Per­sonal hap­pi­ness

Paula Style - - Wellbeing -

Lack of hap­pi­ness is of­ten de­scribed as a lack of time to your­self, a lack of money or a sur­plus of stress. But more time, more money and less stress won’t nec­es­sar­ily make you happy and ful­filled. Uni­ver­sal think­ing points to cre­ative achieve­ment as the key in­gre­di­ent in hap­pi­ness. Thought + ap­pli­ca­tion = ful­fil­ment. Mak­ing a dif­fer­ence makes you happy, be­cause it stim­u­lates your brain and con­firms your self worth. You’re clever, you’re smart, you’re pro­duc­tive, and you’re not a waste of space on the planet. If you’re feel­ing less than chuffed with life, it’s prob­a­bly time to in­ject some cre­ativ­ity and at­tain­ment into your rou­tine. A surg­ing sense of ful­fil­ment will shortly fol­low. It’s in the process of at­tain­ment that we thrive – there are al­ways new moun­tains to climb, new stones to heave, and they’re never the same. Turn­ing out the same meal day af­ter day isn’t likely to make you happy. Sign­ing up for a cook­ing class and cre­at­ing amaz­ing meals you’ve never made be­fore will. Work can make you happy if it’s cre­ative – plan­ning a pro­ject, teach­ing a class, con­struct­ing a road and per­form­ing a sym­phony are all forms of cre­ative en­deav­our. If there’s no cre­ativ­ity in your work; see if you can make some. Play­time cre­ativ­ity helps to make life in­ter­est­ing, ex­cit­ing and en­er­gis­ing. Ren­o­vate the gar­den, knit a sweater, learn to dance or take up a new sport. Add chal­lenge and change to the reg­u­lar pat­tern of life – just enough to light the spark be­hind your eyes. You can cre­ate things or cre­ate a new skill, cre­ate an amaz­ing event or cre­ate plea­sure for some­one else. The key to hap­pi­ness is to live au­da­ciously. Go boldly where you haven’t been be­fore. Open up to life – don’t sup­press it or run away from it. Give vent to your cre­ative urges, and al­low your imag­i­na­tion more ex­er­cise than it’s used to.

Hap­pi­ness is a state brought about by a myr­iad of dif­fer­ent short and long term ac­tiv­i­ties – bring­ing up chil­dren, grow­ing roses, com­plet­ing a de­gree, de­sign­ing a dress, bak­ing a cake or putting to­gether a drop-dead-bril­liant busi­ness plan. What presses your hap­pi­ness but­ton de­pends on know­ing who you re­ally are.

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