“Happiness is letting go of what
you think your life is supposed to
look like and celebrating it for
everything that it is.” – Mandy Hale
– Mandy Hale
Being happy, walking that path, has been my primary goal in life. For a long time, I thought that being happy meant being a part of something or living wholly for someone. In essence, I thought that being happy meant being in a relationship. What I did not realize was that, although happiness can be found interpersonally, it must first be found intrapersonally. I needed to learn to be happy with me. Moreover, consistent self-happiness can take incredible daily effort, especially if your environment is far from conducive to promoting a healthy mental state.
Still, I believe that experiencing happiness can be as simple as taking your next breath or becoming aware of your senses. Self-happiness does not have to start with an internal examination of self, where you check off all the ways that you are sound psychologically, intellectually, and spiritually. No, it can begin with an external examination, i.e., physically. That you physically exist, regardless of form, is something about which you can be happy. Paying attention to and celebrating how your body
Paying attention to and celebrating how your body does work, instead of how it does not, is important to feeling happy, especially if, like me, you have a chronic illness. For example, I find joy in wriggling my toes when I’m wearing socks. The sensation of the cloth restricting my toes makes me aware that I have toes, and that is something for which I truly grateful. When I experience gratitude, I also experience happiness.
Starting off this Monday, why not take a moment, in whatever way, to show yourself gratitude that you are, that you exist. And by just existing, despite the opinions of others and your physical surroundings, you have the potential to create an even greater happiness for yourself.
I know that I will be doing that. I hope you will, too. 🙂