The pursuit of happiness

I would certainly not classify myself as unhappy. I am the type of girl that almost constantly has a smile on her face. I enjoy the little things in life. Even with that being said, I definitely could be happier. Last week my Mom and I went to a class entitled, “The Practice of Happiness for Health and Well-being”. I mentioned in my About me section that I am trying to let loose and not be so rigid with my eating rules. I would choose to stay home over going out with friends because that could lead to uncertain, unplanned and potentially unhealthy foods (the horror!). If I just stay home, I would be able to control and predetermine every morsel that goes in my body and will be able to eat every three hours to keep my metabolism going. I recently realized that my thinking/attitude was way off, and that I needed to change. I can’t just shut my friends out because I’m scared of eating, say, a slice of pizza.


This was the title of the class & description

The class my mom and I took could not have happened at a better time in my life. In this class we talked about certain things that make us happy. Things like family, pets, meditation, reading, and yoga were mentioned. It was a really interesting class, but the most interesting part was when we had to say what our future intentions were in order for us to be happier. I immediately knew what to write: I need to make an effort to see my friends more, and let go of trying to eat “perfectly” all the time.

I have been trying. For example, yesterday I spent the day at the beach with a friend, and then at night I went to see “The Lucky One” (I thought it was so good!) with a different friend. It really feels good to spend time with my friends, I have missed the adventures and shenanigans that we get into. Obviously this doesn’t mean that my problems have automatically gone away, but I think this is a healthy step back to normalcy.


Subway eaten at the beach– Lettuce, spinach, cucumbers, green peppers, onions, tomatoes, and avocado on wheat. It was so stuffed it couldn’t even close, just the way I like my sandwiches 😉


Ignore my mane blowing in my face–the wind was crazy.

Oh and just to clarify, I do not, by any means, think eating healthily is bad. I think it is great and eating healthy foods is one of the best things you can do for you body. BUT, when it becomes an obsession and you cut out foods that you used to love, or change your life just so you can eat healthily, or constantly think about food and when/what you’re eating next then it seems to be an issue.

What are some things that YOU can do to make yourself happier? Has anyone else experienced anything like what I’m going through?