I've been thinking a lot lately about being happy, and how to get there. I've lost a lot of weight lately, and while that has certainly helped my attitude and the way I think about myself, I still feel like I have a lot of work to do.
I've learned that happiness is really just a state of mind, and that there are different kinds of happiness. There's the fleeting happiness I get when I buy something I really want, like that TW Steel watch I've had my eye on. Then there is long-term happiness - which to me is more of an overall attitude in the way I approach daily life. This is what I have a hard time with. I feel like I get so caught up in everything I have to do every day that sometimes I forget to stop and enjoy the little things in life. I only just realized how much I'm missing.
I read something really interesting this weekend. Psychologists have identified some important areas that they say really impact a person's happiness. That's not to say that having or not having these things definitely determines if you will be happy or not. But they have found trends that point to general happy feelings and a positive approach to life. These things include having enough money, being healthy, having good friends and also things like spirituality and how involved you are with your community.
I've decided that I need to start by increasing my community involvement through volunteering. I'm healthy, I have enough money to take care of what I need, and I have fantastic friends. But I sometimes feel a little something missing in my life, and I think that if I can share some of the blessings I've received with others, I'll be happier.