What Makes YOU Happy?

I just can’t seem to get off the topic of Happiness. What makes YOU happy…I mean realllllly happy? What puts a ((((smile)))) on your face? Is it a person? A place? A hobby? Thing 1 or Thing 2? Exclude health because without good health we have worry in the back of our minds, which can take away from happiness. However, there are those extraordinary individuals who rise above a health set-back and somehow beam with happiness like the sun is shining right through them, somehow making our day better! We can all learn from those individuals, they get it!

I read an article on who the happiest people in the world are and wasn’t surprised that it is those who have less materialistic stuff. Materialistic objects fill a hole when someone isn’t happy within, in my opinion. More stuff doesn’t equal greater happiness. Happiness is a skill that once mastered simply changes your frame of mind, it’s basic! It takes work just like everything else in life.

It’s actually quite hard to wipe the (((((smile)))) off of my face. I try to find the good in everything or everyone. It’s not always easy, after all I am human. Which is what we try to do here on Tara Cronica, “Finding Lyrical Beauty in Everyday Happenings.

I occasionally take a dive into the dark abyss of unhappiness but it never lasts very long. It’s either hormonal, which passes or it’s induced when I have to interact with certain human beings who I describe as Food! (individuals with no clear purpose in life, they’re just here taking up space!) When I come across food a dialogue bubble appears above my head whispering…“I seeeee stupid people” (line from the movie The Sixth Sense…real line is “I see dead people”) and then the energy sucking stupid person disappears and I have my smile back on my face! It’s that simple! 😉 Silly I know but it works!

Finding happiness in yourself is the most important element of being happy, to me. Not everything always goes the way we want.“You can’t always get what you want…but ya get what ya neeeeeed.” Do you buy that? When we don’t get what we want, or what we think we want, is life trying to teach us a lesson? Patience perhaps? I lack patience at times but I am getting better!

The glass is always half full for me! If you can be happy with just the cloths on your back then I think you have found the key to happiness. Let go of everything and see how happy the simple things in life can make you feel. The warm sun on your face, a great tune cranked as you drive, a warm coffee in cold hands, a smile from a stranger, the smell of lilac in the air, the sunset, the mountains, the ocean, nature, love, kisses, hugs, touch, warm feet, great conversation, the list is endless. Happiness is all around us if we stop and open our eyes and just be in it. When you are really happy everything that you thought you needed becomes a want instead, which isn’t nearly as important. We all have wants, but what do you really need to be happy?

Happiness to me is…being loved and grateful for what I have, not what I don’t have!

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  • jacquie

    What makes me happy? Hmmm… I think being in the zone, doing something you feel good about, whatever that is; taking care of the house, working out, looking after the kids, doing a good job at work or spending quality time with friends. Feeling productive and useful and wanted.

    You’re so right about it not being at all about material stuff. I also don’t think it’s necessary to be happy happy all the time. Content is good, too. That way when something really great happens you have something to compare it with! lol


    • jacquie

      OK, now to answer it honestly…

      When my kids talk to me and make me feel still relevant in their lives, that makes me happy.

      When I make a meal and everyone looks like they’re enjoying it, that makes me happy.

      When I finish a long walk and coffee with a friend and my butt cheeks are aching, that makes me happy because I figure I’m getting a higher rear.

      Finishing a project, whether it be a painting or a reno makes me happy.

      Opening an expensive bottle of wine and having it taste as good as it should for the price, that makes me happy.

      Saying something I think is clever and having people get my humour (when often they don’t cuz I’m really not that funny) makes me happy.

      Having a vacation planned and looking forward to it makes me happy, probably more so than the actual trip. No, traveling makes me really happy, especially if I get a chance to explore a new place.

      I could go on… : )


  • Tracy Westerholm

    Being in the moment, truly in the moment is a good start to being happy and finding your flow or zone as you put it Jacquie! I agree, we don’t need to be happy all the time, content is also goooood!

    Family is so important Mom, I agree too! xoxo

  • Bonnie Johnson

    “Happiness is being alone every now and then.
    And happiness is coming home again.
    Happiness is morning and evening,
    Daytime and night time too.
    For happiness is anyone and anything at all
    That’s loved by you.”

    (from “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”)

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