I’ve constantly been on a quest, and in the past quite neurotically, to live a happy life. There have been a number of things that people have said that have stayed with me. And as time moves on - the last two years especially - the company that I’ve shared my time with have made an extremely lasting impression.
One of the people whom I’ve gotten to know in the past couple of years is my friend Phill. To me, Phill is a thought leader. The friend that’s mastered great ideas and paired his thoughts with being an effective wordsmith. He injects enthusiasm into me every time we catch up.
On our most recent catch-up Phill was telling me about his wife Jess’ studio space. Jess is a videographer and editor. Her business is growing from the house into its own. Phill described the prints that he was looking into putting up on the walls; how the space - through its aesthetics -could be part of the creative environment, and, therefore, add to Jess’ experience.
He also talked about spending quality time with his family by the river, a few hours drive out of town, largely offline... “cause that’s what life’s about, right? Creating beautiful experiences every day”.
It was one of the countless moments I wanted to give Phill a high five.
You see, I’m naturally wired for positivity despite not handling transition very well. Besides that, there have been times where I’ve been knocked sideways, delved into the depths of anxiety, sadness and there have been birthdays where I’ve desperately wished for a happier year ahead.
Happy to report that I’m beyond that and have learnt many methods that won’t lead me to that icky place. And there have been a series of methods that have helped me with that.
I THINK I’VE WORKED IT OUT...
Back to Phill. I let his words marinate for months. Then one morning, striking clarity. To live a happy life is the sum of having beautiful experiences every day.
In every moment of each day we have choice. We can choose what we do with our days. We can choose how to respond to situations in our lives, no matter how big or small.
THE TAKE AWAY...
So for example, when we wake each morning we can choose our mood - to be excited about the opportunities, rather than be mired by the tasks ahead.
We can choose to turn on the news in the morning, or not. If you’re like me, get ready to music. We can choose the people we hang out with, the food we eat - will it give us remarkable highs then slump into fatigue? Or food that nourishes us and sustains a level of enduring energy?
We can choose a form of exercise we like, rather than something we loathe for whatever reason.
What decisions do you make each day to make your life experience a happier one? I’d love to read your thoughts below.
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