The Happiness Index

Apparently our Government has decided to find out what makes us happy.  Personally I feel they should be spending their time on better and more important things!!

But hey – I suppose it’s the latest wheeze!

So what makes me happy?  As one who has just spent the last 10 months having “To be Happy”  as her goal I should, I suppose, have a few pointers!!

Well I’ve thought about this on my drive to work this morning.  I am sure lots of people will be listing specific ideas and concepts which ‘make them happy’!  But I don’t believe they will truly come up with a definitive answer.

I could say that my marriage made me happy. It did – Very! But that is shifting the responsibility onto someone else.  I now believe that the responsibility belongs within.

For me Happiness is what I give myself when I meet my top 10 values 100% of the time.

It’s for me to choose and me to give to myself.  And more and more often these days I’ve found I’m finally able to choose.  I’m finally able to stop myself going backwards to the edge of my Chilean Mine. 

Perhaps – at last – I’m beginning to ‘get it’!!!   To understand all the Life Coaching I’ve been taught!!  To understand why Values are important and how the Rules I apply to those Values matter so much.

I still have an inkling that I need to understand more.  I need to re-affirm what I’ve learned to be sure I’ve not missed anything. 

I need to improve my Goals and ensure I make strides towards them!

Inner Glow

Yesterday was my youngest (and most favourite) niece’s 21st birthday.  Her father (my older brother – with whom I have a somewhat strained relationship) organised an evening riverboat trip party!  And bless him he organised taxis for all the nearest relations to get them to and fro – except me!!  I had to drive myself!!

Don’t you just love your nearest and dearest!!

Anyway in a reckless moment I ‘splashed the cash’ yesterday morning and bought myself a new dress to wear.   I decided early on in the day I was going to enjoy the evening event regardless of anything that might happen.  This is a big difference.  I didn’t set out determined to enjoy myself – I just knew I was going to.  And I did.

Yes the party of 40 or so consisted mainly of ‘damp squibs’.  Apart from a group of about a dozen youngsters or so,  we were all aged between 50 and 75!  But it wasn’t the ages of the gathering that was the problem, it was their outlook!  They all seemed to be giving up.  They had no energy.  They had no verve.  I did find a couple of ‘sparklers’ in amongst them but really only 2.

I was the other sparkler!

I sparkled.  Loads of people commented on how different I looked and how happy.  How much younger I appeared and asked what was it ‘I was on’.  So I told them!  If I explained once the ‘journey’ I’d been on and the Life Coaching I’d had, I explained it half a dozen times to various groups.

I met embarrassment from some (ouch – she’s in ‘therapy’). I met cynicism (I see you’ve been brainwashed).  I met horror.  I met stunned surprise.   I met admiration.  In no way did I feel defensive.  I told them how it was, how it is and what I I’ve done. When challenged for my Goals,  I rolled them out with a grin and a laugh!  My niece repeatedly rushed over and hugged me,  saying over and over how she couldn’t believe the difference in me from just 3 months ago!  It was a great evening!

This morning I went for my early morning walk by the lake.  The feeling of inner achievement and happiness hasn’t gone.  In fact it is welling up inside me.  As the song says “I feel it in my fingers, I feel it in my toes”.  But I also feel it all through me.  Like an inner shining light it is consuming me, bubbling through the core of my being, through my veins.  I feel as if I’m being seduced by the most expert lover on the planet.  I walked tall as I strolled around the lake (difficult given my diminutive height!) – and passers by noticed.  I talked and smiled and grinned and laughed with more strangers this morning than I have ever done.  Everyone – from the dog walkers and bird watchers to the fishermen –  stopped, smiled and greeted me.

I’ve often envied those people I’ve met who seem to shine from within – they have that inner glow which radiates from their eyes.  I see it in my young niece.  I see it in Stephen (life coach).  But it is rare.  I see it in very few people.  This morning – I think – others saw it in me.

Will this feeling stay?  Who knows.  Will I go backwards?  Who knows.  Will I still get bad days?  Again who knows. But:

All I can say is today I went in search of finding dragonflies. I didn’t.  However, today I believe I may have found myself.

Here’s one I took earlier! (well last year!)