Friday, 19 October 2012

Challenge Yourself | How To Be Happy

If you haven’t already noticed, here at the Ma Bicyclette “headquarters” we have been making a conscious effort to challenge ourselves and to write about things we wouldn’t normally dare to.

I wanted to challenge YOU, the readers, to challenge yourselves too.

Ma Bicyclette: Challenge Yourself | Be Happy

I can assume that your life is complicated. If we were any other creature our lives would be relatively simple; eating, sleeping, reproducing and then dying. But, being a human, we do all the things that other creatures do and more, yet tend to feel that it isn’t enough. Everybody wants a little more than what they already have, whether it be money, relationships, power or freedom, we are all dreaming of something that we feel will make us happy.

A Comfort Zone Outside Of What We Are Used To


I determine that our comfort zone isn't the place that we are most used to, or feel most at ease in. I believe our comfort zone is what is beyond our everyday lives, it is us dreaming of what we want next, and never settling for what we have. We know that a new item of clothing or a bowl of ice cream is going to give us that rush of happiness. It is pretty much guaranteed. Tried and tested. Stepping out of this comfort zone would involve being happy in this moment with what you have, with the people you already know and instead of dreaming, living right now.

Your Task | 5 Things You're Happy About


My task for you is to write down 5 things that you are happy about in this moment in time. Nothing that is going to happen in the future, and nothing that has happened in the past. Remind yourself of things that make your life good, five things that you are thankful for.
Now, tear it up into tiny pieces and throw them all away. The point isn't what anyone else thinks about what you've written, it's about reminding yourself of how lucky you are.

Constant Exposure To Good Things Can Be Bad For The Soul


Imagine walking into a kitchen that smells like freshly baked bread. If you stay in the kitchen for too long, you will become so used to the smell that you won't be able to smell it anymore. The same thing happens with your happiness, if you are constantly exposed to good things, they will fade into the background and you will take them for granted. Every once in a while, you need to take a metaphorical step out of the happy kitchen, and when you go back in, you will be able to appreciate the smell of fresh bread again.


Steph H
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