Happy Wednesday, friends! Here’s a quote that Betsy wants to share with y’all:
Your idea of happiness can only be defined by you.
So…what is happiness? According to Merriam-Webster, it can be define as the following:
A simple definition on the word happiness. Yet, why do we sometimes complicate this quaint concept? For many of us, defining our idea of happiness can stem from a number of factors (not limited to the following):
- Our childhood upbringing
- What our peers tell us
- What society tells us
- What we see on social media
- Our mentors / parental figures
- Celebrities and people that we admire in a high visibility setting
- What we find comfortable in our daily quo
- Seeing others appearing successful (online and offline)
Growing up, I was fairly happy in the sense that I had a home to go to and spending time playing video games, conversing with my family, my cats and just being sheltered. My introverted nature came from my willingness to stay hidden in my room, while having an overactive imagination that resulted in dabbling on artistic pursuits (i.e. writing, drawing, painting, etc.).
As I’ve gotten older, my idea of happiness began to change as I was exposed to more situations that made me question my sense of what I originally defined during my childhood years. The thing about happiness is that our concept on what we originally learned many years ago usually changes (either for the better or worse). I do believe we have that ability to understand why our defining moments of happiness changes in our waking life. Some of us may not have an immediate grasp on it. Some already know what they want out in life to stay happy.
At the time of this writing, I can tell you that what makes me happy is helping others and being creative. Spending time with my family is also what keeps me going as I consider them my source of inspiration. I define my own happiness in the sense on what helps me improve my mood without resorting to drastic measures. Happiness, in a nutshell for me, is being content on what I have available.
What makes you happy? How do you define your sense of happiness? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.