February 17, 2012

“It’s all about balance”

In the post Happiness: "You Bring Your Own Weather To The Picnic." posted @ Happiness project blog we have good insights about life. See some points bellow:

What’s something you know now about happiness that you didn’t know when you were 18 years old?
It’s all about balance.
Is there anything you find yourself doing repeatedly that gets in the way of your happiness?
Yes. At the risk of making people click off this website, the Internet is often a waste of time that leaves me feeling drained and unhappy. Again it’s about balance—you’ll see a theme here. Some time online or texting or playing with social media is fine and probably healthy—but not a lot. Think about those times you are forced to unplug. You’re happier, right?
Is there a happiness mantra or motto that you’ve found very helpful? (e.g., I remind myself to “There is only love.”)
I have two mantras.
One I’ve already typed twice before: It’s all about balance.” Family, writing, health, friends, surfing the web—whatever. They all need to be in balance. If I’m not writing well, I’m not happy. If I’m not spending enough time with my family, I’m not happy. If I’m not connecting to friends or if I don’t work out enough…. You get the point. Everything has to be balanced. Nothing should be an extreme.
My second mantra is more basic: You bring your own weather to the picnic.” My kids roll their eyes at this one, but there is no question that attitude can go a long way.