happiness: ˈhapɪnəs/ noun
the state of being happy.
There probably isn’t a formal definition of happiness – can you even put happiness into words…or is it a feeling? Happiness is a sense of well-being, joy, or contentment. It’s the opposite of sadness.
What makes people happy can be very different. Happiness can be a glass of wine after a stressful day at work or not getting caught in traffic on a journey. Happiness could be getting that job promotion or having an offer accepted on your dream house. Happiness is being in love and feeling loved. Happiness is having a naughty bar of chocolate when you’ve been on a healthy diet all week. Happiness is doing something good for others. Happiness is laughter. Happiness is binge watching your favourite TV show – no matter how trashy it might be. Happiness is taking time for yourself. Happiness is the simple things in life. Not forgetting that to that happiness can be found spending time with family and friends.
Does your ‘definition’ change as you get older? In conversation with my step daughter, at the grand age of 13, she said that having fun with her friends and spending time with family were important and made her happy – but there’s no shadow of a doubt that snap-chatting with her friends also brings a smile to her face.
What makes me happy at 35? Spending time with family and with friends. I don’t have a huge army of friends, but the ones I do have I’ve known a LONG time. Travelling and seeing new places either in the UK or abroad. A relaxing Friday night with a glass of wine or G&T knowing that we’ve worked hard in our businesses that week. Laughter – John has a great sense of humour so a day never goes by when we’re not laughing about something. Being greeted at the door by two ridiculously happy dogs who think they haven’t seen you for days rather than a couple of hours.
What makes John happy at 4*?! Seeing those around him at their happiest, feeling healthy especially after a couple of worries in the last couple of years, spending time with loved ones, Arsenal winning(!!), good food, drink and conversation.
A year or so back, we had the radio on whilst having breakfast. Chris Evans said something along the lines of ‘How do you know when you’re happy & content with life when maybe you’re already there?’ This has really resonated with John. Are we all chasing something that’s just out of reach without realising we’re already happy with where we are?
In the imminent future, I’ll be writing a post about Hygge, what it is and how we can use the concept to help increase our happiness factor.
What’s made you happy this week?!
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