Happiness Happens Day: How to be Content Where You Are

Hello, friends! Hope your August has been happy so far, because August 8 was Happiness Happens Day! Founded in 1998 by the Secret Society of Happy People, the day was created to recognize and express happiness. They wanted to encourage people to pursue what makes them happy not just on that day, but every day. We’d like to do the same! Let’s talk about happiness.

 So, what is happiness? When I was growing up, my mom had a quote on the fridge that always comes to my mind when I think of happiness. It said, “Happiness is having something interesting to do, someone to love, and something to look forward to”. I think this is similar to what most people’s answer would be- doing things they like, having a job they enjoy, being around people they love. And while it may sound a little cliché, these are huge factors in determining someone’s happiness. I was curious as to what else plays a role, so I did a little research.

We found a few that we’d like to touch on today. Maybe if you’re feeling unhappy or stuck, maybe you can take a look at these influences and make some changes. Although everyone is different and things can affect people in diverse ways, there are some general ideas that we can evaluate and see how we’re doing.

A purpose is one of the biggest things I saw pop up when doing my research. Several sources say that humans need a purpose to be happy and thrive. What does that purpose look like? Well, it’s different for everyone. It could come in the form of taking care of a loved one or an animal, giving to others, doing a job that makes you feel fulfilled. Purpose is important because it helps us to feel satisfied in our actions. We can understand that we are here for a reason, and we are satisfying that desire to do something that matters- which is so important!

Relationships can make a significant difference in someone’s happiness as well. Marriage, family, and friendships all play a role. As humans, we need relationships to feel connected and have a support system. Someone who doesn’t have that often feels very lonely and are certainly not happy about that. The people around us make all the difference. Love, support, and happiness all can come from having meaningful relationships.

One crucial factor, according to Carl Jung, is health- both physical and mental. Physical health is important because it helps us to be confident and feel good about our bodies, which in turn contributes to self-esteem and happiness. Mental health is huge here as well. We could have all the things above and more, but if we are not content or self-assured it wouldn’t make a difference. Some people who struggle with this often find that counseling can be effective in allowing them to grow and be happier.

One central thing to note is the importance of self-care. Self-care is defined as any necessary human regulatory function which is under individual control, deliberate and self-initiated. Basically, it means doing things that help your body and mind. Getting proper rest, taking breaks from work to avoid burn out, exercising, and taking care of one’s mental health are just some examples. It can also be smaller things, like journaling and talking to friends or taking a bath after a long day. Be sure to do things you enjoy and that make you feel like yourself!

We love for people to be happy, so thanks for reading this article and celebrating happiness with us! We wish you all the happiness, purpose, relationships, and health you can possibly imagine!