Time for a happiness inventory
So as you are reading this on this wonderful Monday morning I am going to ask you to do something. Oh, not for me of course, but for you, I want you to take a happiness inventory. What’s that? Well, it’s taking a little bit of time to figure out how happy you are. There is no absolute formal way to do this, to some degree my friends we are making this up as we go on this journey we’re taking together.
I decided to write about this today because this is something I need to do as much as any of you. It’s good to do every once in a while, but especially good to do if you’re feeling out of sorts like I have been recently. So let’s run through a series of questions to see how we are all doing.
First, on a scale of one to ten, how happy do you feel at this moment?
Second, if it’s not at least a nine, then can you identify three things that are currently detracting from your happiness?
We’ll get back to them in a bit, can you name three things that make you happier?
When is the last time you did any of the things you’ve just listed? If it’s not recently, than how soon can you do some of them?
Back to the basics, are your basic needs being met, specifically are you eating right, sleeping enough and getting some exercise?
Are there any new or excessive stressors in your life right now?
Now go back to the earlier list in the personal inventory, the three things that are detracting from your happiness. Is there anything you can do about these things? If it’s a person, can you arrange things so that you can minimize contact or if it’s severe, is it possible to stand up and truly address the issue? Sometimes our long-term happiness means making hard choices but if nothing else time and distance can help.
Thinking about that list and about the stressors you can identify ways in which you can deal with them? Then of course the hard part, either let them go, or deal with them. As always friends if you need someone to listen or to help you figure this part out drop me a note and I’ll do what I can for you the address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally remember, it will get better, it will rarely be easy, but if you take the positive steps you know you have to take, it will get better. I hope this personal happiness inventory helped and have a happy day my friends!