What makes you happy?

I woke this morning and the sun was starting to rise. There was a lovely feeling that it was going to be a good day with pleasant weather. When I realised it was the international day of happiness it made me reflect on what makes me happy.

As a country the UK ranks way down in the top 20 happiest countries in the Happiness Index. Finland tops it again and there are a number of Nordic countries at the top of the list. I would be interested in hearing from any Finnish readers of this about why that may be? Is it something about the culture, the approach or the country?

It has taken me many years to realise what makes me happy. It isn’t that new bag or pair of shoes. It isn’t a new client, paying a bill or having money in the bank. It isn’t that promotion or getting that next step in my career. All those are passing boosts or moments of satisfaction. They were not real happiness.

Being happy is a state of mind that for me comes from within. It is a moment in time when there is contentment and being able to just be. It is those little things that make the biggest impact. It is the hug from my Mum, standing with my horse as he grazes, a kiss from my rabbit, seeing the birds in the garden. All these things cost nothing and yet they are priceless.

With so much pain and suffering in the world, we really do need to take a moment and be grateful for those small things. Happiness comes from within us and how we look at the world. Find your moments and capture the feeling you have. I will be finding those moments today. So tell me what makes you happy?

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