Lately I’ve been asking myself where to find happiness. It’s been so surprising to me to realise that it’s actually very easily found when you simplify life. Happiness, after some observation and reflection, seems to me to be very easily lost when life becomes complicated. I’ve noticed that when people become stressed or anxious over finances, job security, career decisions, studying for matric or the pressure of getting a degree it’s as though it becomes very a cloudy fog that blocks out sight of your interpretation of happiness and it’s in those moments that’s crucial to check in with yourself and rediscover what truly makes you happy.
I tend to get stressed out extremely easily which is a flaw of mine that I’ve recently been trying to get under check which is why I started shifting my focus from the causes of my stress to the things in life that bring me joy and it was so refreshing to discover exactly what those things were. Most of them I’ve always known but now I’ve just become more aware of them. Each person is so completely different to the next so what makes me happy might be the polar opposite of what makes you happy but that’s what keeps each individual so unique and so interesting.
On this mini path of self-discovery I’ve discovered that I’m a bit of a home body. I would previously never have described myself a home body but perhaps its the fact that my schedule these days makes time at home on my couch with an hour or two to paint my nails and do a face mask a complete luxury and a love it. A few things about being at home really make me happy. These are all going to sound bizarre but I love sorting and organising my room, arranging my wardrobe according to colour, arranging my bathroom cabinet and picking out a scented candle to suit my mood. I find a well organised and beautiful room brings me so much peace and instantly relaxes me so it’s easy to find happiness in something that’s almost effortless. Something else I’ve realised that makes me so happy and so relaxed is my love for being in the kitchen. I love to cook. I love to prepare meals that everyone enjoys. I really find it so rewarding.
When I ask where to find happiness outside of the home, I’ve rediscovered my love for yoga and a great workout. Yoga to relax my mind and body and an intense workout to increase my energy. I love the way both make me feel. I feel healthy and strong after visiting the gym both mentally and physically. It’s also a great way to set myself personal goals to work towards too not to mention the wonderful feeling of accomplishment when you reach certain milestones whether that means being able to stretch a little further or run a little bit quicker.
Something I’ve always known but lately really embraced is my creativity. That has been another discovery for the question of where to find happiness. It brings me so much happiness to crave out some time to enjoy my love for photography and music. I don’t consider myself the most creative person by any means but I do enjoy tapping into it from time to time. It also relaxes and inspires me to appreciate other people’s creativity too.
The company I keep is also greatly contributes to my happiness. My family are incredible. My friends are phenomenal. My boyfriend is amazing and his family also such a huge part of my happiness. I’ve had the same group of friends since we were children and we have been through everything together which I think is why we are so close.
I’ve realised that money, a career, the car you drive and appearances really have nothing to do with my own happiness and this is where we are all unique. These might be what make you happy and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. For me, I find that happiness is something I need to put into perspective every single day and that way I really embrace my blessings, feel at peace and become increasingly grateful for all the positives in my life. When I ask where to find happiness I always find the answer in the simplest of things and I love that fact. What makes you the happiest version of yourself?