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