Earlier this month I posted a beautiful, scenic picture of a family day out. Commenting below, one reader asked me ‘Tell me please, how can you enjoy your life so much?’ Honestly, the question took me by surprise. I have my down days like everybody else but for the most part, I’m a pretty happy person. Maybe too happy and optimistic for some people’s liking. I believe that comes down to experiencing severe depression about 4 years ago.
Once you experience such soul-crushing sadness and grief, even the smallest of blessings make you swell up in joy and tears. I appreciate and value my happiness because I know what it feels like to wake up in misery and cry yourself to sleep, praying that you wouldn’t see daylight.
I want to share with you my little not-so-secret anymore on cultivating lasting happiness. Happiness that isn’t restricted to your relationship status, the size of your thighs, the number of digits in your bank account or the busyness of your social calendar. Whilst all these components can enhance your happiness, none of them can truly ever replace the joy and sweetness that is found from cultivating your own happiness.
By now your probably wondering, what is this secret? Are you ready for it? Do not underestimate it’s simplicity…
Make your happiness a priority.
That’s it. Every day I go about my life, constantly asking myself ‘what will make me happy?’ Sometimes it’s as simple as using my favourite mug for my daily cup of organic green tea. Other times it’s forcing my tush into the gym. Some days I have to grudge my feet against the ground to make my way but I always return overflowing with love and so much zest and appreciation for life. Sometimes making my happiness a priority means not showing up to family gatherings in-spite of the comments that I get afterwards. Other days it means rearranging work commitments so that I can cherish random hour-long catch ups with my bestie. You get the idea…
So Darling, how can you make your happiness a priority today? Does it meaning using your favourite cutlery instead of saving them for guests? Does it mean waking up 30 minutes earlier so that you can squeeze in self-love time before waking up the kids?
Whatever happiness looks like to you, make it your priority. Let me know in the comments below, what happiness looks like to you and how you plan on investing in your happiness. I can’t wait to hear from you.