Doing What Makes You Happy

Move towards those things that bring you happiness. What brings a smile to your face? What brings you genuine joy in your heart? Find what makes you happy and do it. It doesn’t have to be amazing, big, or impressive. It can be something small. And while I believe it’s possible to create happiness within before you do anything outside of yourself, I also believe that certain things in your outer world will be a match for your heart, and will light you up in a way that feels uniquely happy to you.

Growing into adulthood, I often judged the things that made me feel happiness, as if they weren’t important enough. I also didn’t value happiness or joy as something that mattered. I thought it was selfish and frivolous to be happy. Now, I truly believe it matters a lot. You are here to feel joy. You are here to be your fullest self, and part of that is allowing yourself to be happy. 

The things that make you happy will be unique to you and will be a signature of your heart. What brings a smile to your face? What makes your heart sing? I dare you to write a few of them down and do at least one of them every day. If you are already doing that, then wonderful! 

I leave you with this poem by Mary Oliver. Chances are you may have read it, but if not, I hope you enjoy your first reading of it. It’s a beautiful and powerful poem that holds so much meaning.

Hope you have a great day with at least one chance to do something that makes you happy.

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Wild Geese by Mary Oliver

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about your despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting —
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

Finding Joy Within

True joy cannot be found outside of yourself. You may find some happiness there, in the people or things around you, but it will not be lasting. People will change, things will go away, and you will be left again with yourself. For real, true joy, you must go within. Get still and awaken the flame in your heart. There joy is. 

I used to put a lot of stock into how successful I could be. I thought if I made good grades and built a great resume, then I could be happy. I was always making plans for myself in a vain attempt to find happiness. Of course, I could not be happy that way. I still had healing to do. I learned to go within, where I could heal. That is where I found true joy. 

You are equipped to feel that joy because you were created in love. Follow the thread of your heart. It will lead you to that place of joy. You can be there. You were born to be there. Turn off your mind, get still, and you will find the path. Your heart connects you to God. Your heart will lead you to joy. 

Have a joyful day!

Moving Towards Joy

What makes you feel joy? What sparks that feeling for you? What makes you smile? Whatever it is, do that more! Even if it is something small or if it seems insignificant. I believe feeling joy is one of the big reasons why we’re alive. Feeling joy, happiness, and contentment is a sure sign that you are aligned with your soul’s purpose. 

As a child, I knew what joy felt like. I fell into a joyful state relatively easily, if memory serves me correctly. There seemed to be so much light and peace, and things were safe. As an adult, it takes some practice. It’s easy to get caught up in my day to day life. Jobs, family, finances, stress all end up in the forefront of my mind and leave little room for joy. It can also seem selfish to feel joy in a world that can have so much suffering, but the goal is not to stop you from feeling joy. It’s to make it possible for more and more people to be in a place to feel happy.

It doesn’t have to be hard to find this simple happiness. Some things that easily bring me joy are nature, gardening, my family, spending time with friends, and writing, to name a few. What brings you joy? Think of at least five things that help you feel that happiness, and try to do at least one of them every day.