Happiness Is Living Your Dreams — What is it you have always dreamed to do or achieve?

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Happiness is Living Your Dreams! What is it you have always wanted to do in life? Make a list. Some folks call it a BucketList. They even made a movie about it. By the way, here is the late Roger Ebert’s review of The Bucket List.

But, seriously make a list of life goals and take a look at them every 4 months or so, just to see how you are doing with your goals.

Here is an image of the Tesla Model S

What type of transportation do you always wish you had? Where would you go? How might you travel?

Where would you dream to live? How would you live? What type of home?

Will you travel? If so, then where? This is an image of a hotel in Aspen:

Do you have health and wellness goals? Would you lose weight? Do you want to gain body mass, and body strength? Are you slimming down dress sizes, or trying to fit into a suit you used to wear?

Goals need to have due dates attached to them, and quantifiable amounts, so that we can tell when we have reached the goal.

Give it some deep thought over time. Decide what you want, and how you can accomplish your personal, and professional goals.

What are some ah-ha moments for you, as you went through or are going through this process? Share them with us in the comments area of the blog. If you do, we may publish some of them on the blog, to stimulate more conversation. Cheers!

Sometimes Happiness Is Managing Sadness that you feel…

 

Sometimes Happiness is managing sadness that you feel from a loss in your life. Some people suffered the loss of a loved one. Others manage sadness from a marriage breakup. Often families are separated when that happens. One person mentioned that when families break up, all the friends get divided like cell mitosis, becoming his, the husband’s, friends, or her, the wife’s friends, from then on.

Some mourn the loss of a job, or maybe even a career. Business people sometimes are voted out of companies that they founded, or helped to build. (Think Steve Jobs, when he was voted out of Apple)

The older a worker gets, the more they know, the better they get. But also the slower they get, and the more they need to sit down after strenuous effort.

But Happiness is the opposite of Sadness, and mourning. Does it mean that you don’t feel sad frequently, when you think of the person, relationship, career, job, youth, that you may have lost? You may feel some kind of way about these losses. And, that is normal. But, remember the good times, more than the sad. Remember the Sunshine more than the Rain. Remember like the Frankie Beverly song: “Joy and Pain is like Sunshine and Rain”.

We are often told by health professionals to create a “Gratitude Journal”. Begin to write about what we are thankful for. Write about what we are happy about. Take care of yourself during these times. Be aware of how you are feeling and take control of your emotions. Life can get better. You will get through this. You are not alone.

Turn the page on this sad chapter of your life. Move on to a brighter future. There may be a change of attitude you need to make. New clothes that represent the new you, and your new life. Remember you can buy clothes at thrift stores that are name brand, and classicly styled. And, you look fabulous! New people, new job, new career,… Anything’s possible if you believe.

Happiness Is A Loving Family Life

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Have you ever seen a family that wants to be together, interacting, joking, laughing, teasing, arguing, hugging, making up, etc? Family can be a wonderful, encompassing bunch of fun sometimes. On the other hand, families can have a bunch of drama, turmoil, arguments, bad feelings, ill will, grudge fests, and the like.

It depends on the family that you are discussing. If you were lucky enough to find your soul mate, commit to your relationship, get married, and have a family, you are blessed. If you have had a little, and perhaps even a lot of money, wealth, and resources, you are double blessed. But even as the lyrics from a Luther Vandross tune says, ” I’d rather have bad times with you, than good times with someone else. I’d rather be beside you in a storm, than safe warm by myself… Hard times together than to have it easy apart. I’d rather have someone who holds my heart…”

Luther sang also about Dancing with his father again. Family can bring such happiness, when the love is there. And the love of a Father is precious, as well. Mother’s love is legendary.

Do you have a family? Is there love there? Do they love you, adore you? Do you feel accepted, included, depended upon? Responsible? Burdened, maybe? I suppose that there are two sides of the coin in familial relationship. Love and committment. Dependency and Responsibility. Security and Provision. I love my family. I count my blessings that I have their love, and that they love me.

I saw an excellent interview of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, on the Oprah Winfrey Show. I was so impressed with Will and Jada as a Hollywood Power couple. I liked to hear what they said about their family. Much respect to them both.

Edward Robinson

Can Money Make You Happier? It’s a safe bet…

 

When it comes to Happiness, it is a safe bet that access to money or resources plays a role. Things that money will buy can make you feel better. Like in the above music video by Travie McCoy featuring Bruno Mars: many of us want to a billionaire, so… bad.

Buying things that make you feel successful are the pursuit of happiness for some people. Having the things that bring joy to you and your family are meaningful. Having cars, clothes, houses, and items of prestige help many to define their lives. But, I found an interesting article that shows how saving can lead towards happiness.

Saving for a goal although it may forego immediate gratification, can make one feel happy. Knowing that you are working towards a goal, that is part of a greater plan for your life, may make you feel happy about what struggles you may go through in the short term.

Saving money and investing in real estate, stocks, or education, have been historical paths to wealth and prosperity. Wealth has proven to make some people happier, though we don’t want to believe it’s true. This episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, entitled “The Cars of Tomorrow” has rare cars and real estate that might make one dream of what they would do with added riches.

Should you feel bad that someone is wealthy and you may not be? Heck no! Find a way to make the best life for yourself, now, today, and into your future. What you have, may not seem to be a lot, but it may be a lot to someone else.  If you are wealthy today, why not consider helping others less fortunate than yourself. For example, donating money to create a scholarship at your alma mater, or another school that does something for others that you think is meaningful.

Donating gently worn or “vintage” clothing to thrift stores will help those less fortunate than yourself. Sometimes you may even find something that you will like, too.

Giving to institutions that are well known to help others is fine, but how can you make a difference with limited funds? If your library or makerspace has been particularly gracious to you, why not donate funds to advance their progress. I remember the story of an individual who said he benefitted greatly from the public library system, He then donated liberally to it after he became wealthy. Timothy Sykes, wrote, “Ten Ways to Be a Stock Market Millionaire”, that has ideas to get started in investing.

What would you do with great wealth? Who would you help? What would you change? How would you make value? What worth would it bring? Would it make you happier? Write about it in the comments section. I will include some comments with this article. It is safe to say that Jay Leno, former host of the Tonight Show, is excited about vehicles. Here is an interesting video of Jay Leno’s Garage that shows what one person can do with great wealth.

How would great wealth influence your life, write about it in the comments.

 

Happiness is for you…

Happiness means different things to different people. The Happiness Place is a place to explore things that make you feel better than before. Happiness often is the opposite of sadness. Wealth rather than poverty. Health rather than sickness. Wellness rather than malaise. “Joy rather than pain. Sunshine rather than rain”, as in the song made popular by the musical group Frankie Beverly and Maze.

What makes one happy? Technology promises to make our lives better. With advances in voice control, security systems, better computing, tablets, smart tvs, tablets, virtual reality, drones, cars, trucks, real estate, trips, vacations, etc. Do we feel happier with new and better technology? Absolutely! Improve your technology, and improve your happiness. This is true for most people. Time saving devices make your life easier, and reduce stressful situations from day to day.

Sometimes happiness is derived from something you do. An interesting article from WebMD.com highlights things we all can do to be happier in our lives.

Sometimes happiness is a pursuit. Like chasing a dream, or accomplishing a lifetime goal, happiness can be found here. Actor Will Smith’s movie, “The Pursuit of Happyness” offers a glimpse into this type of Happyness.

Sometimes happiness is found in a place. A place that makes you feel happy, appreciated, and accepted. Maybe a place far away from the stressers that haunt you. Maybe it’s time to plan a trip. I’m just sayin’.

The Happiness Place.com is a place to find and keep the happy flowing. Come back again and again. Welcome to the Happy!