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People always ask me why I’m so happy. In fact, oft times they just want to slap the smile off my face. I can’t explain it, I won’t apologize for it…I’m just a pretty happy guy.
Why? What makes me so happy and someone else…meh.
I walked past a magazine the other night in a bookstore and saw the cover of Psychology Today. It read: “What Happy People Do Differently”. The article (which you can read in its entirety here) talks about many things happy people do including take risks, ignore the bad things, and support others in GOOD times as well as bad.
What struck me (and sounded the BLOG! sirens in my head) was the last part of the article, especially this quote:
“The happiest people have a knack for being honest about what does and does not energize them—and in addition to building in time for sensory pleasures each day, they are able to integrate the activities they most care about into a life of purpose and satisfaction.”
For creative folks, to me this translates to building time into your day for creating, which for some is very hard. But it is a learned skill. I've known morning people, who get up that extra hour early before the house wakes up to practice their craft. In my case, it’s the opposite. I've always been a night owl (even as a kid). So I use those quiet hours to be creative and end each day reveling in the art of making stuff up.
Have trouble finding your creative/happiness sweet spot? Try this advice from the same article.
“Nobody would pretend that finding purpose is easy or that it can be done in a simple exercise, but thinking about which activities you found most rewarding and meaningful in the past week, what you're good at and often recognized for, what experiences you'd be unwilling to give up, and which ones you crave more time for can help.”
Seek out the “fun” stuff, and make more time for it. This isn't rocket surgery! Know what brings you joy? Well then by all means, get busy doing it more.
We happy people are not completely living with our heads in the clouds, living in ignorant bliss. We know what’s up. We know where we stand and how we got here. But we also know the creative step we want to reach next. We know the dream that’s in front of us, and we have a steady gaze towards it.
“If you want to envision a happy person's stance, imagine one foot rooted in the present with mindful appreciation of what one has—and the other foot reaching toward the future for yet-to-be-uncovered sources of meaning.”
To me it always comes back to this: you’ll be happiest when you are fully vested in using the talents God gave you. You don’t have to be strapped to your instrument, chained to your easel, or writing every second of the day. But you DO need to make time for it in your life. Make it an important piece of your life, and quit saying you don’t have the time.
“The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it.” - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Have a great week!
Eric Copeland is entirely too happy, but why wouldn't he be? All he does is think creative thoughts all day helping artists, writers, and others work towards their music and ministry goals. Want help with your creative gifts? Come on, get happy. Check out http://www.CreativeSoulOnline.com
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