Samantha Sutherland of the Huffington Post shares her thoughts on the journey to happiness.

The journey to happiness is unique only to you. Your road will look different than any other persons’ road.  When it comes to life and happiness, there is no end game. There’s no point at which you can brush off your hands and say you’ve reached your happy place and now you can stop.

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”                     — Ernest Hemingway

If you have Happiness as your destination you’re wishing away the present to get to the future. You’re wishing away your weeks for your weekends, and your life for that amazing end point where you’re going to be happy.  But you’re never going to get to that happy ending if you don’t do something to make it a happy journey.  You can’t be happy in the future, you can only be happy now…right where you are.

Sometimes we fall into the trap of wishing for more…something bigger, better, more fulfilling. More time, more activity, more friends. Just remember…You’re happiest when you’re right where you want to be not looking forwards, or backwards, or sideways, or wishing moments away. These moments ARE the journey, and they are the reason for being. Without these moments of happiness where you are connecting – with yourself, your loved ones, co-workers, nature, etc. you will have missed life to get to the end point. Be here, now, and live for these moments, whatever they are. Love the moments, love the days, and you’ll love your life.

“The trick is to enjoy life. Don’t wish away your days, waiting for better ones ahead.” — Marjorie Pay Hinckley

Here are some small ways that can help you find yourself further along on your own journey to happiness.

  • Every morning connect with your “source”, whoever or whatever that is to you. This can be done through nature, meditation, prayer or reading.
  • Shift your awareness and look for joys that come in small, priceless packages. This may be something like a sunrise, flowers in the garden, a smile from someone you love, the feel of the shower in the morning or sipping your warm cup of coffee.
  • Focus on what you CAN DO verses what you can’t. Celebrate what you’re able to do.
  • Move your body naturally. It wants to move and give you “feel good” hormones.
  • Show love and empathy for others. If you see someone who’s blue, give them sunshine.  Send a text. Give them a call or just stop by and surprise someone.
  • Tap into your creativity…do arts and crafts, make something superb in the kitchen or take a class in a topic you’re interested in.
  • Keep a list of personal happiness moments you want to or have experienced. 

Here is my personal happiness list!

  • Be Healthy, Exercise More
  • Read More Often
  • Write Again
  • Road Trips
  • More Bike Rides
  • Have Fun More Often
  • Spend Time with Friends
  • Make New Friends
  • Finish DIY Projects
  • Smile at Everyone
  • Learn Something New
  • Live Each Day to the Fullest
  • Trust in Myself and My Journey