Know what makes you happy. A lot of us wander through our days, randomly and vaguely trying to find happiness, meaning, motivation, and inspiration. Big concepts that are actually rooted in the little things.
Happiness can be the scent of fresh coffee or sage mint tea, the feeling of savasana after yoga practice, a new book or a good run. Happiness hides in plain sight in the little things, the ordinary moments that make up a day. Things like fresh flowers, cold-pressed juice, swimming in the ocean, campfires, loose-leaf tea, summer sunsets, good books, saltwater in my hair, the scent of coffee and dirt.
So write a list of what makes you really and truly happy. A list of things that put a smile on your face and a glow in your heart.
When you’re feeling uninspired, despondent, sad, or empty, it may be because of a larger issue. But the first and most important thing you need to do to get yourself out of that space is to reconnect with what makes you happy. That may be as seemingly superficial as buying yourself flowers, eating good chocolate, or sweating a bit. But flowers, chocolate, and sweat can run deep.
Then write a list of all the things you do everyday. The habits, the routines, the unconscious actions, the have-tos and musts. How do the two lists compare?
We’ve each got about 28, 000 days on this planet. That’s 672, 000 hours. That’s a frighteningly small amount of time. Why ignore your happiness list? Try and live one day doing everything on your list. Happiness isn’t an abstract concept. It’s in the little ordinary things. The potential for it is in every moment of every day.