What Makes You Happy?

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I have been asking this question to people for a while. Now it is your turn!

Before reading any further, take a minute and ask yourself this question:

“What Makes Me Happy?”

You might have noticed that you have never asked yourself that. You might be so used to putting other’s needs in front of your own that you never take time for yourself. So please, take a minute and really think about the question.

Please do it now. It’s totally cool, I’ll wait.


Okay, welcome back. If you cannot think of something right now, that is okay. The interesting thing about this question is that you will keep thinking about it.

So, if you cannot think of something instantly, take some time and ponder on it for a day or two. But then, come back and let me know What Makes You Happy!

Be Selfish, Focus On Yourself

This question is personal to you. You would be surprised at what might be going through your own head.

A perfect example is asking someone close to you, ‘What do you think makes me happy?’

Another answer to this is, “I’m happy when my wife is happy.” Yes, that might be true, but you need to be selfish and really dig deeper to determine what makes YOU happy.

Stay away from thinking about what makes your dog happy, your boy or girlfriend happy, your neighbors happy, and so on. The question, again, is for YOU to answer and only you.

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Being Happy

Being happy could mean many and include many different things.

It could be reading an awesome blog (thanks for being here) while drinking amazing coffee. Or listening to some music while being in nature.

It’s amazing how many of the small and simple things in life make you happy.

One thing to remember, as it’s something I believe, being happy is a choice. It’s your choice if you want to be happy or miserable. You cannot change situations, but it’s your choice on how you react to them.

Life is short, and we should enjoy every single minute of it!

Interesting Facts

Now that this question is in your head, something interesting is about to happen. You will keep thinking about it, and more answers will jump into your head at random times.

I had a friend come up to me a few weeks after asking him this question. He stopped me and told me he wanted to add additional things to his list! Which, of course, was awesome to hear.

As I said, you will keep thinking about this question. And that is a good thing.

Another thing I have found fascinating is the four things that everyone has left out! I have been asking this question to people for over a year now, and the things NOBODY HAS MENTIONED:

  • Money
  • Their Job
  • Possessions
  • Their House
  • Their Car(s)

This has lead me to realize there is a HUGE difference between what we think is important and what truly makes us happy.

Now you may be wondering what the majority of people have mentioned.

  • Spending time with family
  • Being around friends
  • Enjoying the sunset
  • Drinking a cup of coffee (or a tasty beverage)
  • Simply enjoying the moment.

What if money was not involved?

I recently watched a YouTube video that relates to this question perfectly. As I mentioned above, nobody mentions the money!

I highly suggest you take the next three minutes and watch Alan Watt’s video below:

As we have been discussing this topic, you might change the question slightly. You might be thinking of the things that bring us joy. Again, that could mean many things. So what would you do if money was no object?

My Answer – What Makes Me Happy?

This is simple; it’s time with family and friends.

You might think that is a given. But, if you have read my blog, you know that I have had some very rough patches in my life, used to work a very demanding job, and went through a divorce.

One of the main reasons I started Wilde Escape was based on this question. It took longer than I want to admit, but it all came down to the two things I wasn’t getting. That was spending time with friends and not taking time in the outdoors.

This is also why I suggested taking some time to determine your answer at the beginning of this post. This became a HUGE eye-opener for me.

So what did I do? I started making family and friends a priority.

The other thing I made a priority was spending time outside.

For me, I feel most at peace being outside on a hike, camping, or just going for a bike ride.

Looking back over the last few years, I’m so thankful for having the ability to change things in my own situation. I think you can too!

Cheers

Now It’s Your Turn

At first, the question may seem very simple, but it can get pretty deep at a closer look. Maybe this will allow you to appreciate the small things or remember to take the time to enjoy the breeze outside and be present in the moment.

Take a minute to truly think about What Makes You Happy, and then leave me a comment below!

It’s been so much fun hearing what you all have to say. And it’s been fascinating that many of the answers to this question are the same!

Another thing to think about is why aren’t you doing the things that make you happy and bring you joy?
I think you should start doing them now!

Don’t forget to come back and let me know the answer to what makes you happy!


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12 thoughts on “What Makes You Happy?”

  1. I am impressed how being happy can affect so many other areas of our life. It’s can make us more productive, enables creativity and gives us a better life style. But a lot of people just haven’t had time to weigh things in the balance as you have. Being able to close our eyes and be grateful is what we should all seek for.

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    • I could not agree more, but my question for you is, What makes you happy? It would be great if you felt like sharing.

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  2. Thanks for your wonderful insights. Happiness is definitely an inside-out job and present moment experience. Divine selfishness means self-love which equates with a harmonious life full of gratitude and service. We benefit others automatically as a result of taking care of ourselves so we are able to be of service. Happiness is the journey and not the destination. All the best.

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    • I like what you said, “Happiness is the journey and not the destination.” That is so true. Thanks for the comment, but I am also interested in learning what makes you happy if you would like to share.

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  3. Great post and good question I have not thought about until now reading this article. For me at present health and strength first, then money would make me very happy, cause I have noticed when I don’t have money to do the simple necessities, I am very sad and unhappy.

    I notice this each time when I cannot pay my bills or even have leftover to treat myself in doing something special for me at least once per month, not even week.  

    This article gives me something to think about, and in the meantime to make my financial situation better so I can put some joy in my life.  

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    • Thanks for the comment, and let me know what your answer to the question is. I really like the health and strength one. I think that when you have both of those, including a strong worth ethic, the money will follow.

      As for treating yourself, heck yeah! That’s needed and is a good thing. Even if for only a few minutes, I have found taking time out can bring happiness.

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  4. Being with my husband and our beloved pet on a vacation at the beach and if we don’t get to the vacation we are blessed to live near the ocean so we take him for long beach walks. I’m at my happiest when I’m there with them:)

    Im sure I have a few more moments and they always include the rest of family and nature.

    Thank you for asking the question and making us ponder!

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    • That’s the best! I love being at the ocean, and it’s even better with a dog (I don’t have one, but I have adopted many over the years). Thanks for sharing!

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