Happiness: food for thought
Who doesn’t want to be happy? Our inalienable right to be happy is a founding principle of our country; we value happiness. However, much interferes with our happiness: demands, misinformation about what makes us happy, daily stressors, our own choices, being pulled away from attunement to ourselves and what genuinely makes us happy; we’re constantly bombarded with messages and directions on how to be—from friends, family, professionals, the media, our work environments. Do we even know what happiness is anymore? Or do we just confuse it with the temporary and shallow highs reinforced by our culture? Do you know what actually makes you feel genuinely happy? Or have you gotten lost in the daily demands and “shoulds” of your life? Maybe you know what makes you genuinely happy, but there’s not a priority placed on being happy; other things come first or get in the way. Being happy is easier for some people than others, but *anyone* can be happy--and, yes, research supports this claim! It just takes knowing what contributes happiness, being aware and attuned to yourself, prioritizing, and a commitment. If you want to, you can do that!
Stay tuned for more posts related to happiness, and check out the current Paragon Group Life Coaching sessions, Being Happier.
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Ashley Belsinger, M.S.