The Pieces of Happiness
What makes you happy? That is a question which can sometime be more difficult to answer than it seems. There are many aspects of achieving happiness in terms of finding your own true personal, social and professional calling. Some of us go through life in situations, hang around with people and work jobs which do not make us content at all. Quite often these things go unquestioned because that is how it has always been. Well I’m here to say shake things up! Make a change if your think you’re in a rut or are feeling the drag of the 9 to 5. Here is what you can do first. It’s simple. Write a list of activities or things which really make you happy. This can be anything from the most simple to a deeper passion. The goal should be to find 20 things. After a few trust me it will get a little harder. We have a tendency to focus on the negative more often than the positive. Now go make that list!
Examples of my own(in no particular order):
-travelling in any shape or form
-eating a bowl of noodles on the street
-relaxing with a beer
-riding my motorbike
-playing silly games
-thinking too much
-drinking my tea
-meeting new people and hearing their story
These are just a few examples without going too deep. But dig deep even if you think it is silly, you are the only one seeing it so be truthful to yourself for once. The goal of this exercise is to help you flush out the things which make you truly happy and point you towards careers, people and activities which will make you the happiest. Wherever you are in the world or whatever you do the prime motivation behind all your actions should be backed your own personal happiness and the happiness of others in mind.
If someone asks you if your job makes you happy and the answer is not an immediate and resounding ‘yeah! It’s exactly what I want to be doing!’ Then there is a problem. Now look back to your list and it should not be hard to find a trend of things which you enjoy. Start thinking of how you can turn that into a job which allows you to get up each morning with the certainty of what you are doing is your passion. But don’t get caught up in thinking that what you’re good at and what you enjoy are the same thing. They’re not! I’m not saying go quit your job and get all new friends. I just want to give you some perspective on what makes you happy and how to combine these things to your life. We spend a large majority of our lives at work, so you owe it to yourself to do something rewarding even if it means taking a pay cut. People get trapped in cubicle lifestyles where life starts making decisions for you. Make your world your own.
My passion is travel. I enjoy working with kids. They make me laugh. I teach kindergarten so I get to colour, be silly, sing(even though I can’t) and be a kid everyday. Being a kid rocks so therefore so does my job. As a result, I combined my two passions and found a job working at an international school abroad. Last year I was able to go to eight different countries and loved almost every minute of it. I worked for what I got, I made it happen. If you want something it is up to you to find the motivation to make it come true. No one is going to do it for you. Don’t wait for the lottery, because chances are your number isn’t going to come up. Instead make your own lottery where you pull all the numbers and always win. This your life so love it. No more I can’ts and I don’ts. Find your passions, your happy spots. Be true to yourself and people around you will love you more for it. Have a goal and start today.