Bring Your Own Happiness

I have been thinking a lot about happiness here lately. Have you ever thought about what makes you happy? I think this is something that we discover as children but as we become adults, sometimes we lose touch of what makes us happy or we look to others to make us happy.

There are so many things that go in this world. And, if we do not learn how to fill our own happiness meter, we can be easily depleted.

People say that happiness means that something has to happen in order for you to experience it. But according to Merriam-Webster, happiness is defined as “a state of well-being and contentment : joy.” So, according to Merriam-Webster, Happiness and Joy might actually be related to each other. The key word here is “a state of well-being.” So, it is not something that is situational it is consistent.

So, what makes you happy? Could it be living by your core values? Knowing that your work is positively contributing to the lives of others? Completing goals that you have set out to accomplish?

When it comes to happiness, we can look for it in others or we can learn how to create our own happiness meter or bring our own happiness to any situation.

One way to “bring your own happiness” is to have positive affirmations.

Two ways to practice positive affirmations:

Let’s say you make a mistake and you are tempted to be down on yourself. Instead of putting yourself down, you can remind yourself “Mistakes do not mean that I am a failure.”

Or, let’s say that something happens during your day unexpectedly. Instead of saying, “I’m having a horrible day”, you can remind yourself, “This moment is difficult right now but this one event does not have to determine the quality of my day.”

Another way to affirm yourself is to write your name out on a sheet of paper. Next, use each letter to identify a word that describes you:

  • L-Loving
  • A-Assured
  • T-Trusthworthy
  • A-Awesome
  • S-Self-Sufficient
  • H-Hard-working
  • A-Animated

Another way to do this name affirmation is to identify a verse that goes with each word. It’s great when we know positive things about ourselves but it’s powerful when we can use the word of God to remind ourselves of what God has to say about who we are.

Bring your own happiness! Happiness is an inside job.

Did either of these activities help you?

If you found this to be helpful, please let me know in the comment section. Feel free to share this with anyone who might benefit from this!

“Bring Your Own Happiness” first appeared on on July 2, 2021 @

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