What comprises happiness for you?
For me as a human being 'happiness' seems to ebb and flow.
I'm happiest when my most basic human needs are met and I am present to Love. Love is within and all around me as an experience made up of simple moments.
Moments are made up of fractions of time. While we all have the same 24 hours a day, each of us spends our time according to our needs and priorities. Sometimes needs shift and priorities get confused...
Opportunities to spend engaged in what I enjoy or what makes me happy are possible when I have the money necessary to have essential resources.
Our needs as human beings are dependent on inner and outer resources.
External resources are necessary as they provide security and a sense of stability. We need shelter, food, clothes, and tools to make and prepare these basic necessities. Without money we cannot get resources. And without work one cannot obtain money.
It is our internal resources that help us prioritize and fulfill our needs.
Therefore, well-paid work is important to the happiness equation?
Even when the work I've performed has been enjoyable, the time spent at work seems greater than the time I have left to dedicate to myself and my relationships.
What happiness is there when our relationships or experiences are not cultivated, enjoyed, and nurtured?
I hear more and more folks complain that their wages are not enough and that they rarely 'have time.' Even those who make a very good salary complain that they work too much.
If you ask me it seems like the lifestyle of servants.
By contrast, there are those who live in humble even poverty like circumstances, but, who are not concerned with status, success,.... They are rich in spirit and truly seem happy because they have time and basic resources. They care for each other, live in greater harmony with their surroundings and simply do not take life too seriously.
First, what is a lifestyle?
Lifestyle is defined as the habits, attitudes, tastes, moral standards, economic level that together constitute a way of living for individuals and groups.
What kinds of lifestyle are there?
Lifestyles of the rich and famous, ascetic, bohemian, hippie,...
Many different lifestyle options.
I cannot imagine a lifestyle that is consistently supportive of my happiness because life is ever changing. However, what I enjoy and value will always influence the lifestyle that brings me fulfillment and happiness.
The lifestyle that brings me happiness is one that allows me to have time for myself and others and that allows me to just be and to choose what I want to do. It is a lifestyle between having ample resources without extreme luxury or void of comfort.
I imagine this lifestyle to be flexible and interdependent on others goodwill and altruistic nature. It is lifestyle that I want to co-create, collaboratively to foster unity.
What's your happiness lifestyle and how have you cultivated it, or how will you?
Is your life in harmony with what you value?
What are your priorities and does your work and lifestyle support it?