I’ve got the secret to true Happy-ness. And it’ll cost you under $40. Are you ready for it?
Yup. That’s a photo of the newest member of our family. It’s a betta fish. And his/her (not sure of gender!) name is Happy.
We bought him at Big Al’s on Kennedy Road in Scarborough.
My wife, daughter and I set out to find a pet fish for our family. Collectively we chose a red show betta.
When we brought her home, and after my wife set up her new home, we asked our daughter what she wanted to name her new pet.
She gleefully replied “Happy!”
We were happy with her choice of name.
And it was in that moment I realized just how easily attainable happiness is, if you know where to look, what to think, and how to act to create an environment of abundant happiness.
I’m going to share with you just a few things I’ve realized to help you attain more happiness — and it won’t cost you a fortune, I promise!
The Simple Things
You’ll be surprised just how much simple things can make you happy. And it’s not just about “buying stuff.”
I’m talking about experiences.
Something as simple as going for a walk. Spending alone time with a special someone. Taking your kids out to the park or the beach.
Reading a book.
Working out at the gym.
There are so many experiences you can encounter that can make you happy.
Ask yourself — what is it that you do, that you absolutely love, which makes you feel happy?
Find a way to do more of it.
Happiness stems for gratitude. When you learn how to be thankful and appreciate what you’ve got, you’ll feel happy.
And practicing gratitude is a lot simpler than you think, once you realize the many things you can be grateful for.
A lot of it has to do with how you feel. And when you genuinely feel grateful for what life brings, happiness becomes easier to attain.
A Positive Perspective
There’s really two ways to look at the situations in life. You can either see them negatively, or positively.
We get to experience life’s wonderful moments each and every day. They may not always be what we want them to be, but it’s our perspective that decides how we view things, and what we feel about them.
Sure, you’ll experience challenges in life. But if you switch on a positive perspective, take it as a learning experience, and strongly move on, you’ll experience much more happiness than if you always think negatively.
Ask yourself, in every situation you face, what is the positive perspective you can gleam from it?
How did it help you learn? And grow?
Start looking at those things positively and you’ll welcome an abundance of happiness into your life.
Doing Things You Love
I’m a firm believer in doing things you love, and avoiding things you hate doing.
If you tell me, “sure, that’s easy to say, but I hate my job… but also need to pay my bills…”
…then I say… find something else to do.
Seek something you’ll be passionate about.
Believe me — I’ve been in jobs that I absolutely hated. I’ve done things I didn’t love. Just to get a paycheque. To pay the bills. But there’s nothing rewarding about that kind of experience.
I convinced myself I had to do things for the sake of necessity.
But after I realized just how simple it is to find something you love and take care of your needs, I grew happier and experienced financial rewards as well.
And doing things you love doesn’t just need to be about work.
What are your interests? Hobbies? Aspirations and dreams?
Do you like to cook? To travel? Play sports? Go mountain biking?
Do things you love, every single day, and trust me — you’ll be so much happier.
Interacting with other people makes me happy. I love to learn, converse, and grow with people I surround myself with.
Nobody is an island.
Our interactions with other people around us encourage feelings of happiness in many different ways.
We need other people. And they need us.
We need to talk. Laugh. Play. Argue sometimes. Bounce ideas off each other. Learn things.
Surround yourself with positive people. Lots of them. Network. Interact as much as you can.
One of the things that has allowed me to experience happiness through socializing with other people is my natural curiosity about them.
I love to meet new people. Learn about them. What their interests are. And what I can do to help them in their life’s journey.
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Who knew a $40 pet betta fish would turn into a reflection of how to find happiness in life.
Then again, happiness comes to us in so many ways.
We just have to open ourselves up to welcome happiness into our life.