Days of Happiness: Day Twenty-Five

Days of Happiness: Day Twenty-Five

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

Today’s Motivational Video

(An oldie, but a good one)


Today’s Happy Thought


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Day of Happiness Celebrations: Q&A

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

Happiness is a state of mind. You either choose to be happy or you don’t. I know it’s easier said than done, especially if you deal with a medical diagnosis like depression (which I do suffer from); however, there are days where I’m not feeling depressed and I still have to choose happiness. I could either choose to be angry or sad about a current situation I’m facing or go in the opposite direction and choose a state of mind that is going to make me feel better about life. Sadness and anger don’t make me feel better about life.


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

Ha!  I guess I got a little ahead of myself there, but I consider happiness to be a state of mind. You can be feeling all of the emotions at the moment, but still choose to be happy. To me, emotions are feelings. You can feel sadness, anger, joy, glee, all that good stuff.


Do you consider being happy important to you? Why?

Happiness is definitely important to me because I want to look forward to getting up in the morning and taking on each day. Without choosing to do that, there are days where I would stay in bed and get nothing accomplished.


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

Myself. Only myself.


How important is wealth and money to your own happiness?

I think wealth is a combination of things – good health, healthy finances, overall outlook on life. A person can be wealthy in a monetary sense and not so wealthy when it comes to their health and mentality.  Likewise, a person without a lot of money can still be wealthy in a sense that all of their needs are met and they have good health.  A person can also be happy with or without a lot of money. I do believe that having a certain amount of money to meet a human’s basic needs does contribute to their state of mind, so yes, I think wealth and money is a factor in one’s own happiness…including mine.


How important is health and wellness to happiness?

I would say it’s very important. I know it’s possible to choose happiness when you’re not feeling well. But it makes it a lot easier to choose if you’re experiencing optimal health. There are very admirable people that choose happiness in spite of illness and I would like to think I would be one of them; however, you never truly realize how that would be possible until you’re walking in those shoes.


What has been the happiest moment in your life?

The happiest moments in my life would have to be seeing my children’s faces for the first time. Life is pretty remarkable at moments like that.


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?

Two of my goals for 2017 are focusing on meditating and to grow my self-employment income to a range that would help me comfortably meet the needs of my family.

I decided to do meditating during the last quarter but ultimately felt the urgent need to focus on it during the first part of this year.

I’m pleased with the results I’m getting and I’m optimistic that I’ll continue pursuing this goal and reach my income goals for the year.


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

Yes and no. Yes, as in I do believe in giving to others, but no, because I don’t believe your happiness should be tied to it. There are people who aren’t in a position to give as they would like, does that mean they should be any less happy than one who is able to give in the capacity they desire?

Also, growing up in religious circles, it’s sort of as if giving is compulsive. People believe they have to do it and they do so reluctantly. I don’t want to be give because I’m made to do it and I don’t think you should be forced into doing something you don’t want to.

Giving should come from the heart and if you’re not 100 percent behind giving and that’s not something that makes you happy, that’s a personal choice. So, for me, yes it’s important in my pursuit of happiness. However, I don’t believe it’s an obligation.


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

First thing is that you have to choose happiness more than once. You don’t just wake up one morning and say that I’m going to be happy forever. You have to choose that state of mind over and over again.

Second thing is that you can’t depend on anyone else to make you happy. If you’re waiting on that to happen, you’ll never be happy.


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

In the last two weeks I’ve read one book THREE times. This has never happened before. Ever. So I feel compelled to share because it’s helping me in a way I never even knew I needed help.

The title will throw you off but as a woman, once I got passed that, I was able to receive the knowledge put into the book. It’s Get Rich Lucky Bitch by Denise Thomas-Duffield.

I can’t think of any other books or articles off the top of my head because right now all I’m consumed with is rereading this book for any important tidbits I may have missed.


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

I write at Life and a Budget ( where I focus on helping others create better finances for carefree living.

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