As we continue with the April theme of friendship at #SeeShellConsulting, I’ve been thinking about how friendship goes hand in hand with happiness.
Most of my family and friends would say I’m a happy person and approach life through a lens of positivity. And I agree that I do. Most of the time. Full disclosure, it’s been more challenging of late. Saying goodbye to my dad has understandably affected me. Grief has no time limit. That led to a break in my personal and professional momentum, and it’s been a bit of a struggle to reset. I’m grateful for family, friends, and colleagues I can turn to, to help me get unstuck. Writing also helps and this is where this comes from. As much as a reminder to myself than anything else.
What are your thoughts on happiness? How do you hang onto it during challenging times?
Happiness is a complex emotion that is difficult for many to define, but most people would agree that it is a positive feeling that brings a sense of joy and contentment. Several factors can contribute to happiness, including relationships, success (whatever that means to a person – it’s not necessarily the same for everyone), health, and personal fulfillment. However, happiness is also influenced by individual perspectives, attitudes, and mindset, making it a subjective experience.
I’ve found one of the keys to happiness is finding meaning and purpose in life. When we have a sense of direction and goals to work towards, it gives us a sense of fulfillment and satisfaction. This can come from a variety of sources, such as career, hobbies, relationships, and personal growth. It’s important to recognize what gives us a sense of purpose and prioritize those things in our lives. My own journey of the last three years made me realize how critical a sense of purpose is in helping increase my happiness quotient.
How have you found your purpose or meaning?
Another factor that can contribute to happiness is gratitude and this is another area of focus that has been important to my outlook. When we focus on the positive aspects of our lives and express gratitude for the good things, we can feel a greater sense of happiness and well-being. This can be achieved through practices such as journaling, meditation, or simply taking time to appreciate the people and things around us.
What is your gratitude practice?
Lastly, social connections and community are crucial to happiness. Strong relationships with friends, family, and community members can provide a sense of belonging and support that can boost our mood and improve our overall well-being. Making time for social activities and nurturing these relationships can be a valuable investment in our happiness. I’ve written much about my circle of connections and the impact and influence each person has brought to my mind, body and soul. #grateful
What does friendship mean to you and how does it enhance your own life?
How are you fostering strong social connections?
Reach out to discuss and learn strategies to help you up your friendship+happiness game!