Finding happiness is one life’s noblest goals and the main focus of this blog. Lifevesting, the act of investing in yourself, embraces activities that bring you happiness and self-satisfaction. But times are tough: people have fewer and fewer chances to invest in themselves as the world becomes more complicated and convoluted. We’re seeing more riots, more natural disasters and more confrontations every year and the debts continue to rise and our incomes continue to stagnate. The Extinction Protocol just wrote a fantastic article detailing what we can expect from 2012: “2012: Why The Year Could Be One of the Worst in the Planet’s History”.
People across the globe are fighting against all odds in a desperate attempt to find happiness. But many of us are lost with where to even start searching…
As I’m sure you’ve noticed, I make lists obsessively. I have a Bucket List, a To-Do List, a Wish List, a Christmas List… the list of lists goes on. So I decided to catalogue activities, etc that bring me happiness and compile it into a Happiness List. Writing a list of what brings you happiness can give you a sense of well-being and accomplishment, even going into apocalyptic 2012.
How to Write A List of What Makes You Happy
1. Don’t be afraid to put something on the list – at first I tried to write my list without having any material things on the list since I began with the preconception that material goods cannot affect my true happiness. I was upset with myself for putting products on the list but what makes you happy, makes you happy and there-in lies the true value of an object. So add anything that makes you happy, no matter how embarrassing. Embrace the fact that you enjoy shooting whipped cream into your mouth straight from the can (even if a certain boyfriend cringes every time).
2. Diversify. Add actions, events, things, people, weather patterns, food and anything else you can think of. And keep adding – continue to build your list as time goes on.
3. Take your time. This is such a fun project and so beneficial for yourself so don’t speed through it – really enjoy documenting what brings you happiness.
4. Be grateful. This is the season of thanks so be grateful that you’ve had so many wonderful things to fill you with happiness over the years. Everyone has something that makes them happy and no matter what it is, we all can be grateful we have it.
5. If you’re stuck for inspiration, listen to “My Favorite Things”. This cheesy song (my favorite from the musical Sound of Music) has plenty of great ideas for things that bring happiness. “Rain drops on roses and whiskers on kittens…”
Ashley’s Happiness List
- Learning a new recipe
- Earl Grey Tea
- Rain Storms
- Candied Nuts
- Daylight Savings Time
- Taking photos
- Spending time with my family
- Getting my hair done (and head massages)
- Hot yoga
- Anything that smells like hyacinth, pine trees or chocolate
- Making Lists
- Shooting whipped cream into my mouth straight from the can
- Not procrastinating
- Muddy squirrels (so cute!)
- Finishing a long book
- Train Rides
- The number 23
- My Dad’s stuffed animal zebra from the 50s
- Anything written by Robert Heinlein, A.S. Byatt or Dr. Seuss
- Brunch (I love brunch food!)
- Dressing up
What’s on your list? If you’re interested in starting a bucket list, be sure to check out my post here.
P.s. Studies have shown that smiling more leads to happiness. A great way to start smiling? Do a Google Image search for “funny pug”:
Supplemental Reading: Take a look at this great article, “10 Reasons to Keep Smiling”.