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Post By Guest Contributor Alejandro
Have you achieved your childhood dreams? Have you considered that your dreams need to be adjusted to adult reality? Mines were: 1) Cool fast car with awesome music (check), 2) Beautiful, healthy, smart children (check), 3) Good paying job that I love where I were a suit (check), 4) A home in an awesome neighborhood (check), 5) Friends that I love and they love me back (check). Happiness level = 6 out of 10. Why are so many of us unhappy and depressed when we have so many things to be happy about?
Well, this blog post will not answer that question, as I am no genius on life and love matters, but I will lay out my thought process for how I want to live the rest of my life and achieve true, and long-lasting happiness. Is that even possible say you? I say it is. I see it every day, it’s a state of mind, a journey, not a destination. This is something that is easier for some to achieve and harder for others depending on your background, personality, life skills and social upbringing.
To start, you must know yourself, you must know your personality… for men, here is a start:
For women, here is a start:
These profiles are not designed to match you exactly, but they will give you the basics, so you understand why you like to do certain things and why you behave in certain ways in certain situations. We can have any behavior that we want and desire, but it takes practice and effort, if it is not your God-given natural gift.
After learning more about you, decide on what is most important to you. If your own happiness is not number 1 on your list of priorities, think again. If you are not truly happy, you cannot make your partner, children, friends and others truly happy. If someone really knows you, they KNOW that you are not truly happy, even if they don’t tell you. Once you have the realization and understand who in your daily life is happy and who is not, it is extremely easy to see. We all know that really cheery person that doesn’t need six cups of coffee to get through life, and that is usually in a good mood. I ask her why so happy, she says: “I have a husband that loves me and the best children in the world, what is there not to be happy about.” If in doubt, just ask, those “happy people” are usually more than willing to tell you how happy they are, why and how they achieved it.
Here are important questions in key areas of your life that you should consider:
- Relationships. Which ones are important? Are you spending time on the right ones?
- Spirituality. Do you meditate, pray or contemplate life? What motivates you?
- Financial. Are you managing your money correctly? Prioritizing your expenses?
- Professional. Is your job rewarding? Are you doing what you like to do?
- Health. Are you taking care of yourself? Are you exercising enough?
- Lifestyle. Are you living and doing the things that matter and fulfill you?
- Knowledge. Are you learning the right things?
Concentrating in just one area is not the path to happiness, neither is trying to balance them all. Each of us must pick what is important, set goals, find the resources needed to succeed and start to change our lives to what we want it to be, only then can we start the journey to happiness.
Here are some resources that I have found useful in my quest:
- www.mint.com. Helps you manage your money.
- www.facebook.com. If use effectively, it can help you keep track of your relationships.
- http://www.mindbloom.com. Lifestyle design and tracking.
- 1000awesomethings.com. A great source of happy and positive thoughts.
- zenhabits.net. A blog about simplifying, living frugally, parenting, happiness, and motivation.
Good luck… See you soon.