Happiness is not easy… in fact, happiness is hard.
I’m starting to believe that’s bull. I mean they call it the pursuit of happiness don’t they? If it came easily, we wouldn’t have to chase it.
We live in a very negative world. Just think how many times we start the day in a great mood and then think about how long it took for something, anything really, to bring you down from that high.
My Lenten cancer-free life project already had me thinking about my life and my mental state. I guess I hadn’t looked at it as measuring my happiness until I read Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project but since I did I have realize that is exactly what I am trying to increase. I want to be happier in the life I have chosen to lead.
I have no regrets about choosing the life I did. I love being a wife and mother. I can’t imagine having to leave the boys to go to work every day. Working from home is hard, but it is my choice and I would choose it again. That said, I don’t feel happy very often. I get caught up in the daily grind. The tantrums and whining and deadlines seem to dominate my days.
When I do stop to enjoy the moment I do feel a deep sense of contentment and happiness but that doesn’t happen often enough. Reading The Happiness Project was a good wake up call for me. It didn’t have any major revelations that will change my life but I am taking away some good tips that I hope will serve as reminders.
The key reminder from the book was that I really need to learn to ‘let it go.’ I need to let the frustrating moments pass and hold on to the precious ones. It takes work and practice to be able to do that, I think.
Happiness is hard… but it’s worth the work.