stop overcomplicating your happiness. Keep happiness simple.
Often times, you think that you need to do or have something major to feel happiness in your life.
Happiness is about the small choices you make day by day.
Personally, when happiness doesn’t feel close at hand, I choose to feel (what to me is the next best feeling) peace 🕊️.
Even though feeling peace isn’t the same as feeling happiness, it gets me one step closer to happiness.
Gabby Bernstein says that no matter how you are feeling, you can work on experiencing the next best feeling on the scale of emotions.
For example, if you’re feeling frustrated or irritated you can make it your goal to feel contentment. Versus trying to go from feeling frustration to joy in one jump.
what’s one step you can take today towards your happiness?
Here are some ideas:
- Read an inspiring book.
- Have lunch with a friend.
- Dedicate time to your hobby.
- Work on a short-term goal that leads towards the manifestation of your dreams.
shout out to Teja 🌞
Since we’re on the topic of happiness, I want to give a shout out to one of my blogging buddies Teja Shankara over at the StarFire Teja blog. Please check out her blog and her latest book 📖 “Reaching for Orange: Practices, Visualizations, & Blessings to Help You Happy Up Your Life” (please note that her book is also available on Amazon).
Teja’s book, “Reaching for Orange: Practices, Visualizations, & Blessings to Help You Happy Up Your Life”, includes blessings, practices, visualizations, and reflective questions about life that have been helping me work through my emotions and thoughts throughout the week.
For those of you who don’t know, I’m a middle school teacher, so by this time of the year I’m emotionally and energetically drained.
However, I’ve learned that this doesn’t have to be the case if I take steps, no matter how small, towards keeping a positive mindset, feeling full of energy, and, of course, feeling happy.
One of Teja’s questions, found in the book, led me to the following reflection about life:
The most important lesson my life teaches is that all of the negative things in life lead back to something greater: freedom, connection, wholeness, love, joy, peace, forgiveness, trust, service to others, redemption, grace, abundance.
You can read about the “23 Possible Benefits You May Gain Through Reading Reaching for Orange” over at Teja’s blog StarFire Teja by clicking here.
Don’t ignore what brings you happiness, and don’t sacrifice for your happiness. When you do, you become miserable. Take that one step, no matter how small, towards your happiness today.