While searching around to find the secrets to happiness, I found these on a site called Life Optimizer
Use your talents
True happiness involves the full use of one’s power and talents."There are two lessons to take from this quote. First, you should find your talents and second, you should use them to the fullest. Working in your talents is a sure way to enjoy your work because it’s something you are “hardwired” to do. Using your talents fully will make you even happier because of the satisfaction of doing your best."
Next I found this great tip from the same site:
Be who you are
The summit of happiness is reached when a person is ready to be what he is."You can only be happy if you become who you are. Don’t live other people’s life by trying to meet their expectations. People may expect you to have certain job or certain way of living but don’t be intimidated by them. Find who you are and be yourself."`
Sometimes I have to justify to people that what I am doing is what I am trying to achieve so that I can have a successful career working from home and then eventually having my own boutique. Some people think that I am some young person without any education just doing something stup;id but I have to remind them that yes, I do have four years of a college education behind me and a few years of marketing and advertising to back me up through this whole process, I am doing what I want to do not what someone expects of me.
It is truly a shame that I had to graduate in the worst economy that this country has seen since the great depression. However, what if it wasn't, and would I still be working in some corporate environment working late into the night in a crappy office - would I still be happy? Most likely not because I havent been happier doing what I am doing now.
Do I miss the office chatter? Nah, there is Facebook chat to keep me busy during the day with all my other unemployed friends. Do I miss human interactions? Nope - I get it when I go out to the grocery store, or beads supply store to get stuff. I enjoy talking to strangers more than I ever did with co-workers. No more accidentally revealing private information in my life to co-workers because let's face it, it really shouldn't be talked about because most of the time it back fires on you.
Is this something I really wanted to do - No? I always wanted to be a stay at home mommy. But now that I have had the taste of being my own boss and doing stuff that I love to do, I am not so sure when I want to start having a little family. I'm using my talents right now and am living a pretty happy life right now. I thought I was ready a few months ago but recently all that has changed as my business began to take off. It's ok to not jump into the having kids part of my marriage to Mr.Hockey! We are enjoying our time just being us two and our little dog Benji and seeing where life is taking us! Working on building a successful brand would be much much harder with a crying baby in the background.
What makes you happy? On the days that you feel at your worst, channel your inner thoughts and think about what you can be doing differently with your life? Making you happy shouldn't just always rely on making the most money because as we all know, money really doesn't buy us much happiness, its basically a blocker for the feelings that we are feeling. So go ahead, I challenge you to think about what you could be doing differently to really make you happy! If your already happy then I guess this post really doesn't apply to you :)