Happiness is a bit like searching for a key. The skill is in selecting the correct key and unlocking it.
So, What would it feel like?
Could you imagine yourself being really happy?
Is there a way of finding happiness and achieving it throughout life?
There seems to be immense pressure on us to be happy. Particularly coming up to Christmas. It’s perceived that unless we can find happiness, perhaps we are not achieving all our goals in life.
It’s ingrained in us from a early age.
As a small child, I remember singing the song,
‘I am H-A-P-P-Y, I am H-A-P-P-Y,
I know I am, I’m sure I am,
I am H-A-P-P-Y’
and then thinking to myself,
‘I’m really tired, cold and it’s too early in the morning for singing; this is stupid! …There’s nothing to feel happy about at this moment in time.’
Being happy is an important factor to take on board with a invisible illness like fibromyalgia. Living with pain and illness is exhausting and difficult.
If we can find a way to seek out happiness every day; it could make a difference to our lives.
So what is happiness anyway?
It’s different for everyone but it’s not the unobtainable, some perceive.
Maybe for us with long term health conditions it’s not something we can feel every moment but we should be able to find some moments that can be happy in a small way.
How do we find it?
By focusing on the senses sight, sound, smell, feel.
These are some of mine:
Looking at nature; seeing Autumn leaves on trees changing day by day into more beautiful, rich colours.
Listening to the sound of birds singing in the morning, or the sound of rain drops falling gently onto a window ledge.
Holding a freshly baked roll in your hand and feeling it’s warmth and smell.
Opening up a jar of coffee and letting the aroma fill the room.
Walking in the snow and catching a snowflake on your face.
Sitting by a log fire and feeling it’s warmth surround you.
None of these are difficult or complicated to experience and can bring a sense of happiness to a monotonous day.
However you choose to look for happiness; I hope your able to achieve happiness, even if it’s only in just a small way with some of my suggestions.