In reading several other blogs that touched on the topic of happiness and how to achieve it, I thought I would provide one key element that I have learned from children looking at houses for sale.
Your typical set of parents in previewing houses are looking at the floorplan, the condition of the house, the kitchen, the closets, how big the master bedroom is, the backyard, the neighborhood, the asking price, is the cooktop gas or electric? Pretty important (boring) stuff, right? Not so for little kids.
They are checking out what kind of toys the other kids have, the color of the paint in what will be their new room, how big the new room is, the trampoline in the backyard, the park across the street with the swings and playset. This has reminded me of another element key to happiness.
Little children get it. Adults, being the mature selves that they are, and far removed from childhood, have dulled senses in this area. Being happy does not have to be this difficult. While I believe happiness is an inside job, and not defined by other people or external material "things", one way to create good feelings "inside" is, drum roll please,
TO HAVE FUN
Whether that be playing with your dog, playing with your children or others' children, play an individual or team sport, attending a sporting event, doing your hobby, volunteering, boating, taking a vacation, going to a comedy club, visiting faraway family, dining with a special friend, or how about just acting silly once in awhile?
You know you are having fun when you just feel terrific inside. If I had to give you a test if you have had fun today or this past week, ask yourself, what did you do to "play" this week? Not work but play. We all have plenty of the former.
Add more fun to your life, and watch the amount of your happiness skyrocket. Life was meant to have plenty of fun in it!!