Happy Live vs. Daily Life…Can You Have Both?

Finding happiness daily can be difficult. Let’s be real; life isn’t always happy-go-lucky, and people in our daily lives can be mean (especially on social media). I really try my best to be happy daily, and for the most part, I’m successful at it. I’m fortunate to not have any major stressors in my life, and I feel blessed for that. However, there are times when I have my solo pity party, and it’s not fun. No one enjoys being sad, angry, or pissed off (if you do, then this isn’t for you). Being happy more often as well as relaxed is something I want to do.

I’m a firm believer in keeping it real with yourself if you want to make improvements, and I need to be real with myself right now. I’m not doing everything I can do for myself to ensure I sustain happiness daily. Recently I read something that was profound. It said we’re so focused on what we think we should do that we forget about the things we need to do to make us happy. It also said, make a list of the things that make you happy, make a list of the things you do daily, and find the balance between those lists in order to make you happy daily. That action seemed to be very easy and straightforward, so I decided to blog about it.

OK, here are my lists:

Things That Make Me Happy

  • Yoga
  • Shopping
  • Nursing
  • Baking
  • Listening to music
  • Playing in make-up
  • Manicures-Pedicures
  • Spa Days
  • Bubble baths
  • Running
  • Traveling
  • Spending time outdoors
  • Hiking
  • Wine
  • Sex
  • Sleep
  • Making money
  • Spending time with family and friends
  • Reading a good book
  • Photography
  • Gardening
  • Writing

Things I Do Daily

  • Nursing (well, three days a week)
  • ADLs (acts of daily living)
  • Watch TV
  • Sleep
  • Listen to music

Ummmm, we have a problem here. My “Happy” list is way longer than my “Daily” list. I’m only doing three of the “happy” things daily, and that’s not good. I do everything on that list weekly and/or more times during the week, but it’s obviously not enough. I need to push some of these things into the “daily” agenda. Due to the lack of time, I can’t do everything on the “happy” list daily, but adding more to the “daily” agenda wouldn’t hurt at all. The bottom line is, I need to make time to do the things that make and keep me happy.

I’m sure many people could relate to this. Too often our daily life is filled with things we feel as though we have to do instead of the things we want to do (or things that make us happy).

We need to make adjustments.

One comment

  1. Nicole Cherise · April 23, 2015

    This is a great realization. I’ve always been a fan of writing down things because at that moment it’s in your face and no escaping it.


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