The lovely Sara McEvoy is not only the co-owner of Craic and a great athlete, she is also a great writer and keeps a pretty nifty blog, which you can find HERE. Part of her blog has a section that is called Habits of Happiness – and I love this part of her blog. Definitely filled with a lot that makes you think about your life and how your building it. If you have some time, I’d suggest you go visit her blog…it’s worth the read.
I thought of Sara and her habits of happiness because today, on my adventures on the internet, I came across this – which I initially thought was an advertisement – but it’s actually a great piece on the Huffington post by Kate Bartolotta which starts with this:
The covers of most men’s and women’s magazines have similar headlines: “Get Great Abs” and “Have Amazing Sex.”
From the looks of it, these two issues have been recycled over and over (with some other stereotypically gender-relevant articles thrown in) on every Men’s Health, Maxim,Cosmopolitan and Glamour cover since the dawn of time. In fact, I’d bet that if we could get a better translation of cave drawings, they would read something like “Grok get flat belly. Make girl Grok moan with joy.”
And we keep buying them. We keep buying this lie that these things will make us happy. I’ve had washboard abs (past tense) and I’ve had some pretty phenomenal sex. Neither one made me a better person. Neither one completed me or made my life more fulfilling.
We chase this idea of “I will be happy when… “
I will be happy when I have a new car. I will be happy when I get married. I will be happy when I get a better job. I will be happy when I lose five pounds. What if instead we choose to be happy — right now?
If you can read this, your life is pretty awesome.
Setting aside our first-world problems and pettiness, if you are online reading this, you have both electricity and WiFi or access to them. Odds are you are in a shelter of some sort, or on a smart phone (and then kudos to you for reading this on the go). Life might bump and bruise us, it may not always go the way we plan and I know I get frustrated with mine, but here’s the thing: You are alive.
Because you are alive, everything is possible. So about those eight tips…
Click here to read the entire article. They are simple and stuff we already know – but sometimes we just need to be reminded of them.