Do you have sustainable happiness? Like, is your happiness sustainable?
No, it is not those short euphoric moments that pass before you can even fully live in them.
Sustainable happiness deals with a lasting kind of joy.
Think about it like this, take into account the happy state of your well-being and making it sustainable. One gets his source of happiness from his most genuine dreams and includes practicing support among built relationships through both good and bad times.
You can find sustainable happiness in a community that is supportive of each other.
It is founded upon the knowledge that well-being is directly related to people around you; knowing that you have a shoulder to cry on and a hand to hold when you feel like it; knowing that all the efforts you contribute are acknowledged and recognized by your neighbors.
Sustainable happiness springs in an environment that values health, equity, and its individual’s own fulfillment.
But how exactly can one achieve a sustainably happy lifestyle? Here’s a few ways:
Practice living in the moment
Perhaps there have been times where you were in an intimate gathering but you were not able to fully enjoy the company of your loved ones because you were thinking of your bills or your deadlines.
Pause, and take it all in; the experience, the chance to be with those you love, even the smell of the candle that dimly lights your room.
This also is not just about being in special occasions.
Sometimes, it can be the simple rainy afternoons, where you enjoy coffee and a good book to the sound of rain dropping on your roof. Other times, it’s allowing yourself to feel the kiss of the warm sun on your skin.
Whatever it may be, appreciating things around you can go a long way in countering the stress in your life.
Drawing energy from nature
When you start to pay attention to your surroundings, you will find that there are things that can give you a natural sort of high.
This could vary for all of us!
Some people find that a certain smell can give them a natural sense of delight. Others like watching their dog sleep. Listening to your body and how it reacts to these experiences can help pave your path towards sustainable happiness.
Making a journal
Journaling and tracking down your everyday activity can help you get a better view of how things impact your life and the lives of those around you.
Perhaps hanging out with that one toxic friend is a source of all the gloom during your weekends. Or maybe finding that not having enough exercise is giving you that stagnant feeling.
Understanding that we’re all related
Understanding how everything is interdependent gives you a greater sense of belongingness and changes the way you perceive the world in which you move in. You become more aware of the decisions you make knowing that they can have a bigger effect on others or that its outcome may impact others greatly.
It is basically understanding the butterfly effect; the butterfly effect is a theory stating that changing even the tiniest thing of one’s current state can lead to a much larger effect on its later state (i.e. one flap of a butterfly’s wings somewhere can cause a tornado somewhere else)
When you come into terms with this, you would be able to understand the ins and outs of the things you experience in life.
You would also be able to ask yourself which small thing you can change that can lead to sustainable happiness.
Knowing what makes you happy
Knowing or listing down the things that make you happy is already a big leap on your way to a more sustainably happy lifestyle.
It’s like saving money for a rainy day. Every once in a while, you get to pull out that list because your heart needs a flutter or two.
Then, you can also look at this list and cross out things that make you happy but may actually harm either you, others, or the environment.
Recognizing what holds true value in your life
Visualize yourself stripped of your title, your money, and your possessions.
What’s left? These are likely the things that are genuinely valuable.
These could be your relationships, self-love, and your love for life and loving itself.
Make sure that you know what these are and that you do not take them for granted. We may use Charles Spurgeon’s quote; “It’s not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.”
Understanding our natural differences
There is a theory called the hedonic treadmill suggesting that no matter how sad or how happy experiences make us, we naturally return to a natural level of happiness.
It’s also different for different people. Some may have a naturally high level of happiness while others may gravitate towards sadness and depression.
And that is okay.
You don’t have to be hard on yourself. Having a support system with you and understanding how we are all naturally different still helps us have sustainable happiness.
These are just a few practices. After you make these a habit, you’ll find more practices that will help keep your happiness sustainable.
These practices are all tailor-fit to our experiences so don’t you worry if it takes time for you.