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Welcome to another edition of Motivation Monday (because we all need an extra kick when it comes to Monday… :))!



When we lived in New York, I got a lot of questions from people about how I was so happy (remember that job where I was told I was “too happy”?). Yeah, that was fun). But this always seemed so odd to me. 

I feel like happiness is a perspective and in some ways, something that you have to work at. Of course, you can train your mind over time to look at the bright side of a situation instead of being a Debbie Downer. Sure, we all face those situations where it just seems like you are hit with one bad thing after another… and happiness just seems so far away. You get sidelined from working out because of an injury, your car needs a new battery and then BAM an unexpected $800 expense comes along. 

But you know what? EVERYONE is faced with these issues. Everyone has something in their lives that just isn’t going right or isn’t as great as they wish it could be. Even happy people. This is me after I did not hit my PR goal (that I’ve been wanting to achieve for more than three years now…) at the Wineglass Marathon:



I could have easily sat there and been miserable and sad about not having the best race ever, and hating that I didn’t get my huge PR goal. But to me, it’s so much more fun to be happy that I was a) able to run and finish a marathon b) set a new PR by 25 seconds and c) enjoy beautiful scenery and a great crowd along the way. This perspective goes a long way in changing the way you see the situation, and may even bring a smile to your face.

I have always been a firm believer that misery loves company. When you are miserable, more things are apt to make you feel worse, which will make you even more miserable. 

Don’t get me wrong, there are instances and events that will cause you to be sad. And miserable. It’s part of the grieving process. But at some point, you will pass this stage and it will be up to you to figure out how you’ll approach the situation. 

Bottom line, the art of happiness is an art that we can all master. It is not something that is exclusive to those “lucky” people. It is something that YOU can find in your daily life… sometimes, you just have to search for it.



Do you think you create your own happiness? How do you find your “happy spot” when in a down moment/rut?

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