What Happiness Means To Me
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What Happiness Means To Me

What Happiness Means To Me
I am at my happiest when I have perspective and am grateful for all the great things I already have in my life

I have spent much of my life chasing that all elusive dream of permanent financial security.

Whether through the corporate rat run or running my own business.

The million dollar sell out to secure my own and my family’s future.

Somehow that when I achieve X and don’t have to do why Y then all will be ok….

Always striving, never just thriving in the moment and appreciating what is there is front of me.

However due to recent events and being able to reflect on what being a good Dad means to me I have come to realise that I have been unhappy for years.

I am a man of simple of pleasures but have a habit of being sucked up into the maelstrom of life and becoming lost in it.

Succumbing to the boiling frog syndrome that I believe is so common in Dads trying to juggle the many responsibilities they have in life.

I recently wrote about why I write a UK Dad Blog which certainly is a barometer for how I am feeling on any given day in terms of how engaged and motivated I am.

For me I know that I am at my happiest when I:

  • Jump out of the bed in the morning rather than continually snoozing the alarm and rolling over to hide from the world
  • Don’t feel a sense of overbearing fear and anxiety from the moment I wake up
  • Am loving towards High Command and creative in coming up with ideas of what we can do to spend time both as a family and as a couple
  • Feel a deep sense of gratitude for the amazing things I have in my life (and I don’t just mean the shiny things but for the often overlooked things such as happy, healthy daughters; a roof over our head; food in the cupboards and flowing water from the taps)
  • Motivated to earn a living
  • Have my mischievous sense of humour in full flow
  • See the magic and beauty in the simplest of things – a colourful blossom, amazing architecture, the clarity of a moonlit night
  • Am happy for others whatever their news or achievement (rather than feeling jealous)
  • Want to eat healthily and be kind to my body
  • Enthusiastically want to get out in the fresh air on my road bike and exercise (I am definitely of the healthy body, healthy mind type)

What does happiness mean to you?

What are your warning signs that you are unhappy?

As always it would be great to hear from you with your comments


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13 thoughts on “What Happiness Means To Me”

  1. Great post. Happiness is ultimately what has to drive us. I often have that reset button when I feel things are veering towards things that are the opposite of that. #thatfridaylinky

    1. Yes so important to regularly reflect and see where are against what makes us happy. I believe we can do anything if we are happy πŸ™‚

  2. I think it’s great to have a list in your mind or written down which allows you to assess your happiness – and therefore actually be happier. There are so many things I’m grateful for and want to be thankful each day – it will make me happy…but like you, sometimes I get sucked into the stresses of life. Here’s to making an effort to be happier – by reminding myself of the simpler things. #Blogstravaganza

    1. Thank you. I try to write a gratitude list every day to help me stay grounded and keep perspective on all the great things I have in my life πŸ™‚

  3. Finding happiness is so important for me it’s what keeps me going through what at times has been a difficult life. For me being with my children is what really matters beyond money or anything else Thank you for linking to #Thatfridaylinky please come back next week

  4. #thesatsesh I just wrote a blog about my morning routine and it includes writing in my gratitude journal and setting intentions for the day. Those two things are like fireworks in the morning. It takes 2 minutes and honestly – I would recommend it. Im never grateful for the ‘big’ things…always the tiny blessing πŸ™‚ Thanks for joining us and hope to see you in September.

    1. The power of gratitude should never be underestimated. When I right my daily graitutdes down life seems to take on a much more tranquil and content form for the rest of the day πŸ™‚

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