How To Find Your Happy

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Happiness is defined as “the quality or state of being happy”. Simple enough – so why does it seem so elusive for many of us?

I know I have struggled to define and find my own happiness in the past. The good news is that I think I have figured out the foundation of my happiness, two things that allow life to feel full and fulfilled:

HAPPINESS = FOLLOWING YOUR DREAMS + GIVING BACK

Now, before you say that is way too simple and criticize the lack of many important things – I know. I am aware that this is may not be what makes everyone happy but I think for many people, these two things are missing from their lives.

For me, Earthly Traveller is a way for me to follow my dreams of writing and travel while giving back to the planet and helping others to do the same. So my “Happiness equation” would be:

HAPPINESS (ME): = TRAVELLING THE WORLD + HELPING THE PLANET

The key here is that not everybody has the same dreams, so this part of the equation relates to whatever it is that inspires and moves you. If your dream is to travel (great!), if your dream is to have a family (amazing!), if your dream is to build an empire (awesome!) and if your dream is anything else (fantastic!) – now own it and make it part of your everyday.

As for giving back, I know there are so many amazing people out there who volunteer and donate their time, expertise and money to good causes. For that, I am grateful – thank you! It is the people who give more than they receive that inspire me the most. This is something I am striving to get better and better at. Most of us have so much more to give than we even realize.

So take a look in the mirror, realize how awesome you are – and give a little bit of that awesome back to the world. You won’t regret it. It might even make you HAPPY. 🙂

I want to hear from you!

For me, travelling makes me happy. The idea of a quest keeps me motivated (right now I’m working through visiting all 7 continents) – What makes YOU happy?

SEE THE WORLD, MAKE IT BETTER.

~ Earthly Traveller

2 thoughts on “How To Find Your Happy

  1. Very wise suggestion. I too have travelled the world and never tire of it. In fact, I’m writing from a hostile in Lake Louise, Alberta. About the giving. I agree. It’s all a part of the happiness quotient. I think the trick is to give from a place of wanting to, not “shoulding” yourself. If you give because you think it’s your duty, but you resent it, you will grow bitter and angry. Years ago I was on the Oprah telecast, and Iyanla Vanzant asked Oprah what her greatest spiritual/emotional challenge was. Oprah responded that she struggled most with friends and family members’ sense of entitlement to her fortune and fame. When Iyanla asked how Oprah handled it, she replied, “I stopped giving until I gave because I wanted to; because it made me feel good.” A couple of weeks after hearing Oprah’s response, I backed out of some of my “giving” responsibilities because I was over-giving and becoming resentful because I believed that others weren’t “appreciating” me. So, in addition to your wonderful wisdom…I encourage giving because it makes you feel good. Doing so is totally AWESOME! P.S. – Your blogs and your website are a true inspiration to me! I’m seeing your brother today…finally!

    1. Thanks so much for the thoughtful reply! I agree that giving needs to be something that you want to do. When I feel overwhelmed with various options for ‘giving back’ I try to focus on one issue or organization that I believe in at a time.

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