Make yourself happy

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When was the last time you felt really really happy?? What made you feel so good? Happiness is a totally personal thing. What makes one person joyously happy, may not do the same for someone else. Don’t look to others to see what ‘should’ make you happy. Equally, society as a whole place a whole lot of importance on material goods bringing happiness. Does the latest phone//computer//gadget bring you lifelong happiness?? Nope. Sure, it might be fun…. but it won’t guarantee you lasting happiness.

Think back to when you were a child.
what did you do as a child?
what or who made you happy?
what did you fill my days with
what did you really not like?
what are your favourite memories?
what things and activities did you love?

Personally, as a child I was never happier than when I was covered in glue and glitter, I would spend so many hours happily colouring and creating, making cards and invites for my teddies tea parties :) If I wasn’t making, then I was outside, running around in the fresh air, building dens and climbing trees. Not too much has changed {well… I climb a few less tress :p} I still love creating, be it jewellery for my shop, art journalling or just painting and glittering with my kiddos. Not many a day passes without me making something.

Just yesterday, after a busy couple of work weeks, we took the day off, packed a picnic, rounded up the girls and headed out to the woods and river for the day. There is something so grounding about nature. It is where I go when I am stressed out, tired, anxious, sad… I can go and forget all my worries. Away from the world, I can soak up the sun and revel in the birdsong.

Listen to your heart….. what makes you truly happy?? What could you not imagine living without doing? What parts of your life do you enjoy? What about that is it that you enjoy? Sit down and think about it. List it all out. Brainstorm… every little thing that makes you happy. Big. Small. Silly or not.

 The beauty of this life is that YOU get to fill it with what you want. Don’t waste your life doing what doesn’t make you happy, hanging on to baggage that is bringing you down, or doing what you think you ‘should’. Erase the past, be grateful that it brought you where you are today. You have a fresh slate. Start right now today.

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19 Comments

  1. July 2, 2014 / 08:39

    Great post hun, I think it is really important to remind ourselves of what truly matters and what really makes us happy. Otherwise it is easy to get caught up in ‘other’ stuff x

  2. July 2, 2014 / 10:28

    What an inspiring post. It is so easy to get dragged down by all of the bad things in life it is great to really think about the happy bits and do more of them!

  3. July 2, 2014 / 10:33

    I love to stay up and watch the sun rise – I sometimes would drive to the beach and watch dawn break over the North Sea. I also love the changes of the seasons and love the thrill of a good thunder and lightening storm!

  4. July 2, 2014 / 10:48

    I am happiest when we’re out and about in the sunshine.

  5. July 2, 2014 / 14:57

    So beautifully said and expressed..I totally agree…what a heart-warming and soul-touching post!
    PS; I love your blog
    Victoria

  6. July 2, 2014 / 15:00

    It doesn’t have to be hugely complicated, either, does it? At the moment I’m really happy on a good night’s sleep and spending time with the three of us x

  7. July 2, 2014 / 15:30

    Yes, nature. Hiking, camping (primitive), and kayaking……pure bliss for me

  8. July 2, 2014 / 19:36

    I totally agree, I often think about how I was unhappy in my office job but at the time all the stresses at work felt SO important, looking back it wasn’t at all! I have a few people on my FB that bring me down a bit and I’ve been hovering over the remove button for a while because..hey life’s too short! x

  9. July 2, 2014 / 21:54

    I’m happy when were spending time together as a family. We’re going to Legoland tomorrow and I can’t wait!

  10. July 2, 2014 / 22:41

    Glitter and glue – it really is the simple things. I think I’m happiest with an evening in a book or a guitar and a song.

  11. July 3, 2014 / 08:27

    i have to be honest, i haven’t been happy for quite a while. this year has been pretty rubbish and seems to be getting worse. i do make sure to cherish the little moments though!

  12. July 3, 2014 / 12:47

    Lovely post. Being with my family makes me happy, visiting the miniature railway way at the minute makes us all smile!

  13. July 3, 2014 / 17:23

    I absolutely love singing, only when I’m on my own or around the kids though, never around anyone else! Driving on a sunny day with music blaring out makes me so happy! x

  14. July 4, 2014 / 09:59

    Sucha beautiful pot and I agree gadgets and things only bring temporary happiness which does not touch sides on true longterm happiness.

    Laura x

  15. July 4, 2014 / 10:15

    I love this post, really happy For me it is all about having adventures and my favourite are when exploring new places. I feel really lucky that I’m able to do that as mucg as I am.

  16. VaiChin @ Rambling Through Parenthood
    July 4, 2014 / 16:29

    Today is the start of the rest of your life, as they say. Beautiful post.

  17. July 7, 2014 / 10:09

    It is such a great idea to think back to your own childhood and think about why made you happy then as you can try those things out on your own kids. I am a kindred spirit and love being out and about in woods and fields too x

  18. July 9, 2014 / 09:35

    So true. When I was little, I was happiest when playing with my friends in the street outside our house or at a friend’s house, playing with their dolls!

  19. July 9, 2014 / 20:44

    It’s always lovely to reflect on what we need isn’t it. I’m not sure, I’m always pretty happy when the sun is out and I love being near the sea too. I think dancing has to be it though :) x

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