Happiness

Hello, HHW Purse Readers!

HHW Purse owner here. I have been a little busy. Settling in a new country and getting finances in order takes time. In the next post I will share with you how I do budgeting. Today I’d like to talk about happiness since I own a very Happy, Healthy and Wealthy Purse. Being happy, positive and content, no matter where we are in life, certainly helps in achieving our goals! Please read on!

I have always been searching for answers to questions: What is happiness? Is it possible to live a happy life? If yes, how to achieve it? We can find answers everywhere: in books, TED videos, when talking to people, going to workshops and resources are endless. Here is what I have learnt recently.

The PERMA Model

Martin Seligman developed a well-being theory. The foundation of the theory is the PERMA model. He talks about such components of well-being as:

  • positive emotions;
  • engagement;
  • positive relationships;
  • meaning and
  • achievement.

If we have all of this in life then, according to the theory, we will thrive and be happy!

Pathways to Happiness

In June this year, I attended a public seminar on happiness by Shane Martin. His areas of research are empowerment, recovery and happiness. During the seminar he shared the following qualities which may bring us happiness:

  • being here;
  • being grateful;
  • have fun;
  • have an open mind;
  • have an open heart and
  • become and stay social.

7 Life Lessons from a Dog Called Peanut

I need to explain where this came from. I have recently become a pet-parent and got a puppy. HHW Purse is very jealous at the moment. The puppy got too friendly and nearly tipped my trusty little friend apart during his playtime. The doggy brings a lot of love and sunshine into my life. Having said that, he likes to test my boundaries. When I looked up dog training methods on the Internet, Doggy Dan came up. This guy practices a positive approach to dog training. It resonates with me deeply. I truly believe in patience, positivity and practice. So, these 7 lessons were in one of his newsletters. He wrote this after his beloved dog Peanut passed away.

  • Choose carefully who you hang around with.
  • Better to be happy than right.
  • Practice unconditional love.
  • If you are calm, it will make calm those around you.
  • Master the art of patience.
  • Silence is golden.
  • Be here now and experience love.

Happy Doggy

Is It Easy To Be Happy?

I find happiness a bit tricky. On the one hand, it is considered to be an inside job, it is our personal choice, on the other hand, we need other people to be happy and experience happiness. A number of longitude studies showed that positive and meaningful relationships contribute to a happy life, life well-lived. What is interesting, one of the studies actually talked about friends who can lend you money (it may be a real test of friendship, perhaps) and an ability to establish rapport with strangers: when you talk to somebody on the daily commute to work or in a queue. It is not just about family, friends and co-workers. Even clean air, good food, amount and regularity of exercise – they turn out to be not as important as social interaction, having said that I believe in looking after yourself since young.

If we believe that we need other human beings to experience a state of happiness, then in order to be happy we need to put an effort into it.

How To Achieve Happiness?

This may be an easy or a hard question to answer. Simple things in life definitely float my boat: spending time in nature and being surronded by positive and like-minded people helps to navigate through obstacles in life.

My wildflowers

A simple gratitude exercise may be what you need to feel that tiny bit happier! There are many ways to express gratitude. You may use a gratitude journal, an application on your phone, or simply spend a few minutes on counting your blessings when you are in bed. Go beyond the obvious: health, family, friends.

You can go deeper and do “Three Blessings” exercise. In this exercise, you need to reflect on what went well and why.

Morning or evening meditation may give us a feeling of bliss as well.

Is Happiness Enough For You?

Happiness doesn’t last long. Do we need something else which will drive us forward, something which will last longer and give our life more meaning?

When I think about happy life the following words come to my mind:

  • meaningful;
  • with a purpose;
  • balanced and
  • simple.

Happiness doesn’t last long. Do we need something else which will drive us forward, something which will last longer and give our life more meaning?

Personally, I express my emotions inside, quietly. So, if and when I am happy it goes unnoticed for those around me. I don’t jump up and down with joy, but I feel a wide range of emotions. I appreciate silence, calm, balance, meaning and simplicity in life. I need to be driven, have a purpose, my life needs to have a clear direction.

Also, I am a firm believer in that we ourselves make life complicated. I feel great when I am contented, my environment (physical and digital) is not cluttered, then I can live in the moment and really focus.

Still, happiness or contentment (put your equivalent here) is a choice. Make the right one!

Let’s be positive and make ourselves available for financial success!

 

 

 

 

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