Be happy. It sounds so simple, but is it really that easy? When you ask parents what they want for their kids when they grow up, many will often include the word “happy” in their descriptors. “I’d like to see my kids… healthy, happy, productive…” Whatever words you choose, often the emotion of happiness enters into play.
I notice it even more around the holidays when parents are running around trying to make their kids happy by finding that perfect gift. But what is happiness anyway?
Even though you can find a dictionary definition for happy, this emotion is so hard to figure out. After all, it’s a feeling and is so different for everyone!
So what makes you happy? What is your path to happiness?
As a parent, I find that I am often happy when my kids are happy. However, the longer I’m on this parenting journey, the more I realize how important it is to find happiness for me that is not related to anyone else, not even my kids.
So as I reflect on my resolution from last January on how to be kind to myself, I realize I’m much more content and happy this year by simply finding some ME time. I’m pretty happy (no pun intended – lol) that I’ve found a way to focus, even just a little, on what my needs are. Yay, I am no longer a martyr! You all know what I’m talking about!
I look forward to what 2017 will bring and I wish you all the happiness in the world.
What makes you happy…truly happy?
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