“I will be happy when” is something I hear probably every week, maybe even daily.
“I will be happy when this meeting is over.”
“I will be happy when it’s the weekend.”
“I will be happy when I lose 20 pounds.”
“I will be happy when I have a boyfriend/girlfriend.”
“I will be happy when I have more money.”
These are a few examples of the variations I hear my friends, coworkers, etc. saying or even catch myself saying. I think it is kind of silly. Sure, some of these things may give us a sense or relief, momentary joy, or more confidence. But none of these things directly mean you are going to be happier. They can help or be a temporary solution to happiness, but you need to figure out what makes you happy long term and what you can do in the present to create more happiness for yourself.
I guess what I’m trying to get at is you need to find what makes you happy and incorporate those things into your life more. You can control your own happiness and your own outlook on things.
I love the weekends and look forward to them, so to make my weekdays feel more like the weekend, I try to go on adventures after work. These adventures are anything from a run around my neighborhood, a walk to somewhere new, or a dinner out. Exploring, exercising, and trying new restaurants are all things that make me happy and excited. Those things don’t just have to happen on the weekends. The weekends aren’t what make me happy. I make myself happy when I choose to do the things that keep me happy!
Don’t focus on when you think you will be happy or what you think will make you happy. Do what you know makes you happy each day. I know it sounds cliché but it really does make a big difference in the outlook you have on life.
I hope this makes sense. I get all of these random bursts of ideas after I listen to podcasts that inspire me and this is definitely a product of one of those bursts of ideas. Have a happy rest of your week!
Also, I know this cover photo has nothing to do with the topic of this post, but I did take this photo on one of my weeknight adventures 🙂