What makes you happy?

By April 20, 2016Lifestyle

Last night Louise and I sat down and sketched out our future with a glass of red wine. It is lucky that Louise is a good artist otherwise we would have ended up with prioritised lists and IF/OR formulas in Excel. I for one have been having a bit of an identity crisis lately. Yes, Girona is an incredible place to live, but what do I want to be doing here in 5 years, 10 years?

At some point in all our lives we need to ask ourselves “what really makes me happy?” So many people go through their lives doing a job they do not enjoy, in a place they do not enjoy.

A study on happiness showed that just 10% of happiness is due to external circumstances and a whopping 40% on your thoughts and actions. That means we can be up to 40% happier if we focus on doing the things that we love and make us feel better.

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In my case Louise took me back to my roots growing up in the Lake District in North England. There as a young child we spent days playing in the fields, walking and cycling. Later on I really got into sports, of course wanting to be Paul Gascoigne and later mountain biking in the mud was more fun. I studied Engineering because my big brother did it, so my brothers also clearly have an influence on my happiness. Then there are the tried and tested formulas that I have learnt over the years. I need to see my family at least once every 3 months. I need to cycle every day (apart from planned rest days). I get bored with routine and so on. By capturing these snippets Louise painted a wonderful picture that ended up in an actionable plan. Many of the actions are experimental, low commitment and a way to try out whether the new direction will create happiness.

So what is the new direction? Keep following EatSleepCycle to find out!

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