How to be happy
Never before was there a time in which we can so easily peek into someone else’s life; social media allows us to openly share details of our existence that were not public before.
We can now connect to people around the globe that we probably won’t meet in real life. We don’t have to read gossip magazines in order to get a scoop on a celebrity; they are happily sharing intimate details about their private life on multiple platforms. It gives us a sense of connection and it can be inspiring, and entertaining, but it can also make us suffer by being a “comparisite”
When we spend too much time on social media and compare our life to others, it can make us feel inadequate, and even depressed.
We make assumptions about how well others are doing or how amazing their life is because they do a very good job of making it look so.
But don’t forget that social media is often used as a marketing tool and is a collage of the best moments of someone’s life. The reality is that so many people that may appear to have it all are human too and deal with turmoil, obstacles and sadness. We are all longing for joy, happiness and living a meaningful life.
How do we create a life with more joy and meaning?
So that brings me to the next logical question, how do we create a life with more joy and meaning?
A great place to start is by asking yourself “what in life am I curious about?”. And then continue to follow that curiosity and bring it to life. Learn a new skill, experience something new, or plan an adventure that is on your bucket list. What are you waiting for? We are creatures of habit and doing new things may be intimidating at first.
What if it was as simple as starting a yoga or meditation practice, where you decided to show up consistently for yourself, finding new ways to break old habits and patterns?
Give yourself permission to play, get creative and do more things that bring you joy.
If you think about how much money we spend on designer handbags, shoes, clothes, facials and Botox, which admittedly do bring bursts of happiness but it’s fleeting, because it’s coming from external stimulation. It’s experiencing and focusing on life from the outside.
You may have heard it before;
“Happiness is an inside job”
How would you feel if you invested in yourself emotionally, by carving out more time to experience things like sound baths, reiki, and walks in nature, workshops or yoga retreats. Self care starts right here and will help you find that connection to yourself.
The key to all of this is remembering that we are all at different stages of our journey and as hard as it might be do not compare yourself to anyone else.
You’re biggest offering to this life is being your authentic self, so say yes to trying something new or something that you’ve been putting off for years and see where it takes you! You don’t need to have a popular or aesthetically beautiful social media page.
You do not need anyone’s approval to live your best life. Fill your heart with beautiful moments, invest in friendships, and take excellent care of yourself. May your life feel so wonderful that a picture with a caption wouldn’t do it justice.
My name is Debbie Lash, I am a LA trained yoga teacher and health coach. I’m passionate about helping people take control of their health in order to live their best life.
If you have any questions and would like to contact me, you can always attend one of my classes at Earth Yoga in Santa Catalina or Portals or feel free to reach one the following ways:
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