betterME Day 24 : If You’re Happy & Ya Know it.

“Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.” – Groucho Marx

The challenge today was to identify what makes me happy. Easy, right?  Hmm, for the most part yes.  First, why is it important to know and list what makes you happy?

  • it will help get away from an unhappy state by doing things that make us smile
  • we can attempt to do everything on the list and therefore fulfill our day, everyday.
  • if we become unhappy we know what we need to do to change to a happy state quicker

As I started doing this I realized there are two types of things that make me happy.  Things that immediately put me in a better mood and things that set me up for a better day later on.

Things that immediately make me happy:

  • Family
  • Friends (you know who you are)
  • Making others laugh
  • Smiling
  • Exercising
  • Playing games
  • Sharing things I like with others
  • And to the dismay of others, being sarcastic and a smart ass 😉
  • Family Guy
  • Helping others

Things that are happiness grenades

  • Having a good morning usually means a better day/night which makes me happy

The “helping others” on the list I considered to be iffy. Perhaps I was over thinking but I realized that while I very much enjoy doing things for others and it does make me happy.  But more than that it makes me feel good.  Are those the same thing??  I can be in a bad mood, and do something for someone else and that makes me feel good but I could still be sad.  So to me feeling good and being happy are slightly independent.  They can happen at the same time, but they don’t have to, at least not for me.  Does that make sense?  Hmm maybe I need to reconsider all that.

I’m saving this list and over the next few days I’ll continue to add to it.  Then I can focus on surrounding myself with things that make me happy 🙂

The goal for tomorrow is : to make a list of things you’re grateful & thankful for.

So what’s on your list?  What makes you happy?  Got enough happiness in your life?


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