and dance - Mike and I were at our friend's house, he brought out his guitar and we sang along loudly to Bob Marley and Sublime. It immediately brought me closer to me, music and self expression are some delicious soul food. A serious happiness boost.
For me, happiness is also waking up early, going on adventures with Mike, great coffee (and lots of it), grocery shopping and cooking a fresh and colorful dinner, yoga, being creative, riding my bike, being near the ocean, coming together with friends to do big things in our community… the list goes on.
When I consistently do those things, I am definitely happier. Do I feel like I'm walking on a cloud every second of the day? No. But all in all, life is pretty good.
The more I can fill my own cup with the things that make me happy, the less the little things annoy me. Last week I only was able to practice yoga one time. I saw in my interactions with other people that I was edgier, less compassionate, less loving and definitely taking shit more personally. I had an ugly melt-down on Mike. I felt heavier, in spirit and body. I wasn't doing the things that I know make me happy, the things that I know that are true to me. And I'm totally responsible for that. It's a conscious choice we have to make every day. We can't expect other people to create happiness for us. We are a by-product of our choices.
Some thoughts to ponder… what does your perfect day look like? What makes you happy? What if you made choices every day based on what makes you happy? What would your life feel like?
The better we know ourselves, the more we can make choices that move us in a positive direction, the healthier we become both for ourselves and the people around us. Maybe you take a new route to work, or start that little herb garden that you have always talked about. It's easier than you think.
Do yourself a favor, stop waiting for other people to do it for you… own your own happy.