What is true happiness? Have you found it?

Portrait of girl outdoorsBe 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?

happy-emojiWell dictionaries describe HAPPY with more emotions such as delighted, pleased, glad, pleasure, contentment and joy.

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.

Holiday Decorations Card

What makes you happy…truly happy?

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About Cynthia Lindsay RN

Hi everyone. My name is Cynthia Lindsay and I work as a public health nurse with the school years program. I've been a nurse for almost 20 years (wow time flies!) with the last 10 years focused on what I've discovered to be my passion... Parenting. I now have many parenting accreditations and enjoy connecting with parents in the community through Triple P, parenting groups & social media. "Je parle aussi le français" and I love working, making connections, and raising my teen son & pre-teen daughter with my hubby in Halton.
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2 Responses to What is true happiness? Have you found it?

  1. Shawna says:

    Great blog. I agree that happiness is definitely an inner state of mind or being, but can be evoked by outward experiences: a beautiful sunset, watching your kids play, having a good cup of coffee on your own. My happiness stems from being able to live in the moment more and not to sweat the small stuff – no easy task with my 11 and 7 year old boys, who think their invented game Pillow Fight Bros is a way to relax (maybe for them). In 2017, my hope to bring more happiness to my life is to remember to breathe, keep appreciating the beauty of things around me, be grateful for what I have and is given to me, and to tell others that I love them or appreciate them more.

  2. Wendy Ziemiak says:

    Much has been written about happiness and I enjoy reading about it. So thanks for posting and for the responses. What stands out for me is the, “Six Happiness Tools”, I once read about, by author Dan Baker, PhD., that contribute to Happiness. They include: Appreciation; Choice; Personal Power; Leading with your strengths; The power of language and stories; and Multidimensional living (relationships, health, purpose). Like Dan, I like to think about happiness as a way of living 🙂

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