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Discover Happiness With Gaiam TV

If you’ve found yourself overwhelmed, and down in the dumps, (much like my wife has been feeling lately), then what better time to discover happiness than around the holidays, and around the start of a new year? I recently discovered Gaiam TV, which is an online place filled with inspirational movies, documentaries, and the like. Gaiam TV offered a movie called “Happy”, which I was intrigued to watch.  I thought it was that the movie took point of views from other countries and cultures.  It always surprises me to know people can genuinely be happy without the comforts of life that we have in the United States.  With many recent tragedies across the nation, it is evident to me that there must be a lot more to life then material possessions.

Watching the film, “Happy”, inspired me to come up with 5 things that make ME happy, and that I would like to improve upon in the new year (and starting now). After you read mine, I’d love for you to leave a comment with 5 things that make you happy, that you think you can work on!

5 things that make me happy:

1)  Learning new things –  The world is fascinating.  Learning about other cultures and gaining an understanding of different disciplines of knowledge is desirable to me.  This is why I love higher education.  I become aware of the world outside of me.  It keeps me non-stagnant and keeps my brain and heart open to new & better ways of handling situations, problems, and grief.

2)  Making a difference in my occupation. People often ask me if I will be happy doing Chiropractic.  My answer is different.  If I can help others in the process of providing for my family, that is what makes my career fulfilling.  It is not necessarily loving the motions of my day but more of working with others for their improvement, and my improvement.

3)  Prayer – I have noticed lately how prayer can change my poor attitude about life.  It gives me an opportunity to ask for help from Divinity and then it is my job to work toward having that change in my life.  I am a selfish person, but when I pray with real intent I can get over myself and my pride.

4)  Physical affection – One of my favorite things to do when I feel bad about myself is to give my kids hugs.  It is wonderful when my kids give me hugs when they see I am having a hard moment.  Love helps me forgive myself and to try again when things don’t go as hoped or planned.

5)  Aftermath of accepting criticism –  I don’t often like hearing the truth about myself, but I am grateful after I do.  It brings me clarity because without it I don’t know where I am in my progress as a growing adult.  I have always had a desire to improve in the different parts of my life (physical, mental, emotional, & spiritual).  I can’t make plans of where to go if I can’t identify where I am first.

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What 5 things make YOU Happy?

 

This is a sponsored post for Gaiam TV. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

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17 Comments

  • All very true! I have always made a point to find the bright parts of my day and trying to focus on that. I love to feed my happy thoughts into the universe and I am frequently rewarded with other positives. Thank you for your post!

  • My true happiness is found in God…which makes living so.much more.worthwhile, as I don’t depend on others or “things” for.my.happiness!! My family also makes me happy and brings me deep seeded peace. Next on my list would be extended family that supports us so faithfully! #4 is my.”job” as mom…its so tiring but I love the chance to be home with them! And #5 is time away…a chance to go away with my husband periodically and recharge our relationship and my our soul to get back in to mommy mode!

  • Thank you for this great review on Gaiam TV, I will be checking this out soon as I get thru the holiday here. I need help, I’m stressing and feeling down in the dumps. this just may help me. things that make me happy though is God, I talk to him daily and ask for guidance, sometimes we forget to be thankful for what we have, when we have so much more really than a lot of people. I’m thankful for my kids, they can usually always bring a smile when you feel like crying. I’m happy I have a home and heat, food and the necessities in life that we need. My health is bad and have pain daily, can’t work anymore and that is what is depressing. I need to work on more ways to deal with my back and leg pain. I’m happy to be alive each day to enjoy the kids in my life, they mean the world to me. I get down in the dumps, bt life is what you make it and I do need to make changes, thank you for this eye opener. Merry Christmas Clever Housewife’s husband.

  • I’m going to have to check this out! I love watching/learning about different cultures.

    five things that make me happy

    1) my mom – she is my rock and my best friend. i’m still so grateful that i’m able to still live at home with her and my three year old son. she is beyond good to us. we share purses/wallets/accessories/coupons and more and it’s just so wonderful to still have that bond.

    2) getting lost in a book or a movie – i always tell people i love watching movies because it’s 1 1/2-2 hours where i can get ‘lost’ and not have to worry about anything going on in my life..a time where i can just breathe and relax

    3) pampering myself – i tend to spend a lot on my son (pretty much every time we go out, i buy him something haha) and do a lot for other people…and i forget i need to take time for myself or i’m going to burn out. and by pampering myself or buying myself something, it helps me see that i can still help others/make them happy and make myself happy without feeling guilty (if that even makes sense)

    4) knowing i can ask for help without being too prideful. if i really need help, i know there are people who are willing help me (if they can) and i shouldn’t be ashamed..so over the years, i’ve come to realize i can let my pride go in order to be helped

    5) prayer – i do find this helps me a tremendous amount. i ask and i receive..he’ll always provide for you and take care of you. he’s never early, never late, but always on time

    great post!!!

  • I am not sure what really makes me happy. I have had a really bad year and it all seams to just get worse. Its hard to be happy when it seams like God is doing all he can to make life unhappy. I try so hard to be a good person yet I feel like it is not good enough. So today I am going to try and find what makes me happy. Here we go.
    1) My Husband- No matter what happens in life he always seams to have a positive outlook on life. He puts on a happy face and keeps going. He takes great care of me. I wish I could be like him.
    2) My Mom- she is so strong. She has been through a lot this year as well. Yet she still keeps on going and trying to hold our family together.
    3) Having a roof over my head and enough money to pay all my bills. That is more then most people have.
    4) Having hope that this year will get better and I will be a stronger person because of what I have been through.
    5) I am greatfull for getting up every day and being able to live my life. Even though its not the life I want, I know its the life God has chosen for me. I am going to try and live it the best I can.

  • Great post Aaron! I love hugs from my kids too! Always brightens my day when one comes up to me unexpected, just to snuggle

  • Great write up Aaron!! It is important to reflect on what makes us happy!! We all have so much to be grateful for!!
    My beliefs make me happy. It brings hope to each day. Knowing I have a Heavenly Father to care and watch over me and to give me strength to go on when things are tough.
    My family make me happy. To know there are people close by to love you for who you are. My family is my strength.
    My health and strength make me happy!! Without them it makes it harder to be a happy person.
    My job though it is hard at times makes me happy because it provides the things that we need at this time. Without it life would be tougher.
    Technology makes me happy because with it I can keep in close touch with family and friends around the world.
    I am so blessed!!

  • Very thoughtful post I could only come up with two. I have gone through many of life’s changes this year and God and my family have held me up when I have been down. I will definitely be checking out this channel and I look forward to positive media and tv programming.

  • Oh, Briann! Honey it is not God that is doing everything to make your life miserable. If you truly know God then you know that he is a God of love. The Bible says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” – Jeremiah 29:11-13 The Bible also tells us that God is not the author of confusion but satan is. Don’t allow him to win the war that he seems to be waging in your life. Remember Job. God allowed satan to bring all those awful things into his life but even though everyone, including Mrs Job, told him to forsake God, He didn’t. Then we see that it was the trials that brought Job closer to God and stronger in his faith.
    Hope this helps you.

  • I love this post 🙂 Things that make me happy that I’d like to give more attention to in the new year…random order of priority:

    1) My husband. He is beyond amazing (people who hear me talk about him think I am just mushy, then they meet him and say “oh wow…he really is THAT amazing!”) in his nature to love, take care of his family, provide, sacrifice, and to keep a happy spirit in all things he does. After 10 years of blissful marriage, I need to seek new ways to show him my appreciation and to make sure I am always doing my best to do for him as much as he does for me.

    2) Faith. My faith relives me of the great burden I would carry if I thought that the weight of the world was solely on my shoulders, and with God’s many blessings I live my life with the ‘too blessed to be stressed’ attitude. I need to do more to get His word out there so others can live life with the same light that shines in my little world.

    3) My children. At the ages of 8 and 9, they are quickly approaching a point that will be here in just a few short years when they are not ‘little kids’ anymore. I am going to continue to keep life fun, teach lessons at every opportunity when issues arise, do everything I can to make sure they know how loved they are, and to keep God very present in our lives so they have the tools they will need when they reach a point of being more independent.

    4) Creativity. My craft room is my ‘happy place’, and with projects come messes. I am going to work on getting some organizational systems in place so in my post-project bliss I don’t hit a brick wall when I have to try to figure out how to put my happy place back together again.

    5) Family. I am going to work on staying in touch with the people in my family that I may not speak to often, as sometimes we get so out of touch, and we never know when ‘in the blink of an eye’ life can take a turn. I don’t want to be left feeling like I missed something by being “too busy”.

    Thanks for this great post, which is an inspiration to get others’ minds working on what matters and how we can better nurture those things.

    Have a happy day, Mr. Clever Housewife!
    ~Vanessa

  • Thank you so much for sharing Briann. I’m sorry you have had such a rough year. I like to think that the rough times we have, are God’s way of putting us through the refining process, to turn us into gems. Trials make us stronger, and hopefully better. I don’t think it is God’s way of trying to make us unhappy, but to make us better, and happier in the long run.

  • Thank you for sharing the scripture reference Katrina. I think you are so right! In those dark times, it can be easy to lose sight of what is real.

  • This post was a great idea. As Adrian Rodgers said, in an email devotional, “Loneliness During the Holidays”, people can feel lonely at holiday times, “But Jesus has said, ‘I will never leave thee nor forsake thee’ (Hebrews 13:5). When I’m discouraged, His presence sees me through. When I’m lonely His presence cheers me up. When I’m worried, His presence calms me down. And when I am tempted, His presence will help me out.” (Adrian Rodgers, Dec. 21, 2012 email).
    I am reminded through this post to be grateful. So I am first grateful that those who have put their trust in God and not their own works have His gift of eternal life (Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 6:23, and John 3:16). Second, although, I feel lonely, since I have accepted Christ as my Savior, I am never alone. Third, I am thankful for friends and family that I have. Although life may be taking them away through health issues or other reasons, we can be thankful we had loving friends and family members when others had none–ever. Fourth, I am thankful for the time to be thankful and for this blog to remind us to be thankful. Some miss out on a lot in life or never feel they have enough because they think they always need more. Then they spend so much time getting more, that they miss spending time with those who are most important in their lives. Then they end up with more than they need, but no others to share it with them. Fifth, I am thankful that I know God, the great Giver to give thanks to because all good and perfect gifts come from Him; and I am thankful for Christmas, a time to remember the GREATEST GIFT of ALL, His Son, Jesus (James 1:17). Six, I think we should be thankful that we can pray for others who are in need of comfort and other things at this time.

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