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 am 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 goals 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 these 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 to being 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. This has motivated me to read and also tie in other more personal goals by reading about self-love, Buddhism and happiness, all other goals from this year I wish to learn more about. It has been extremely fulfilling making something I enjoy a goal. 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
If you think about your goals in life you will undoubtedly be dreaming. 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. Goals help 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. Goals 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 goals 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 lead in the direction of more goals. More goals that bring out the potential happiness for the future. Happiness is not in completion but rather in 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? Of course. You are sending yourself a little bit of love every time you set a new goal. Setting time in your life to do the things that you want to do, to benefit yourself.
My secret today on my journey to happiness is goals! Having goals big or small is a direct line to happiness.
Sit down grab a cup of tea and take 5 minutes to think about some major goals you have completed in your life and smile because you deserve it! Then take 5 more minutes to set some future goals for yourself, really think about it. Write it out, create a vision board or put it in a calendar.
I wrote a similar post 3 Benefits of setting Personal Goals a little while ago and I am now completely convinced that a piece of my happiness puzzle rests in my own goals and intent.
Stay tuned for more Searching for Happiness posts coming your way!
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