Over the past five months, like most of us I’ve experienced a wider range of moods and emotions, broader, more complex and often more intense.
In the last month, I’ve made a real effort to ‘feel what I’m feeling,’ rather than numbing or distracting. I’ve quit the booze for August and I’ve drastically cut down on caffeine. I’ve also placed a real emphasis on pleasurable pursuits, doing more of the things that give me energy – writing, exercise, reading and even learning guitar.
And the result? A much more consistent mood and more overall positivity. When tiredness/annoyance/life has threatened this mood, I’ve been quicker to bounce back. I’ve found myself acting more and overthinking less.
What I have thought about is this: that external circumstances really don’t matter all that much when it comes to happiness levels. Or at least, not as much as I would have thought. Because honestly, on paper, my life looks pretty awful right now. The future is very uncertain, long-term and short-term.
Yet, I’m okay. In fact, I’m better than okay, I’m happy. Not all of the time… but a lot.
I’m grateful to be alive.
Which can only mean that the old cliché is true: happiness really does come from within.