Today is the day that you find happiness. It’s not next week, next year, or when you reach your long term goals. The path to happiness isn’t about having something or reaching a certain place in your life. Happiness is in the now. Life doesn’t have to be in a place of having all the things you want in order to feel good. Life is the current moment. Life is now. We don’t need to love everything in life to have happiness. There is a joy to be found in moments. The idea that happiness is a choice, isn’t a myth. It’s a fact. You can choose to make the best of each day. Each day can be lived like it’s your last. You can view life as a thing that is fleeting and understand that it’s important to capture life in a positive way.
Some of us weren’t gifted with an amazing life. Perhaps, you have lived through some trauma or even had some epic failures. That’s ok, happiness is still available to you too. In working as a life coach and also dealing with trauma on my own, it has been found that there is still a joy to be found while handling some really hard times that have been thrown at us. Joy and happiness are created. Rather than waiting to be positive or waiting for happiness to arrive, we make it in the way we choose to spend our time. We are in charge of how we spend our time. But, often the ways in which we choose to spend our time is where we allow things that don’t make us happy to dictate our time.
Anything that we want to do in our lives is a choice. And change is always a possibility. Happiness and change are key factors in living a better life. We as people tend to be creatures of habit and want stability in our lives. In wanting stability and habit, we often let go of happiness. We drop the ball on living a good life to have stability instead. We give our time to people, places, and things that drain us, suck the energy out of us and make us feel like shit. We give up our passions, our interests, and health to have a sustainable unhappy existence. We forget that we matter the most, and life isn’t about living for others but rather it’s about living our best life each day while we are here.
How do we begin living our best life now? Happiness is created in doing things that make us feel good. We do things daily that feel good, and we begin to delete our time being spent on things that make us feel bad. Rather than torture ourselves by being around a partner or going to a job that makes us miserable, we remove those things. We stop fearing change and begin to let go. Stability is great, but often change is what will bring us the joy that allows us to be true to ourselves.
Happiness is in making changes to live a life that is more suitable to you, and also in choosing to create moments that bring us happiness. Moments that bring us happiness are different as we age, but we can also have some of the same staples that we have enjoyed since childhood. Examples of things that can bring us joy at the moment can be: being outside, listening to music, reading a book, painting, building something, playing sports or working out, or drinking coffee.
Live in these moments, and keep creating moments where you are living. Go do things you use to love doing and do the things that you have been curious about. Be adventurous and explore life. Keep exploring and keep finding ways to live in the moment and feel alive. Feeling alive and happy is a choice and it doesn’t need to stop until your days on Earth run out. Don’t allow less than perfect circumstances such as not having money, dealing with a breakup, or looking for a better job to hold you back from living and feeling happy. Life is now, change what doesn’t bring you joy, and work to create more happiness in the now not the later.