1 Simple Thing You Can Do To Find Happiness

We all just want to be happy, don’t we?

But what does “happy” really mean and look like?

I know that true happiness is not putting on a big yellow happy-face facade despite feeling unhappy and empty inside. It’s so easy to get into the habit of comparing yourself with others, to focus on all that is wrong in your life…all that you are not…all that you don’t have.

What would happen if you shifted your perspective to focus on everything you do have? What is working for you right now? That is where the magic happens. This is called “gratitude” (the state of being grateful).

Life becomes beautiful and happy. I’m not talking about a false “happy” facade. I mean a real, deep, genuine happy.

Last spring, I was going through a challenging time in my life. I found inspiration watching one of my friends as she completed the “#100daysofhappy” challenge on Instagram. It was so beautiful to see her finding simple (or sometime luxurious) things each and every day that brought her happiness. I thought maybe something like this could help me get out of my rut.

I decided to give #100daysofhappy a shot, but noticed that it just didn’t feel right for me. I was in a rut, each day was a struggle and I simply didn’t know if I could find something to photograph each day that made me feel “happy”…that seemed like an overwhelming task to take on and too much to commit myself to for 100 days.

I stepped back and let it sit for a few days asking myself “What can I find in each day to celebrate?”. It came to me…gratitude. Each day, I could easily select one thing in my life that I was grateful for. That kicked off my #100daysofgratitude Instagram adventure. I was surprised to find that not only was it simple, but it helped me out of my rut with ease and taught me some incredible lessons.

Here are the 9 biggest lessons from my #100daysofgratitude adventure on Instagram:

  1. Neither me, my life, nor the people around me are perfect, but they are perfectly imperfect and I love this imperfection. I keeps life interesting and fun.
  2. Even on the worst day, there is always something to be thankful for, even if it’s just the energy to haul your ass out of bed.
  3. Gratitude makes it hard to be unhappy. Rather than comparing yourself to someone else, you are looking at yourself and your own life through a whole new lense. You’ve got things going for you…you just have to look around to see them!
  4. Relationships are gold. I have some amazing people in my life and I bet you do too. We go through good times and bad together. These people aren’t perfect and neither am I. The connections shared with the people who choose to be in your life are more valuable than money or possessions.
  5. I have the freedom to be me and to express myself. That in itself is pretty amazing. Not only do I give myself that freedom, but the culture that I live in also allows me, as a woman, the same freedoms and rights as a man. I’m able to express myself just like the next person. Not everyone in the world has that same freedom and I’m grateful for the people who paved that way for all of us.
  6. Each day is a brand new start. Today is the first day of the rest of your life.
  7. I have clothes on my back, food in my belly and a roof over my head. Not everyone out there does.
  8. Taking time to use each of my senses is vital to my happiness and well-being. Taking time to see the everyday magic around me in the world. My sight, hearing, taste, smell, touch…they all play a part in this. Taking in even just 5 minutes of fresh air and nature recharges my batteries and brings me peace and energy for the next day’s adventure.
  9. Simple things in life bring me joy. The birds chirping, the sun shining on my skin, a sincere gesture from a person (could be a stranger), etc. Simple is good. I’m grateful for simple!

Life is not always easy. It tends to come in waves of ups and downs…but life is beautiful and there is beauty around us everywhere. When we practice gratitude regularly we can see that beauty, and “happiness” can flow in its wake.

It’s your turn: I challenge you to embark on your own #100daysofgratitude adventure starting now. It’s one baby step into your very own amazing journey.

I’d love to hear from you (please leave a comment below):

  • What is one thing that you are grateful for right now?

Sincerely,

Sherri-Lyn

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