I am excited and filled with joy at the possibilities to create, learn and grow. The past week has been amazing. I explored new opportunities, and met with interesting and inspiring people. I am excited about the good things to come.
Recently a friend of mine asked me what makes me happy. Now, while I have been on this high for a while, I haven’t considered what elements of my life contributed to it. I was only aware that I have been feeling good. I paused to consider what really makes me happy. The answer is that small choices each day made me feel good. I am happy in my relationship. I enjoy connecting with family and friends. Doing activities I enjoy— reading, writing, reviewing books, talking about books. All these combine to make me feel good.
Now there are moments when I feel awful, when the reality does not meet the expectation, there are moments of disappointment. I feel these blows and sometimes, all I can do is cry until I feel relieved. When this happens I have to fight to regain control of my thoughts and emotions. One of the most useful and immediate ways to feel better is to connect with those you love. Listening to music is another one of my go-to options. I will read a fun, lighthearted romance book, a chick-lit will usually lift my spirits. When I cannot get to these, a very quick option is to read affirmations. There are also two wellness websites that I visit every few days for doses of positive energy:
Lately, I have been conscious of the activities, persons and thoughts that drain me. I am avoiding these. And with this deliberate action, I can’t help but feel good. And I am thankful that this feeling of gratitude, excitement and hopefulness has been sustained over the last two weeks. And I think I can finally hold close to this optimism and goodness.