This is an archived blog from when I ran Conscious Public Relations Inc. from 2008-2018. Excuse the potential outdated-ness!

The Source of Happiness

Before you call me bitter, let me explain.

It’s all marketing and perception. Disneyland may be marketed as “The Happiest Place on Earth” but it certainly wasn’t for me. Theme parks can be very stressful, especially if you try and do everything in one day. But I am not here to talk about what’s wrong with Disneyland – or why I didn’t enjoy it – today.

Last night I had a great conversation with Leo about my personal progress and my realization that I am trying to work on being happy in the moment rather than waiting for <insert result/experience here> to happen.

Today there were no emotional disasters to report on with my coach (which I call a good week) so she asked if I would like to work on happy reactions. Here is where it gets interesting.

There are lots of things in my world that I’d like to think “make me happy.” Chocolate. Seeing money in my bank account. Compliments from clients. Ice cream. Good food. A great movie or TV show. My niece. Kindness. Travelling to new places. A good joke. Pretty much any type of food that is sweet. But is this genuine happiness, or am I waiting around once again for all of these things to come to pass? What is going on for me that I have to wait for something to happen to feel happy? And why is it such a blessing and a curse that there is such good food made in Vancouver?

It’s an interesting thing to think about the “Disneylands” in your life. Are you working on trying to have that feeling perpetually, so that you don’t have to wait around until you get there? What sorts of tools might you be using?

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