As the Germans say “I can’t see the forest from all the trees”.
Sometimes, the simplest things are those right in front of use and we can’t even see them.
Everybody wants to be happy and we are so focused chasing happiness, that we sometimes completely miss the point.
The thing is, asking “what makes me happy” doesn’t seem to bring a decent answer, or so studies show. In fact, sometimes this has the opposite effect and makes us sad or anxious. Why? Because too often we just don’t know what makes us happy. We are desperate to find happiness and far too often we just don’t know where or are mistaken as to where.
But don’t worry. Luckily enough, we have smart psychologists constantly working on happiness and its relation to us humans and they found out something quite simple to help us out. If you want to do what makes you happy, you just need to ask yourself one simple question: “what makes me unhappy?“
Sounds stupid, right? Can this simple, obvious thing even be worth an article? Turns out, yes! Because behind this simple question that we never ask ourselves, lies a whole world of possibilities. Because we don’t really know for sure what makes us happy, but we always know what makes us unhappy. What if you take that question and turn the answer around? What if you use this question to do exactly what the opposite of its answer tells you? Let’s say, drinking coke makes you unhappy. Take everything related to coke out of your life and drink only water. How do you feel?
This is of course a simple example, but we challenge you to put this into practice. Every Sunday evening ask yourself that question. “what makes me unhappy? What made me unhappy this week?” Then take that answer and make an effort to do the exact opposite this new week.
How do you feel?