Sometimes we get to these areas in life where we are just trying to figure out how to find the simple happiness we so desire. It's not always easy, but I have found a few ways that have worked throughout the years, and I hope you can find your own versions of these as well.
1. Finding your niche.
I think this is one that has really helped me in the long run. Some of us it's reading our favorite book. Some it's getting tattoos. Some it's working out, no matter what it may be find it and use it. Mine happens to be many different things. I love settling in with a good book, a good cup of coffee, and being out in creation. I love playing around with makeup and making myself feel pretty. I love going to walks and just enjoying some fresh air and me time. Whatever your niche is, find it and use it to your advantage.
2. Take some time to work for yourself.
This one can mean anything to anyone. To me it's making sure that I'm taking the time to work out and spend time with God. To someone else it might be retail therapy, or it might be working on cars, or knitting, etc. I think it's so important to be a little selfish sometimes and carve out time in our day to really get to know ourselves. It's so important to get to know yourself, and getting to know yourself requires you to spend time with yourself so you can.
3. Reminisce on some of your favorite things.
I think this is one that makes me the happiest. It makes me so happy thinking of things that I did as a child, or growing up with all of my siblings. It's so special to think back to some of the best memories of my childhood and remember the feelings that go with them. When I can go on bike rides, those are always so special thinking about learning to ride a bike without training wheels. When I'm watching Disney movies, I remember cuddling up on the couch with my family and enjoying that time together. When I even have Bible studies, I remember having a study almost every night before bed and enjoying that fellowship with my mom. It always made me so happy. Remember those good memories and bring them back every once in a while.
4. Take a break and just sit.
I don't know about you, but I find the times that I am the happiest, are when my day is over and I come home and just sit, I'm someone who loves music, and needs something playing in the background at all times. During this time is when I can do my own sort of meditating, turn on some music and just sit. Think about the good that happened that day, or that week if it's a Friday night, and just finally get a moment to myself. This is what makes me happiest, realizing that your day isn't all bad, there were many different good moments. You just have to be willing to sit down and pick through them.
5. Seek the good, don't just dwell on the bad.
I feel this one goes with the last one a little bit, but I truly believe it's the most important out of all of these. When we dwell on the bad, or someone who wronged us, we are taking that negative energy and capturing it. I think it's so important for us to learn to let go and live in life. I have had my own fair share of people who have wronged me or bad situations, but I also have to remember the bad that I have done to someone else as well. We aren't perfect, and when we realize that and learn to forgive, we will truly find the happiest parts of life.
I know I'm not an inspirational person, but I truly have been failing to acknowledge this myself lately. I've let the bad from work bring me down, and it's not fair to myself or to the people around me to be a negative Nancy all the time. I encourage all of you to find what makes you happy and use that when you are feeling down. Listen to your favorite artist, paint a picture, go for a walk, forgive and let go of that grudge, do whatever is going to make you a happier, better person in the long run.