Have you ever stopped to wonder "what makes me happy?" I came across this question the other day and it made me stop and ask myself the question and interestingly enough, the answer wasn't anything big or powerful or exciting. It was the small quiet things in life that sprang to mind.
Other research shows that happiness is predominantly defined by our social connections. This made me feel a lot better because my happiness is irrevocably tied to the relationships that my life is made up of. I feel happiest when my family is happy. I feel happy when I feel loved and appreciated. I can't cut that part of myself out and I don't particularly want to!
So much of what makes me happy are the little things in life - the little traditions we have, the routines and the security of knowing my place in the world. My happiness isn't based on how much we earn, or on how many things we own. It's based on connection and love and friendship. It's based on sunny mornings and cups of coffee, on laughter and shared history. On knowing each other's stories and being part of them.
I saw this quote from Beau Taplin as I was cruising through the interwebs and it summed up my answer to "what makes me happy?" It's all the special little things that make up my life. The things I would miss if I couldn't have them any more. I don't need all the bells and whistles and big "toys" I just need what I have now - love, and friendship, and connection.
I'm curious about whether this is the same for everyone or if it's different for other people - I'm not sure how others would answer the question - and I'd be interested to hear what anyone reading this would say is the defining element of life that makes them happy. Please chime in with your answer in the comments (I promise not to judge if your answer is icecream or chocolate!)
This post was linked up to the #1word challenge - this month's word was "curious"