What Makes You Happy: Discovering Happiness in Three Categories

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Geez. Ain't that the question? Happiness and how I find it in my life have been at the forefront of my mind since I graduated college. Like, my life isn't determined by some formula anymore. There's no clear cut next step. I could travel, get a job, move across the country, who knows! I mean, everything is possible. My life is what I make it now, so I've been asking myself how do I live a life that makes me happy?

I do this thing called Feeling Myself Friday, which you may know about if you follow me on Twitter. Feeling Myself Friday is essentially my day of the week where I focus on self-care. As I pondered my happiness and place in the universe one Friday, I pulled out a sheet of paper and honestly confronted myself about it.

What makes me happy?

I could have made a myriad of lists covering each niche detail of my life, but I found myself - in a broad sense - finding my life could be simplified into three categories: body, mind, and lifestyle.

I found that the truth of what made me happy came through clearly when I thought of my happiness in a more specific (yet still broad) way than a big what makes you happy?

Since I've made my list, I've been trying to look at how I live and how much my life is matching up with what's on it. How often am I doing these things I know make me happy?

I thought I'd go ahead and provide some guiding questions for anyone interested in doing this exercise themselves!

Body
  • When are you happy with you skin?
  • When are you happy with your physical fitness?
  • What type of activities make you happy with your fitness?
  • What kind of food makes you feel happy in your body?
  • Are sweets and treats part of your happiness? (God yes)
  • What makes you feel like you're conquering your physical illness?
  • What makes you feel happy when you look in the mirror?
  • What do you do for your body that makes you feel happy and healthy?

Mind
  • What gets you thinking?
  • What inspires you?
  • Do you feel happy engaging in ideas with others?
  • What makes you feel like you're growing?
  • What makes you feel connected to yourself?
  • What makes you feel like your mental illness doesn't define you?
  • What thoughts shine through your eyes? 
  • What fills your mind with positivity?
  • What clears your mind of negativity?

Lifestyle
  • How can you eliminate roadblocks to happiness?
  • How important is socializing to your happiness?
  • What kind of living space makes you happy?
  • How do you want to present yourself?
  • What words do you want to guide your life, and how can they be acted out?
  • How are you finding balance?
  • Are you finding small joys?

What is one thing that makes you happy?
Tell me in the comments! 💛


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