A Life Full of Happiness

Updated: August 17, 2022 – Do you ever think about your overall happiness?  Sure, you remember that you laughed with your daughter yesterday when she told a joke.  Think about making your last car payment….true happiness!  But how long did those feelings last?  Do you live a life full of happiness?

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My Visit to the Doctor

Five years ago I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer.  Since then, I am vigilant about getting my annual check-ups as I opted to keep the half of my thyroid that wasn’t cancerous intact.

At my most recent doctor’s visit, the nurse was doing her pre-screening, you know, do you feel safe at home, have you fallen recently, blah, blah, blah.  But then she asked, “on a scale of 1 – 10, 1 being the least, and 10 being the most, how happy are you today?”

Such a simple question. But I hadn’t heard that particular one before during a doctor’s visit and it took me by surprise.

Looking back, I shouldn’t have been taken aback.  It’s a rather good question.  Think about it…..

If a patient says 2, that could indicate a real problem.  One that may require further investigation, or at the very least, additional questions to find out if there is something harmful going on.  And depending on the patient’s response, it may require a referral to a professional for help.

Anyway, when the nurse asked me that question, I immediately did a quick survey.  

My response, although not well-thought-out, was an 8.  She looked up at me and said, “that’s pretty good”. 

Hmmm, I guess that most people don’t give that high of a number?

My Inventory to a Happy Day

When she left the room, I thought about what my mind just did automatically to get to that number.

First, I thought about my physical discomforts.  My arthritis causes pain in various parts of my body so I quickly did an assessment – that was possibly a 6 because my back pain always makes me unhappy.

But the good thing was that I didn’t have a headache!  10!

Next, my mind moved on to outside stressors. 

  • I just made great time getting to my doctor’s appointment in the city.  There was zero traffic on my over 1 hour-long trip so that made me extremely happy.  
  • My children are all doing OK.  (they often impact my happiness level).  
  • My relationships with my husband and friends are all good.  
  • My weight was down when I stepped on the scale this morning.  Happy dance!

So that’s how I arrived at an 8. Pretty simple process.

But this got me wondering – what kind of inventory would I take to show that I was living a life full of happiness?

Inventory to Assess Your Life Full of Happiness

Here are some questions that you can use to assess your overall happiness:

How are your relationships? 

Healthy relationships are extremely important to having a life full of happiness. This includes a loving relationship with your significant other but also surrounding yourself with close family members and good friends. 

We experience happiness when our family and friends share common interests and are supportive.

Not only are they there for us but when we reciprocate by giving them love and support, it brings happiness to others as well. And that makes us feel good!

Do you set and achieve goals? 

Those who have a vision, a life purpose, and are set on achieving that goal, are happier than people who lack motivation and wander aimlessly. 

Think about it, how happy are you when you accomplish something that took a lot of time and true dedication to complete? It could be getting into the college of your dreams or finishing your first marathon race. Pretty darn good, right?

Accomplishing goals brings personal satisfaction and happiness.

Do you live in the moment?

Allowing your mind to wander is not a bad thing; we all do it.

But it can scatter your thoughts and ideas. This in turn brings restlessness, anxiety, and an inability to focus.

Especially if there is something weighing heavy on your mind and you are unable to concentrate.

Research shows that you bring more happiness and pleasure into life when you stay in the moment, take one step at a time, and focus.

 ” Instead of bracing yourself for the perils of the unknown, embrace the joy that is here, in your present moment.”

– Michelle Cruz Rosado

Do you sleep well? 

Is sleep elusive?  Do you toss and turn due to worrying about what happened during the day or you’re fretting about tomorrow?

The inability to turn off your mind at night brings negativity into your life.

If this is a problem for you, it would be beneficial to look into the cause and address the issue.

When you are well-rested, you feel better and are able to face the day, no matter what’s in store.

Do you let little things annoy you?

Is it a big deal when you are inconvenienced?

Let’s say your child didn’t cooperate this morning which made you late for work, you spilled coffee in your new car, and your dog jumped onto the white sofa with muddy paws when you got home.

How do you handle situations like that? Does it ruin your whole day?

Do you scream at the offender and then feel bad that you lost your cool? Or do you deal with it and move on?

If you are able to make the best of a bad situation, you are likely a positive person and that leads to a happier life.

Are you happy for others when they achieve success? 

Obviously, we feel great when we are successful. But how do you feel when others find success? Happy? Jealous? Indifferent?

You will find that you can bring more happiness into your life if you’re able to celebrate and share in the joy of others when they are successful.

Can you forgive?

I’m sure that you’ve had someone hurt you at some point in your life.

Everyone has.

When that happens, you run a gamut of feelings, from denial and anger to complete devastation. You can feel vulnerable and truly unhappy.

But if you can find a way to work through your feelings and forgive the person who harmed you, that is when you’ll be able to move on.

Forgiveness is sometimes difficult but worthwhile.

You will never get to complete happiness unless you are able to forgive.

Is Your Life Full of Happiness?

So, as you consider these thoughts on what it takes to live a life full of happiness, how would you rate your own happiness?

  1. On a scale of 1 – 10, what is your level of happiness?  
  2. What did you take into consideration when assessing how happy you are?
  3. Are you happy with your number?

You are in Charge of Your Happiness

Remember that you are in charge of your life: how you handle stressful situations, who you allow into your inner circle, finding satisfaction in a job that you love, and filling your life with whatever brings you happiness.

Happiness Quizzes

There are numerous happiness quizzes on the Internet that you may want to try. Here are a few that are free.

I hope that you are living a life full of happiness!

Read Be a Happy Woman, for additional ideas on how to be happy.

Happiness Inventory List
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