08 Mar, 2010
thinking aloud about happiness
Posted by andrea tomkins in: Yaktivism
Ms.D has had me thinking a lot about happiness. Specifically; how we find it, increase it, and hold on to it.
Can increasing one’s sense of happiness be as simple as finding something one loves to do, and doing it? It seems like happy people are (1) actively seeking out the things they love, and (2) doing them.
Take me for example. I love to write. And so I carve out the time to write every day. If I’m not writing I am thinking about writing. Writing makes me happy. I’m not happy when I’m not writing.
I also love the outdoors, new experiences, and photography. I am working on incorporating more of those things into my life.
This was harder when I was a new mom. Crushing fatigue affected every aspect of my life. I had no energy to actively pursue the things that made me happy. And so I did less of those things. And I got unhappier. And ate more. And did less. And became less happy. (See what I’m getting at?)
I’d really like to talk about this. What’s the thing that you love doing? And how are you incorporating it into your life? If you’re not doing that thing that you love most, can you find a way to do more of it?