Yesterday I had a booth at a local artist’s market. It was the first time I’ve ever tried to sell my artwork, and by midday I was actually pretty disappointed.
I had spent dozens and dozens of hours over the last month making product to sell, and then hauled everything out to the market before 7:00 am on a cold Saturday morning to get set up. I was really putting myself out there, showing the world a piece of me that very few people had ever seen before. And it seemed like no one cared.
About a week ago, while visiting my parents for Thanksgiving, I had a bad fall. I slipped walking down a flight of brick stairs, and ended up landing right on my shin. While I was lying there crying in agony, my dad ran over and tried to soothe me.
Ahh, traveling. The iconic “dream life” that so many people aspire to. Personally, I’m a huge fan of cultural immersive traveling – not only does it provide an opportunity for personal growth, but it can also have some surprising health benefits.
Over the years, I’ve had many people ask me how I travel as much as I do. They are intrigued by the mystery, and also perhaps just a bit jealous.
It’s easy to be happy for other people’s perceived successes if you feel that you are also successful. But it’s different if you are stuck in a dead-end job, struggling to make ends meet, stressed out, fighting to keep your marriage alive, or having a hard time controlling your wildly unruly kids. It’s much harder to be happy for someone else’s successes if you feel like you are failing in some aspect of your life.
Thanksgiving day was yesterday, and consequently I’ve been thinking a lot about the subject of thankfulness. Thankfulness is something that almost everyone would agree is important, and yet at the same time almost everyone neglects to actually establish the habit of giving thanks. Why is that?
We’ve all been there. Wishing away our current circumstances in favor of the next stage of life. Getting jealous of our friends’ successes because they outshine our own. Telling ourselves that “if only…” then we’d truly be happy.
However, as I wrote about in more detail here, true happiness is a choice, not a situation. So how can you become a happier, more content person if you’re not feeling the love right now? Here are 3 fairly simple things you can do to boost your morale and increase your happiness.