I like to think of happiness like wanting to be skinny or let’s be real, and maybe just 5-10 pounds lighter.
It’s a journey and a process and takes work and mindfulness and dedication. Kind of like belonging to Weight Watchers. Wouldn’t it be cool if we could measure our happiness and we learned best practices to help us increase our happiness quota? What if we could join a group and share stories and have measurable goals to increase our happiness?
The cool thing about Weight Watchers is that it is a mind set, a way of thinking about what we eat and why we eat and developing life skills and portion control to enjoy all that is good and to attain healthy weight goals.
What if we could do that with happiness? What if we could set goals and measure and be ok with where we are on our personal journeys? Wouldn’t that be cool? I’d sign up!! I’d love to join a group that was talking about our happiness goals and sharing our stories and what worked for us and learning from each other, but maybe that would be weird? Just a thought.
What I’ve learned from participating in Weight Watchers, is that we get to choose our goals. We get to choose when we decide to follow the plan and when we decide to cheat and the good news is we can always start again. I also like doing WW with friends and having a leader that guides me and gives out stars for success and measures me each week. What if we could do that with happiness? Hmm…
I like to think that it’s ok for us to not always be happy. We might be chugging along and doing ok and happy with who we are and what we’re doing, and then some days we’re not. That’s ok and doesn’t mean we have to give up. I think we just have to give ourselves permission to start again and to do the things we know that create happiness for us. Just like with weight loss. Some days are good and some days we binge and then we get to begin again.
Every day is a new day to start over. And just because we got mad or are unhappy doesn’t mean we have to stay in that state of mind. We can begin again just as soon as we are ready. I love that. I think we just sometimes need a reminder to let go of the negative and to embrace the positive and do the work that helps create happiness for us. And as we practice, we become successful and happy again.
Believe me, I am not always happy… just ask my kids or my husband! But I always strive for happiness and finding ways to increase the general happiness of my family and to start over to create joy whenever and as often as possible. I’m still learning and make PLENTY of mistakes.
Luckily it’s never too late to be happy and I choose happiness. How about you?
“Surround yourself with people who make you happy. People who make you laugh, who help you when you’re in need. People who genuinely care. They are the ones worth keeping in your life. Everyone else is just passing through. ” Karl Marx (thanks LB)
Be happy, BeLovers! It’s better than the alternative. xo