In Search of Happiness

We live in the conditional tense and wonder why we’re discontent. Maybe if I could’ve, should’ve, would’ve, maybe tomorrow or next year, maybe on my birthday or when the mortgage is paid, if I leave him tomorrow or if he leaves me.

Meg Hutchinson, Little Bit

In the days since I published my article What Is Happiness, our family has experienced a devastating shock – the sudden and untimely death of a very close friend. At 58 years old and in exceptional health, we never expected to lose him so young or so suddenly. While the past few days have been consumed with supporting his family and trying to provide whatever small comfort we can, we also realize just how precious life is and how we must live life to the fullest. This tragedy has drawn together an already close-knit community with shared grief and sorry, but also a desire to make the most of the time we have.

Love Yourself by Jun Seita, on Flickr
Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License  by  Jun Seita 

Love yourself

Tell the people in your life you love them

Do the things you’ve always added to the “someday” list

Let go of the past and don’t worry so much about the future

Find someone who makes your heart happy

Support your friends and family

Don’t hold grudges

Demonstrate your love for those in your life

Take good care of yourself

Be conscientious with money but also spend it on fun

Don’t put things off – dive in and live your life

Celebrate the good times and don’t dwell on the bad

Keep yourself healthy


Find hobbies that make you happy

Eat pancakes for dinner and bake cookies when you need them

Find a job you love

Go on adventures

Live today to the fullest

There’s only us, there’s only this, forget regret or life is yours to miss, no other road, no other way – no day but today.



2 thoughts on “In Search of Happiness

  1. I’m so sorry for your loss – it’s heartbreaking that a tragedy has to happen to remind ourselves to try to enjoy each day as it comes. Best wishes to you and your community.

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