I am writing this post as part of The American Psychological Association’s Mental Health Blog Day. #MHBlogDay
Sometimes it can feel as if true happiness is elusive.Â Between the stresses of work, relationships, parenting, money and all the other goings on in the world, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, sad, angry and just plain fed up.Â I’m not questioning the reality of the stressors listed above, and I’m certainly not doubting the very real effects of mental illness on mood.Â However, I do think we – at least sometimes – tend to make happiness more complicated than it has to be.
I have dedicated the month of May as The Picture of Happiness Month on this blog.Â I have invited women from all parts of my life to share a picture of what makes them happy.Â The catch? The pictures can’t include family, pets or lovers.Â What I’ve discovered (about halfway through the month) is that just as we all look different and choose different paths for our lives, the things that bring us happiness are different too.
True, lasting happiness and contentment might be elusive for many of us; but momentary joy and pleasure are within almost everyone’s reach.
Take a look at some Pictures of Happiness: