As I was starting to put together my blog, the #100happydays challenge presented itself and I have taken the challenge. It is not so much that I need help to be "happy", but rather encourages me to embrace the moments and things that make me feel "happy".
Every day I find out new aspects about who I am and I want to hopefully capture and understand those aspects through this challenge.
I know that each day I have moments where I feel "happy", but sometimes I wonder if happiness is mistaken for something else. What does it mean to be actually "happy"? I feel that we are always striving to find happiness and to hold on to the things that give us a sense of euphoria, but do we achieve that? I don't have any illusions that a challenge to be happy will make me happier, I hope that this will allow me to spend more time focusing on all the things that make me at least feel a little bit happier. I am working on changing my perspective that will hopefully allow me to feel more "happy".
With social media, I feel that sometimes I get stuck in this artificial, external world where I look at images of designer bags and shoes, private jets, and all of these material goods that can start to influence and warp my perspective on what I want or need. These are also the same images that change our feelings about happiness. If a private jet is something that I actually need to be happy, well then...I might never achieve happiness in my life! Good thing I know that a private jet is something to strive for, but does not determine any aspect of my feelings of "happiness"!
Happiness is what I make of it. If I wake up and make a conscious effort to have a positive outlook, then all events of my day may become more enjoyable and productive. I am the only one who is responsible for the way I feel! (Even though sometimes it is easier to blame it on someone else!)
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I would love to hear about your thoughts about "happiness" and how we achieve happiness in life or whether we actually ever achieve true happiness.