Robyn McKay shares how a woman can find happiness in any stage of life, despite current financial and emotional circumstances.
So, most of us have it backwards. Most of us say we are going to be happy some day. We will be happy once we get our degrees or once we get married or once we have our first child or once we write our first book, but the fact of the matter is that in all of the studies on the relationship between well-being and happiness the results are very clear – first you cultivate happiness and then you be successful.
So, in other words, happiness creates the conditions for success to arise.
Often I am asked, “How do you cultivate happiness?” In other words, how do you feel good, and my response is pretty simple and it goes back to this idea of practicing mindfulness, of paying attention on purpose, but there are a lot of different ways to cultivate well-being in your life. Simple things like exercise and building a community is a way of feeling better about the world about your life.
The world is filled with anxiety right now about a bunch of things from financial situations and some people are losing their homes and their jobs and so on, but even in spite of that you can create a calm within yourself that helps you even manage the stresses in your life better.
So, when I talk about happiness I don’t mean that you need to dance around like Snoopy does on the cartoon. What I am talking about is just developing a sense of well being and feeling good; feeling as best you can most of the time. That’s a real challenge for some people.