Happiness. That elusive little thing that we seem to all be in the constant pursuit of. Some say it’s a state of mind, others, a result. Over the years I’ve come to understand that for me, happiness is in the moments. It isn’t the destination, but rather the journey, and it can be unearthed far more often when I’m present, in the moment and not overrun with feelings of what if’s, what now’s and what’s next.
I’ve found that a great way for me to not only feel happy but to relieve stress is to take moments to focus on what I’m grateful for. I know it can sound annoyingly ‘Oprah-ish’, but really allowing yourself moments to live in gratitude is transformative.
To help me get through a tough time last week I wrote down five things that I was grateful for. I thought that I would share them with you in hopes that you too might be inspired to make a list of your own.
I am grateful for:
1) My daughter’s laugh. Her infectious giggle can save lives, I swear. I found these old pictures of her and I can’t believe how much she’s grown. Another reason to slow down and enjoy her—the stages move so quickly!
2) Having an hour of quiet time to read. Being so busy I often forget how important it is to check out. Reading a good piece of literature allows me to drift off into a fictional world that I find has endless benefits.
3) My able body. I give myself a really hard time for not having the body I’d like to have, but when I give myself a moment I realize how lucky I am to have a strong body that works without major pain or complications.
4) My team. I work with some pretty amazing people and there isn’t much more settling than knowing they are not only incredibly intelligent but that they’re able to get the job done without being micromanaged.
5) Living in peace. After reading the news every morning, I can’t help but be incredibly grateful to live in a country that is not at war and that believes in the fundamental rights of its citizens. Not having to worry about the safety of my daughter everyday that I go to work is something I want to never take for granted.
What makes you happy? Let us know!