What makes you happy?

By April 20, 2016 No Comments

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.


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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