Days of Happiness: Day Eighteen

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Days of Happiness: Day Eighteen

The 30 days of Happy Thoughts series is inspired by the International Day of Happiness (March 20th, 2017).

 

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Day of Happiness Celebrations: Q&A


Happiness means different things to different people, what does Happiness mean to you?

 

To me, happiness means being stress free, burden free, and satisfied with your life. It means being surrounded by people that love you and support you, and it means being content with who you are.

 

Do you believe happiness is an emotion or more of a state of mind?

I believe happiness is both an emotion and a state of mind. Obviously, anyone can have feelings of happiness, which makes it an emotion. However, when happiness and positivity consumes the individual at all times, it makes it a state of mind, which is something I believe everyone should strive for.

 

Do you consider being happy important to you? Why?

Yes, I absolutely consider happiness to be important to me. If I am happy and satisfied with my life, then I am more motivated to tackle more tasks. Also, happiness allows me to build stronger relationships with my friends, family, and loved ones.

 

What do you consider a fundamental barrier to Happiness in your life?

I think a fundamental barrier to happiness in anyone’s life is themselves. I believe everyone has the potential to be happy, but their attitudes and reactions to everyday occurrences truly shape whether they can be happy or not. If they are constantly stressing and overreacting to minute events, then they are effectively creating their own barrier to true happiness.

 

How important is wealth and money to your own happiness?

As the old saying goes, “you can’t buy happiness”. I believe that’s true to an extent. Money is obviously important in my life, as it allows me to set myself up for a successful, stable future. In this sense, money is important to my happiness because it allows me to alleviate debts and other forms of monetary stress in my life. However, in terms of my overall happiness, money and wealth carry very little importance compared to the more genuine things such as relationships with the people around myself.

 

How important is health and wellness to happiness?

I think health and wellness can be a major influence on happiness. Being healthy can allow people to live longer, more active lifestyles, which can result in spending more time outside and being able to do more things that one loves to do. However, I do not believe wellness in terms of being skinny and attractive should be a determinant of happiness.

 

What has been the happiest moment in your life?

I try not to narrow down one experience as the happiest moment in my life. I instead focus on treasuring the moments worth treasuring, and continuing to move forward with my life to see what new, amazing moments will come.

 

Do you have any specific goals or resolutions for 2017?  If so, would your share your top two that directly relate to your own Pursuit of Happiness?

In 2017, I really want to improve my relationships with my friends and family. It’s not that they are bad, but I have been spending a lot of time on school work and my job that I haven’t been able to put a lot of time into developing the relationships that matter.

Also, I want to pay off as much of my car loan as possible, because it is becoming a source of stress and a burden that is inhibiting me from focusing on other aspects of my life.

 

Do you consider giving to others or charity work an important part of your own Pursuit and why?

I believe that community involvement and charity work are a very important part of my own Pursuit. I consider myself to be very blessed, as I have a loving family, a wonderful education, food to eat, a roof over my head, a warm place to sleep, and I am surrounded by people who care about me and love me. Throughout my high school and college career I have realized that not many people are as lucky as I am, thus I consider charity work and giving back to the community to be of great importance in my own pursuit of happiness because I could potentially give someone less fortunate than myself the opportunity to pursue their own form of happiness.

 

What 2 things have you learned in your own pursuit that you would like to share with others?

  • No matter what happens you have to pick yourself up.
  • Don’t let short term struggles interfere with your long-term goals.

 

If you could recommend only three websites/books/articles to anyone reading this, what would they be, and why?

The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People, The Power of Positive Thinking, and How to Win at the Sport of Business. The first two books offer practical, real-life ways to improve yourself that will allow you to become a more productive, happy person, and How to Win provides a compelling story that really motivates me whenever I am feeling down or discouraged.

 

What is your blog/website address and theme (if you want to share) for 2017?

www.thecollegecapitalist.com

thecollegecapitalist is a personal finance blog where I review budget friendly consumer goods, provide tips and tricks for saving/making money, and also offer advice for millennials to be mindful of their money.


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1 thought on “Days of Happiness: Day Eighteen”

  1. Another great interview! I particularly like CC’s definition of happiness as being stress and burden free. Learning to manage our stress definitely seems like an important element to being happy. Thanks for the book suggestions – I’ve read the first one but not the second to. I’ll have to check those out.

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