Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony.
— Mahatma Ghandi
I have experienced, in the past 12 months, more happiness than I have ever felt in my entire life. I did not win the lottery, I did not get married, I have not had a child, nor have I earned a huge promotion at work. But I did make some deliberate life changes to reach this milestone, and my efforts are continuous. Being happy, I have learned, takes work, but once you’ve made the big initial changes you need to make to get there, satisfaction comes more easily on a more regular basis.
One of the biggest transformations I have made is redefining what it means for me to be happy. It is not a trip to Napa Valley or a meal at a fancy restaurant, but it is the experience of enjoying a good glass of wine in the comforts of my home. It is not a personal trainer at a high-end gym, but it is a long hike in the woods not far from where I live. It’s about being thankful for what I have and being curious enough to learn what it takes to make my future better. It’s about finding experiences that don’t include a huge financial investment but that can bring back a large return in personal satisfaction. It’s about being comfortable enough with myself and less concerned about what others are doing and reducing my levels of stress by reducing the clutter and toxins in my life.
And that is what I am chronicling on this blog—the simple pleasures in life. The small but meaningful steps I am taking to care for my mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing, which are things that can result in other life improvements whether they are financial, mental or physical.
Life can be complicated. But if you break things down, you will realize it’s a lot simpler than society will make you believe. Thank you for joining me on this journey.