Happy Person

Hi friends!

How’s it going?!

Happy August 1st!

This day is a big deal to my family because it’s the Swiss National day! So in our eyes, it’s a holiday. :) We always shoot off fireworks, eat a Swiss meal, and decorate. I’m so glad to be at my parents’ house so I can partake in some of the festivities!

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Happy Person

And, in case you didn’t know it, or couldn’t tell, I am a happy person. I just am! :)

(I promise this is going somewhere)

I used to be like this in HS too -super fun (or so I thought. hah.), bubbly, outgoing, friendly, and nonjudgemental.

This all changed with anorexia & later disordered eating issues.  Because of this there were several years in college where I was a cranky, uptight, stress case who judged everyone & anything.

I was super negative, unhappy, & seemed to feel I was living a lie. (I was kind & outgoing on the outside & with friends, but on the inside I was a tumultuous mess).

The summer before I met my husband I started to become a bit more like I used to be, because of a shift in my attitude & thought processes, and so when I met him, I was a lot nicer to myself & a bit less judgmental.

Still not ‘happy,’ but much closer.

Being married to Jared & lifting weights changed my life (specifically getting certified in BP-which is probably one reason I love it so much). I totally credit those two things, as well as my relationship with my Heavenly Father, for helping me turn around & be happy & feel happiness again.

I am a happy person again! I laugh without abandon, I feel joyful & thankful more often than not, and I feel happy most moments of the day.

So when I read this article, I was nodding & agreeing to each & every point, because I KNOW what it is like on the other side.

15 Things Happy People DON’T DO

GO read it.

Here is a sampling of a few from the list that I just said “amen & amen” over & over to:

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And a bunch of other ones, so go read it!

And as an aside, I completely agree that confidence is a huge part of happy people, and this usually comes from having an innate & secure feeling in values & standards that one keeps. Knowing who I am, what I believe, and what I will & will not do gives me confidence and a sense of peace that is unparalleled!

There are of course times when I am not happy and have a really bad day, etc. (Often lately because of hormones & crying….haha.) But the really bad stuff seems not to ‘stay’ with me too much simply because I choose to focus on what IS going well or what it is I am grateful for.

It’s always a work in progress, obviously, but overall I can happily (heh) say I am a happy person again. And it feels beautiful. <3

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Thankful Thursday

  1. I am thankful for pilots who know how to fly planes in bad weather.
  2. I am grateful for A/C.
  3. I am super thankful for sisters & the moments we have to sit down & talk. :)

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Have a GREAT day! <3

Would YOU and others say YOU are a happy person??! What would YOU pinpoint that helps YOU be a happy person??! What are YOU thankful for today??! 

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Comments

  1. I’d think people say that I’m a relatively happy person, but ironically, I’m happy when I’m alone alot of the time doing things like baking, dancing to silly music… ya know..the norm 😉 Today I’m thankful for my glasses, windshield wipers, and 4 wheel drive. The weather was a bad one!

  2. I’m a pretty happy person.. But I have my days as I suppose most do :) see you in a few hours!!!!!

  3. I’m always trying to be a happier person, which I most definitely was not during my eating issues in high school. Today though, I feel pretty lucky to feel happy most of the time.

    I love YOUR happiness and kindness. It just shines through your blog!!

  4. Yes! Totally happy, and I’m so glad because like you, I was so very unhappy at one point in my life. It was a terrible way to live! Of course I have the occasional rough day, but don’t we all?! Love you and your happy self! Have fun with the fam!

  5. Love this! And it’s all so true! I can relate to a lot of what you said. I used to be extremely down in the dumps and depressed – but now that I’ve worked on a lot of my struggles I can’t imagine ever wanting to be back in that sad place again. It’s just so much better to be kind, compassionate, positive, and uplifting! I’ve had people tell me my positivity is annoying sometimes haha, but I don’t care 😉

  6. I’d say that I’m a pretty happy person, especially compared to how I was during the worst of the ED – I couldn’t find happiness or even be content with anything. While I’m not 100% sunshine and rainbows now, I’m definitely in a much better place than I was before!

  7. I am such a happy person lately. I just got engaged, wedding planning is going great, I just found my wedding dress, and ahhhhh I’m so happy :) When I was in my ED I was not a happy person. I thought I was, but I was definitely not!

  8. I love everything about this post! And totally identify with those eating disorder caused unhappy days. What a dark place. I’ll admit, that sometimes I’ll find myself heading back down that path on a rough day, but can now recognize what’s going on and head it off. I agree that when we are secure in ourselves, beliefs, and relationships with those who are important, we gain great confidence and genuine happiness and contentedness. I love your happy self!!

  9. Yes times a million!! Your happiness shines through–and when you’re not in a good mood you let us know that you’re HUMAN and that things aren’t always sunshine and rainbows. People definitely consider me to be a happy and “perky” person. Over the past few years (especially since having kids!) I’ve become A LOT happier and make it a priority to let things go and not get so upset over them–life’s too short to be miserable! I loved the article and shared it! :-)

  10. great list!! I have to admit that I went through phase where I was anything but happy, lucky the last 10 years have been a slow progression to finding peace in my every day life and yes it involves so many of the things you listed!

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