I have 5 ways I measure my level of happiness. First, you might be wondering, why it is I measure my happiness? Because a few years ago I realised I didn’t know what made me happy and what didn’t. Now I do. What makes me happy is that I choose to be happy. I do things that make me smile. I play and have fun daily. I laugh daily. The realisation was simple – I could choose to be happy and make simple changes in my life to achieve that. Part of them was knowing what I do when I am happy and then checking that these things were happening on a daily basis. If I have most of these measures in my life – I am doing well or have things to improve on. My five measures of happiness measured on a daily basis are:
1. How often I smile
2. How often I laugh
3. How well I sleep – there may be times when I don’t sleep as long as I would like (8 hours) but if it’s quality sleep that’s the main thing. There will be times it isn’t and if I have some of the other measures going okay…then good!
4. How well I maintain my weight (this is NOT about body image. I do not measure my weight or if I have lost or gained weight but how I maintain a healthy dress size. I don’t get on the scales but I make sure I am active as part of this and have a dress size between 10 and 14).
5. How I treat others. If I am resorting to sarcasm (which is an insult wrapped in humour) or are reactive or “snappy” or rude I am not treating others well.
At least 3 out of 5 of these going well is good enough for me. If they are not….I do something about it. I reflect and see what is not working for me in my life and I change it.
Sometimes that change might be uncomfortable or difficult – but if handled well and it returns a sense of happiness and peace then I do it!
How do you measure your level of happiness?