Find and Embrace Your Happy Places

The daily grind. The everyday-hustle. The day-to-day repetition of everyday life. Whatever you call it, most of us spend a lot of our time adhering to a routine.

You know how it goes:

Wake up.
Shower.
Dress.
Make lunches.
Drop the little ones off.
Sprint to the bus.
Grab a coffee on the run.
At the office by 8am.
Meetings.
PowerPoint.
Emails.
Phone calls.
Lunch at desk.
Afternoon hustle.
Sprint to catch bus.
Homework.
Dinner.
Emails.
Bed.
Wash…rinse…repeat.

What’s missing from all of the routine? A break from it – every day. Because, let’s face it, the moments when you step outside of the normal, out of the ho-hum, and out of the comfortable, are the moments when you truly feel alive. And, finding a moment in each day to diverge from the norm, to find a happy place isn’t all that hard.

All you need to do is actively search out moments in which you can Intentionally welcome the unintentional moments of joy, newness, and comfort outside of the rush

of modern life. So where to start? Maybe in that little moment between the lunch making and the dropping of the little ones off in the mornings. One day a week, take an alternative route and point out what you see. Make a game out of your new route to an old familiar place.

And then, grow from there. For me, my happy places usually find me when I go out with the mindset of simply wandering. Of feeling the sun on my shoulders and the wind at my back. Twice a week I take my lunch away from my desk and wander. I breathe in the fresh air, smile at passing strangers (sometimes I have to make a concerted effort to do this if the morning has been a particularly stressful one), and find a new place to grab lunch on the run.

In setting out without expectations of what I may or may not find, I’ve found a lot of places that have become my “Happy Places” – little corners of the world that were once unknown and undiscovered by myself, that are now filled with familiar faces and enticing aromas. Happy!
Sometimes we all just need to get out of the routine, before we get stick in a rut. This can be at home, at work, and beyond. Expanding your world isn’t dependent on latitude, but more often than not, it’s about attitude. Take a moment and find your happy place. Then actively search out another, and another… until you realise that, in all reality, happy places are everywhere. We carry them around with us.

It’s within ourselves that they have existed all along. Sometimes all we need to bring them to the fore is a brisk walk in the sun, a strong coffee in a new cafe, a run alongside the ocean, a rambling conversation with someone you enjoy, or a quiet moment to read.

Where’s your happy place?

3 Replies to “Find and Embrace Your Happy Places”

  1. Hmm. Interesting. Thankfully I’ve managed to get myself pretty well centered so if I can put aside all the voices in my head I can relax anywhere.
    That being said, I love sitting outside (in the shade) with a book and a glass of wine. I love sitting in a beanbag playing video games. I love sitting listening to music – recorded or live. I love wandering down untrodden alleys discovering businesses and buildings.
    I have a childlike joy of discovery in everything I see.

  2. I like this post so much. Great reminder to break with the routine once in a while. Funnily enough, even though I’m pretty sure I am a social person, I find what you describe as happy places mostly when I’m alone. Being happy, alone. To me, that is the best. Does that make me anti-social? #wondering 😊

    1. Thank you, Maria. You’re a “happy place” in my heart. When I see you, my whole self smiles. And, I think you’re onto something. Being alone is a time to reflect, recharge, and regain perspective. I value time to myself as much as I do time with others. If your happy place is alone, then embrace it whole-heartedly. #TeamAwesomeForever

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