Happiness is an outlook not an outcome.
Any of these sound familiar?
I’ll be happy when I’m lost 10kgs
I’ll be happy when I move house
I’ll be happy when I get a new job
I’ll be happy when I get a boyfriend
I’ll be happy when I have a baby
I’ll be happy when its weekend.
All of these are outcomes. We tend to put our lives on hold until then, but what if we never get the outcome? A lifetime of unhappiness? What if you get your goal and it actually doesn’t bring you that happiness?
We have to find happiness in the process. We have to find happiness in the small things.
Let’s take losing weight as an example. We all see it a such a slog. It doesn’t have to be.
The process of getting there can be really fun. The small goals you tick along the way, the things you learn about your body, the changes you see, the changes you feel. If you enjoy the process then you’ll be so much happier.
We also need to appreciate the smalls joys we have through the day and find happiness in the things we can take for granted.
Examples for me are
My morning coffee
How my dog greets me in the morning
A morning hug or kiss from my husband and daughter
The sun shining
All the food
This is just to name a few. Such small things but things that bring my genuine happiness every day.
Try to think of 4 things for your day ahead that bring you actually joy or make you smile.
Enjoy the process!!