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Finding your "Happy Place"

January 12, 2017 DR. SHARON BUCHALTER

(4 minute read)

As we all know by now, life isn’t always as easy as it seems. It gets tough and it gets rough. Just when you think you’ve got something figured out, think again! It’s always throwing curveballs at you, no matter who you are or what you are doing. One thing that I’m doing to get Get Happy in 60 Seconds is by focusing on the ways to express myself - especially my confused mind. Here’s my recipe on how to find a place that can soothe all of your frustration, confusion, and uneasiness - it’s what I like to call your “happy place”.

2 Cup of understanding what your “happy place is”

First, let’s get one thing straight - your “happy place” does not necessarily have to be a physical place that makes you happy, although it can be. What I mean by a “happy place” is finding the things that make you happy. Maybe it is a physical location such as a hidden river behind your home, or maybe it’s an activity such as writing, singing, or playing a sport. Everyone has a different “happy place”, but the first step is finding yours. You may have more than one “happy place”, so if you do, identify them all because that’s only going to help you!

1 Tablespoon of knowing why your “happy place” is just that

Once you realize what it is that makes you happy, it’s important to notice why that place is actually the place that you turn to when you need to smile. Is it because it provides a level of comfort? Is it because it is a place of self reflection? Or is it a place that allows you forget about all of your problems for the time being? For me, my “happy place” is writing. I believe it’s writing because it is the only time where I can fully express everything that is on my mind with no judgements from anyone besides myself. I can write down all of my thoughts in a creative manner such as a poem or lyrics as well; which helps me utilize and express a creative side of my brain.

⅓ Cup of visiting your “happy place”

After you have found your “happy place” or multiple “happy places” and have identified why that place makes you so cheerful, now it is important to keep on coming to it or them! You want to do this because of the constant reminder that this place is indeed a part of you that you need in order to feel fulfilled. So, if it’s playing baseball, join a baseball team that plays once a week! If it’s writing, find yourself a nice journal that you can write in every single day when you wake up and before you go to bed. If it’s a physical location, take a ride there a couple times a week to stay in touch with it.

Finding a “happy place” is really something that has helped me over the past few months and I believe it can help you as well! Take a look inside to figure yours out and I’d love to hear what you have to say - leave a comment for me! If you enjoyed this read, feel free to like and share it as well to spread the message. Let’s make this world a happier place, one person at a time :)
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