Happiness & Being grateful for your past

I believe that a lot of people are constantly caught up with the idea of “being happy” as it is a constant state of being. Happiness comes in moments, you don’t just achieve happiness every second of your life as you experience it alongside every other emotion on the spectrum. If you’re spending your life chasing the constructed idea of happiness you can never be content. Work on being whole, work on feeling everything whilst increasing those happy moments. I am one to think deeply, or way too deeply… But these are some of the thoughts that cross my deep mind and that I always feel grateful for.

  • I am literally a living and breathing person with the ability to do whatever I set my mind to
  • My organs are working all day every day to keep me alive – there are billions of white blood cells in my body working their asses off to protect me
  • I am living on a planet filled of so many beautiful things (I can never get over this)
  • I am just a tiny spec in this entire incredible universe (I can never get over this either)

“You may not see it today or tomorrow, but you will look back in a few years and be absolutely perplexed and awed by how every little thing added up and brought you somewhere wonderful – or where you always wanted to be. You will be grateful that things didn’t work out the way you once wanted them too.”

I love this quote above that I had written down a few years ago (not my own). I strongly believe that we must realise that we make decisions that will possibly end up hurting us, but it only makes yourself a better, stronger you. We must be grateful for these decisions we have made and how it has shaped us into the person we are today.

On the topic of reflecting on one’s own decisions, today I came across my diary and found a list I made in year 10.  It was a year that I had experienced a few lows and got quite physically sick and I made this list called, “Things that make me happy”. I wrote this list so that whenever I was feeling down I could come back to it and remember the things that I can do that make me feel great. I wrote in this diary a lot throughout high school, because as everyone has super ‘highs’ and ‘lows’ in their life, it’s important that I recorded those ‘highs’ so that whenever I wasn’t feeling A-Okay, I could look back and remember I was put on this Earth for a reason and there is plenty of things in life I can feel great about. I wish I came across this more often since being in grade 10! Here is what I wrote…

  • Yoga classes to clear my mind
  • Visiting the beach and building a sandcastle
  • Watching Hamish and Andy’s “Gap Year” to get that good ab workout
  • Sending messages to my best friends spontaneously telling them why I appreciate them
  • Getting massages to release any stress and muscle tension
  • Catching up with old friends I miss
  • Going on picnics with good friends
  • Playing board games with my favourite people
  • Laying outside and watching the stars get brighter
  • Going for a swim in the ocean to refresh myself
  • Reading books outside
  • Going for runs, even if its only 10 minutes without stopping
  • Eating fish and chips whilst watching the sunset
  • Climbing, walking or running up a mountain and getting a photo at the top
  • Writing down something I am grateful for each day
  • Going on a road trip, playing loud music in the car and getting lots of photos
  • Complimenting someone and making them feel better about themselves
  • Letting my favourites know I love them
  • Always smiling at everyone – even if they are a bypassing stranger
  • Being strong enough to let go of any problems and wise enough to know what I deserve
  • Expecting nothing and appreciating everything

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