I recently decided to try really hard to be less materialistic and letting go of Heck of A Lot of things. For a while now, I’ve been wanting to focus on three main pillars that my Happiness is based on, but simply couldn’t narrow it down. Now, I finally managed to narrow down my list, and I feel comfortable and happy with what I have.
My Three Pillars of Happiness
My Family & Friends
Some might think that the first one is pretty obvious, but, out of experience, I am one of the lucky few who has an amazing relationship with their parent(s) and/or step-parent. I get on really well with my mum and my stepdad and know that I’m ridiculously lucky. The same kind of goes for my friends. I have amazing friends who I can talk to about anything and everything and they just put up with me and make me feel liked and loved as a friend. I never seem to get on their nerves, and they certainly never get on my nerves.
I realised that travelling is the second pillar, while travelling. While on holiday in Malaysia, I realised how happy travelling made me. Experiencing different cultures and food is exciting and always an adventure. Speaking to different people from all corners of the world is equally amazing. Coming home always felt like I was leaving happiness elsewhere. I’m really glad I finally, finally realised that travelling is my second pillar. It’s giving me a real aim to save money and made me realise how important travelling is to my mental health.
The third pillar of my happiness is Harry Potter. Harry Potter got me into reading books and makes me feel part of a community without having to fit into certain criteria regarding gender, skin colour or language. The world of Harry Potter has kept me alive for many years and always puts a smile on my face somehow.
Inspired by this pin on Pinterest, I thought I’d do the 30 Day writing Challenge. Day One is listing 10 things that make me really happy.
So here I go
The Harry Potter series
Remus Lupin / David Thewlis
Dogs, especially puppies
Going on Holiday
Historic Things, e.g. visiting castles
Going to the beach
Going on a walk in a Forest.
Well, that was easy and quick. I can already tell that day two is going to be really difficult, though. Otherwise, this challenge is going to be super interesting and is going to keep my fingers typing.
I’m also going on holiday, so I’m actually not sure how frequent I will be able to post stuff. At least four days will be super difficult because we’re going to be island hopping.
I have time and energy to pre edit some posts now, so writing them up will hopefully not be the problem.
In this new-years-day related post I am talking about videos made by people who had a jar of 2015, where they’d write all the good stuff that happened to them in 2015 on a piece of paper and stick that piece of paper in a jar to look at at the end of the year.
I’m specifically talking about Jakes video here, where he opens up his jar of 2015 and reads the notes.
I think this idea is really cute and something I might try doing for this year. -The jar thing that is. I do not own such a jar, yet. Maybe I’ll make one for 2016.
On the internet in general, it is known as the Gratitude Jar or the Happiness Jar and is a project started by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of “Eat, Pray, Love”. She introduces the jar here. It is a nice way to celebrate the little things in life and to view back on them when, maybe, you feel a little down.
Another option I hope to try out some day, is Document Your Life. With this, you video document happy events throughout a month, compile all the little videos into one and share it on video I guess. A photo a day (or more) might also be an idea, which I hope to actually do this year.
I began writing this post on New Years Day, which is now 15 days ago. I have a Happiness Jar, I haven’t done a A Photo a Day or Document your life.
I found the Jar in Matalan. It hadn’t started out as some kind of jar but had a lid and a straw to drink out of it. These were missing, so the item was reduced and is now being used as a Happiness Jar. It fits very well onto my bedside locker. (Yes, I have a lot of Harry Potter-y things on my bedside locker.) There isn’t actually that much in my jar yet, even though it looks like a lot.