Monday, January 25, 2010
How Do You Find Happiness?
Here are some photos for today. It was snowing this morning, and the flakes were huge. They were like snowballs or snow-blankets--more precisely, as my husband described: wet snow, stuck together in clumps.
Totally off the subject of snow, (Or not), I've really been contemplating the idea of happiness lately because of a book I'm expecting in the mail called, The Happiness Project, which I saw on Joanne's blog, Whole Latte Life.
Here's a description from the website--The Happiness Project:
Gretchen Rubin is a best-selling writer whose new book, The Happiness Project, is an account of the year she spent test-driving studies and theories about how to be happier.
The reason it sounded good to me is because, after reading her interview, I was struck by her theory that you have to pursue happiness--it doesn't just come to you. Like everyone, I could be happier--so I'm interested in what she found out. I also want to teach it to my kids.
I'm a melancholy personality--which, according to Wikipedia is defined as such: A person who is a thoughtful ponderer has a melancholic disposition. Often very kind and considerate, melancholics can be highly creative – as in poetry and art - and can become occupied with the tragedy and cruelty in the world. A melancholic is also often a perfectionist. They are often self-reliant and independent." I think that basically describes me, but I'm not a perfectionist, and I'm not always as considerate as I should be either.
As I wait for the book, which may be in the mailbox now, but I haven't checked yet--I'm trying to pick my own brain for what I know of happiness already. Have no doubt, I LOVE the kind of happiness that just happens to me without my having to do anything. However, if I'm really honest with myself, I think true happiness can only come from serving a cause greater than yourself.
So, I'm wondering--what causes do you all find near and dear to your hearts? Where do you find the most happiness? Are there any areas of need that you'd like to bring to our attention in the comments? If you have a moment, please share your thoughts!