For awhile now, my friend Lacy and I have been chatting on the topic of “happiness”. What is it? Where does it come from? How do we get more of it? What makes us really happy? What makes one person a “happy person” and another not? The questions are endless, but the research, it turns out, is fun! We have in no way become experts, but have learned one thing: Happiness is, among other things, a practice. So like anything else we want to do better, we must make it a habit.
Lacy has been 'practicing' for a long time now, and I feel she has alot to share on the topic. So when I decided to start this blog, I asked her if she would do regular guest-posts to talk about it. I plan to make a habit of reading them. xoxo, Leigh
Hello! It’s Lacy with Habits of Happiness. The spirit of Leigh’s work is to live imperfectly with great delight. I’ve always loved that the words ‘living imperfectly’ sums it up so perfectly. That’s part of her magic, that uncanny ability to capture our internal knowing and put words to things we previously only felt. Happiness has a big beautiful chapter in the living imperfectly with great delight manual. Through this series we will explore all things happiness… how we find it, get it, keep it, and nurture it.
Happiness is defined as a state of well-being and contentment. Like most things that are worth having in life it’s less about arriving and more about a daily practice to be nurtured over time. I assure you this is by no means some esoteric exploration into the psyche though I hope you’ll be changed in the best of ways by reading and exploring with me. Sometimes it will be as easy as: 1. What makes you happy? 2. Do more of that!
This time of year for me is always about organizing and decluttering. It’s getting colder, we are spending more time indoors and that always takes me right to my drawers, closets and the nooks and crannies that piled up over summer. Cleaning out can add to your happiness in many ways…1. The practice of simplifying is always a boost. 2. Donating things you no longer need provides a sense of satisfaction that you’ve helped someone else. 3. Getting things out of the way literally can clear the much needed mental space to be able to sit, relax, meditate and enjoy life!
This week I consolidated all the bobbles and embellishments from ALL over my studio into two small printer trays! I went from 4 locations and just over 20 containers to two trays, stacked in one location! That folks makes me very happy.
Happiness is an outlook on life. It is absolutely in the details, it’s the cream filling, the good stuff! Start small this week. Pick one drawer or one stack of paper and conquer it!
Here’s to forming some lovely Habits of Happiness together. Go declutter, donate and organize something!
What are your HOH? We would love to hear!
Lacy Young is a professional happy person. You can find out more about her on her blog.