Sunday, September 21, 2014

RE-POST from "Rhymes with Fabulous": Happiness is...

One of my life's goals is the pursuit of happiness, and I enjoy discovering and testing different theories on the subject... My dear friend, Caroline Schley, recently wrote a blog post on the topic and I though you would like to read it. This is a re-post from her blog, Rhymes with Fabulous.

Hi readers,

For what it's worth, I've had a challenging month. I packed my life up into some suitcases, moved to a new country where I don't speak the language, found a new apartment and started a new job. The changes have left my head spinning at the end of most days and given a new depth to those all-important 3 little words: emotional roller coaster.

I am generally a very happy person. This month has tested my ability to stay happy in the face of massive, decisive life changes. I have never been so uncertain about my direction, my ability to succeed and the general strength of my character as I have been while walking, tired and alone down (beautiful) foreign streets, single and trying to fit in with an entire new culture worth of people.

I've been reflecting a lot on my happiness. I realized, more than anything else, happiness is a choice.

Happiness is a choice. 

The all-powerful wizard of Oz (aka Arianna Huffington) absolutely nailed it with this article. The suggestions features editor Carolyn Gregoire gives are all wonderful. Take the time to read it! Or, read my budget interpretations below, in my newly created, hot off the presses fingertips... drum roll please.....


1.  Self-Reflection
I will not be afraid of self-reflection and I will always try to end reflection in a place of joy
2.  Laughter
I will laugh at least once a day, preferably at a time when I would rather scream or cry
3.  Presence 
I will live in the moment so I can enjoy time as it passes
4.  Relationships
I will cherish my family and my friendships
5.  Self-Respect
I will sleep well, exercise well, eat well and be thankful towards my beautiful body for all it can do 

What would you add?  Take away?  Comment below : )

I ventured to add:

6. Music
I will listen to music at least once a day.
7. Good Food
I will feed my body and mind healthy food that makes me feel good. 

What would YOU add??

Blissfully Yours,

Tatiana Ridley, CHHC, AADP