Defining What Happiness Means to You

We all want to be happy, but do you know what happiness truly is to you? The very definition of happiness is to be satisfied and fulfilled. To each individual, this could mean something entirely different. 

For some, happiness comes from having a large family. For others, it’s career success, or having the financial freedom to go travelling for a year.

Here, we’ll look at how you can define what makes you happy.

Think About What Makes You Happy Right Now

When we think of happiness, usually we focus on the things we don’t have. For example, you might associate happiness with becoming financially stable; something you don’t have right now. 

While working towards happiness goals is important, it’s equally important to recognize what makes you happy right now. Appreciating what you have is the key to true happiness. So, write down the things you’re grateful for. What makes you happy now? It could be walks in nature, reading, watching your favorite shows on TV, or spending time with your significant other. 

Whatever it is that makes you happy on a day to day basis, write it down. You’ll often find this alone boosts your happiness.

Write a List of the Things You Want

Now you’ve realized what makes you happy in the present, you can start writing a list of the things you want. What don’t you have that you feel will make you happier?

Maybe it’s a better job, or a happy relationship you’re looking for. Visualize yourself in your dream life. What does it look like? This will give you the best idea of what happiness truly means to you. 

Of course, it also helps to analyze your list. Often, what we think will make us happy, doesn’t. For example, somebody who has struggled financially for years, may feel that becoming wealthy would make them happy. However, there’s been many cases where people have gone from rags to riches, yet they still aren’t happy.

This is because happiness isn’t just based on one thing. It’s a collection of things. You may gain financial stability, but along the way you’ve failed to focus on building up meaningful relationships. So, you’re successful but you now don’t have anyone to share it with.

If you want to become truly happy, you need to focus on the bigger picture. Visualize your perfect life and set realistic goals to help you achieve it. The happiest people are those who live in the moment, appreciate what they have and who don’t base their happiness on material things.