Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Be Happy

This life is taking a turn, my friends. Hopefully, a dramatic one. Last night I watched the documentary Happy. The production team travels "from the swamps of Louisiana to the slums of Kolkata in search of what really makes people happy. Combining real life stories of people from around the world and powerful interviews with the leading scientists in happiness research, HAPPY explores the secrets behind our most values emotion."

I realized there's a lot I haven't been doing. I've been selfish and ungrateful. I've been more concerned with myself than with others. I've been afraid of a lot of things. While I was watching the movie, I made a list of categories that the movie discusses, and what I can do in each category to bring happiness into my life.

I want to share my list with you, and I hope you feel inspired to make some changes and additions to your life and to the lives of those around you.

Walk every day. Raise my heartbeat. Break a sweat. Take a yoga class. Eat more vegetables. Take vitamins.

Get a job that fulfills me. Spend my time wisely. Exercise my skills. Make money (it really is a part of happiness).

Learn. Finish my last two classes. Take a photography class. Take a graphic design class. Learn new skills. Teach people. Maybe take a dance class.

Spend more creative time. Do art. Do more journaling. Dedicate a certain amount of time to creative writing. Join a choir. Expose myself to music, art, and other cultural things. Surround myself with people I love. Invite people into my home on a regular basis. Do service daily and intentionally. Use cleaner language.

Be more prayerful. Read scriptures daily. Repent more. Be more involved with church. Make church a spiritual event rather than social.

Spend regular time with family. Get pregnant. Prepare for motherhood. Strengthen relationships with siblings and parents.

Keep a clean and beautiful home. Decorate. Organize. Make my home a place where the Spirit resides. Reduce sources of stress or contention from the home.


  1. Hi there, Tess! I'm a new follower of your blog and have been really enjoying your posts.
    Thank you for reminding us of such a simple yet essential goal in our lives, to 'be happy'.
    I'm making my own list as well!

  2. Such a great list! I see some goals that are similar to my own on there.


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