Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Are You Happy? Do You Want To Be?

Those are loaded questions, right? I think we can all take steps to be happier, but I think the essence of happiness comes from within. It's not due to the people around us (though they help), it's not due to the house we live in or the car we drive. Happiness, in my opinion, is deeper than these surface things. It's about knowing that right now, in this very moment, I'm right where I'm supposed to be, doing exactly what I'm supposed to be doing. It has nothing to do with yesterday, or even 5 minutes ago. It has nothing to do with tomorrow or 5 minutes from now. It's right here. Right now.

Through my weight loss journey, my struggle to learn how to dial back the "lose weight" mentality and maintain, and every challenge I've set for myself since, I've discovered that I've discarded enough baggage to be happy. I've learned to appreciate me, my mind, my strengths, even my weaknesses (to a certain extent, lol) - because they all make me.. well, me. And I like me. And I like that I like me. It makes me....

wait for it....

Happy.  ;-)

didn't see that coming, did ya? LOL!

Anyway - what I'm getting to is this... happiness takes effort. It's not an accident. It's a deliberate choice. I had to discard toxic people and relationships, unhealthy habits and thoughts. I had to embrace that I'm just human and that's ok. I had to learn to accept that I will fail, but I will not ever give up. I might be simplifying it all, and I don't mean to, but down in the gut - I'm a happy person and I am grateful and protective of my joy. But I still have to work at it.

One of the more fun things I've discovered is this great new website called Happify. Have you seen it? It's kind of like a cross between Facebook and Pinterest, but the whole purpose behind each post and activity is to help us deliberately make the shift to see positively. It's so easy to get wrapped up and bogged down in the day to day stuff, and logging onto Happify is an easy (and again I say - FUN) way to climb back up and feel the sunshine.

I'm grateful to have been invited to join this fun site as a Pioneer (like an ambassador). I've enjoyed it so much over the last several months  - and am really excited to tell you that it's nearly out of beta-testing! I have some invites to pass out - and if anyone would like to join, please let me know and I'll send you the invitation. It's a lot of fun, it's thought-provoking, encouraging, insightful, and again... a lot of fun ;-)

One of the challenges I have is slowing down to savor life. I'm on the go, I'm busy, I'm studying, working, spending time with family & friends... I forget to smell the roses, so to speak. My absolute favorite activity on Happify are these savor exercises where you look at a cool photo and find all the hidden objects while pretty music plays in the background. Sounds simple, right? I confess that I often do this with one eye closed just to drag out the moment. ;-) In fact, I think it's time I wrap up this post and go find myself a "Savoring Game" and chill for a bit ;-)

Time to embrace my happy! How about you?

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