As we all know our personal picture of happiness changes throughout our lifetime. I’ve been thinking about how my view of happiness has changed over time. And this is how I see what happiness has looked at through the years.
As a child happiness always revolved around Christmas holidays, and snow days. Carefree summer days where I was able to sleep in and how much time I could spend outside playing.
As a teenager happiness meant new clothes. Yes, I would look at magazines and dream about the items I could buy, and how I could put together different outfits.
In my 20’s happiness involved what was going on each weekend. Was there a party to go to? Or was I going to go to the movies with a group of friends. What was happening that was fun?
In my 30’s happiness involved what new event I could find. What new and exciting place could I go to? What new and exciting person would show me something exciting in the world?
And now in my 40’s happiness is a day I can spend time at home. Happiness is about preparing and consuming a great meal. It’s about spending quality time with individuals instead of constantly being with people. It’s also about what I not being so busy all the time. It’s about being happy in the moment instead of being happy about an event.
What does happiness mean to you, and how has it changed throughout your life?