Searching for Happiness – Goals

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Welcome to my new series… Searching for happiness.

Everyone I speak to, everywhere I look, there seems to be a worldly fascination with the elusive word happiness.

What is it? Where is it? It sounds too wonderful and perfectly complete to ever really be obtained. I want some, you want some. It seems that everyone out there is searching high and low for this 9 letter word.

I am among the happiness hunters of the modern age. I’m among the young, inspired, wide-eyed optimistically driven hopeful generation that is destined to finally find what eluded our parents and their parents.

I have been on my own journey for the past few years. Ever since I was old enough or mature enough to understand what happiness meant to me, I have been looking for it.

Looking for, what happiness means to me….

Because of our shared fascination with happiness I have decided to create this new series. Searching for Happiness. Today I am searching for happiness in goals.

A clue to the whereabouts of this secretive hero is linked closely with goals. The relationship between the two did not make sense to me until more recently. They are equal, and a key piece of the happiness puzzle is within our goals.

1. Gain confidence

Confidence is happiness. When you have dreams to achieve big or small, short or long term and you stick to and complete those goals you will slowly gain more confidence in your abilities. Whether it’s in school, in your job, saving money. Breaking down your goals into smaller achievable milestones and completing this one by one will give you so much satisfaction in your life and confidence in yourself.

Confidence is happiness because confidence helps battle against negative emotions. Anxiety, self-doubt, and insecurity. All emotions that eat away at your happiness. By having goals you can gain the confidence to help combat those nasty thoughts and insecurities, leaving more room for happiness.

2. Motivation to move forward

I always like to have a few goals set. Long term and short term. At the beginning of each year, I sit down and write a list of everything I accomplished big and small, planned and unplanned from the year past. Then I set goals for the year ahead. Small, achievable and mostly private. From getting healthier too, be kinder. Establishing these goals is a way to set the intent to yourself.

One of the most fulfilling goals I set for myself this year was to read 30 books. Goals like that have motivated me to read and also tie in other more personal goals by reading about self-love, Buddhism, and happiness. It has been extremely fulfilling making something I enjoy a plan. It brings me happiness and motivates me to complete my goal and in turn motivates me to be happy. Motivation is happiness.

3. Allows you to dream

What are goals if they are not dreams? Perhaps some of those goals are having a family, travel, owning a home, even reading the Harry Potter series. A dream is a dream. No matter the size or the amount of imagination put into it, dreams cause happiness. Ambition helps us dream, giving us hope for the future, hope for future happiness, and happiness in the present moment for entertaining our dreams. Dreaming is happiness.

4. Helps you Grow

Closely linked to gaining confidence. Growth comes from accomplishment and change. Having targets help you grow, and growth helps in happiness because it is through our own personal growth that we are able to truly appreciate the happiness in our lives.

Hard work and growth allows you to look around and feel happiness. So many people have so much to be happy for and they don’t even notice because without ambition and growth they are not able to properly appreciate and be happy. When things are given to us by no intent of our own sometimes it’s hard to appreciate our happiness. Appreciation comes from personal growth and appreciation is happiness.

5. Happiness in the future

On the journey of accomplishing your goals, you may be directed towards goals. More goals that bring out the potential happiness for the future. Happiness is not in completion but rather on the journey, establishing goals allows the paths of your life to expand and reach into areas in which it may not have without those goals. Opening doors to happiness.

6. Love for yourself

Why do we create goals? Isn’t it for happiness that we do it? You are sending yourself a little bit of love every time you set a new aspiration. Setting time in your life to do the things that you want to do, to benefit yourself.

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  1. iamneverchangingwhoiam | 13th Jul 16

    Reblogged this on "It's Time To Begin"… and commented:
    This is a great post! I am going to definitely implement!

    • StephJ | 13th Jul 16

      Thank you so much for sharing! This is the first part of my new series… Searching for Happiness. I hope you can pop by again next week for the next post 🙂 Thanks again!

  2. byincawithlove | 13th Jul 16

    Another great post!! Motivation 100%!! Xoxo Ines

    • StephJ | 13th Jul 16

      Thanks so much! I am glad you enjoyed it 🙂

  3. the happiest pixel | 13th Jul 16

    Nice tips!! I love them, now I have goals for the Summer, and I want all them come true…
    Do you have any goals for this season? Love, thp

    • StephJ | 13th Jul 16

      Glad you enjoyed it! No big plans this summer, just reading and some minor adventuring. Cheers!

  4. Jamie Alger | 13th Jul 16

    Hi Steph! I enjoy your blog- it makes me happy! So- I’ve nominated you for this award if you’d like to participate!

    • StephJ | 13th Jul 16

      Thank you so much for the nomination! 😊

  5. Louise | 14th Jul 16

    I agree that goals are really important in finding happiness – in large part because they make us work for something. I recently read a book that talked about how parents are raising their kids now with the goal of being happy (rather than the goal of “being a doctor” or “going to college” etc…) and how this was a) difficult to action because how do you define it? and b) happiness isn’t a goal, but rather the result of achieving a goal. I loved that and it helped re-focus some of what I do with my kids. Your post here made me think of it.

    • StephJ | 14th Jul 16

      Oh thank you! That sounds like a really good book. I feel like parents, schools, friends and everyone should take on that mentality. the conventional meaning of success is changing and I think it is great! Thank you for your comment!

      • Life's Happy Highlights | 14th Jul 16

        I saw something on the news about a school district in (I think) Ohio that had regular (guided) meditation times in schools. After they implemented the district wide meditation, administrators & teachers saw improvements in students’ academic performance and a decrease in their stress and anxiety levels. Really telling! I’m looking forward to other posts in this series as I’m working on something similar over on my corner of the web. Good luck finding your happy!! ❤

        • StephJ | 14th Jul 16

          I think it would be a huge benefit if more westerners adopted meditation into their lives. It makes such a huge difference in the chemical makeup of the brain. I will have to check out your happiness projects on your blog. I am excited to write more about this topic myself 🙂

  6. fezart11 | 14th Jul 16

    I really enjoyed your writing and am looking forward to the continuation of the find happiness series! And thank you for the follow, it means a lot!

    • StephJ | 15th Jul 16

      Awesome I am glad you enjoyed 🙂

  7. Emma Kershaw | 16th Jul 16

    I love this! Such a motivating post! xx

  8. Grandtrines | 17th Jul 16

    Reblogged this on Still Another Writer's Blog and commented:
    It really all sounds VERY good, but you must watch out for “The Treadmill.” “What treadmill?” This one:

    • StephJ | 18th Jul 16

      So very true Thank you for sharing 🙂

      • Grandtrines | 18th Jul 16

        You are welcome!

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  10. Heather | 18th Dec 16

    Great post, Steph! I especially loved your thoughts on personal goals and confidence. These two are also dear to my heart! Perhaps you’d like these posts, too.

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  12. | 14th Apr 17

    An interesting perspective on searching for happiness. Setting a goal and accomplishing that goal gives a wonderful thrill.

  13. Julia | 1st May 17

    Happiness is inside of you whether you dream big or small or not at all. You don’t have to do anything. You just tap into it….it’s no a by product or a product or any type of result. It’s always there…just tap in. We can feel it as a result but we don’t have to…My experience anyway.

    • StephJ | 1st May 17

      That is very true! I often think of happiness as a blue sky, it is always there just sometimes hidden. It is a constant state that we can tap into and appreciate at anytime.

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