I’ve come to discover that happiness is the one thing that most of us are constantly in search of, even when we don’t actually realize it. It may sound like a cliché, but you don’t need $1 million or even $100 to experience the sensation of utter happiness.
I had a recent conversation with a coworker on this topic. We both came to the conclusion that the best way to keep a positive outlook on life is to do things that make you happy on a consistent basis.
Although I only take an official vacation once or twice per year, there are plenty of exciting activities in my everyday life to keep me occupied.
Here are a few I’d like to share with you:
- Spending time with my wife: There are no amount of words that can adequately describe the joy of being with the person who God specifically designed for you.
- Driving home from work: While it always feels good to leave work, the drive home is just as important as my time at home. I have a 20 minute commute back home and I use this time alone to mentally unwind from the stress of my day.
- Eating lunch on Fridays: I typically bring my lunch to work every Monday-Thursday. I treat myself to lunch every Friday at my favorite fried chicken spot.
- Walking in nice weather: I love to take a nice walk through my neighborhood during the spring and summer months, preferably during the early morning or late evening when it’s not too warm outside.
- Reading the Wrestling Observer Newsletter: I’ve been a subscriber to this publication for over a decade. I have an online subscription that includes that includes excusive articles and members only podcasts, but I still prefer the paper version that arrives in mailbox every Monday.
- Watching any good wrestling match: Good wrestling is always better than bad wrestling. This week’s New Day vs. Chris Jericho/A.J. Styles match on Raw was one of the best matches I’ve seen this year.
- Going to a bookstore or library: I’m a self-confessed bibliophile that can stay inside these places for hours.
- Having good, meaningful discussions with my coworkers: I view my coworkers as an extended family and always enjoy the moments when we get to discuss important non-work related matters. Most of these conversations tend to occur early in the morning before our day really intensifies.
- Watching The FBI Files: Next to Forensic Files, this is my all-time favorite true-life criminal investigation series I have all 7 seasons on DVD.
- Writing: Although the process can be anything but fun at times, there is no fling on earth like the one I experience when I’m able to fully convey my thoughts onto paper.
My purpose in writing this is to show that you don’t need a ton of money to enjoy all that life has to offer. You can start doing so right now.
So let me ask, what makes you happy?