Everyday I wake up and think about all of the fun things that I’m going to do today. I have found that the key to happiness is to figure out what makes you happy, and then build those things into your daily routine. Life should be a smorgasbord: everyday you should get to choose from a giant table covered in delicious food. Everything that makes your mouth water should be served up for you to enjoy every day!
Through coaching I’ve discovered that I have strong values of family, respect, achievement, creativity, joy and freedom. Once I discovered this, I could see the world through different coloured lenses. I understand what truly makes me happy based on my core values, and I can build each one of them into my life.
For example, to satisfy creativity I blog and write for other papers and sites to express my love of money, and how it needs to be treated like any other important relationship in your life. I love doing this. I satisfy my value for family by seeing them every Sunday (or more) for dinner and watching True Blood with my brother. I horseback ride every Thursday and most Sunday’s because I know how proud I am of myself when I master a new equestrian skill. I’m going to start jumping very soon! My value of freedom is satisfied by working for myself and making way more money at it. I also get respect from people, and help to change people’s lives for the better.
Joy is created when I fill each day with little things that make me happy–like soup. I love soup. Soup is delicious and cost effective for lunch. I find gourmet places to have soup a few times a week. It gets me out of bed in a hurry each morning. I also love stock trading each day, window shopping, seeing late movies by myself, and having coffees with friends. I also love long drives!
I make sure that I do some (or all) of these things each day. Like the smorgasbord, I step up and enjoy everything in life that makes me happy each week. Figure out what makes you happy and build them into each and everyday of your life. I am one of those constantly happy people, and others often wonder, “how are you always so happy?”
It’s the soup.