One of the enormous perks of being a human is the joy we derive from happiness.
Just like so many of the other topics in the Creativity Check-In series, happiness is completely subjective as evidenced by the differences in sources of happiness from person to person. I receive happiness from things like eating dark chocolate, talking and brainstorming with my people, and sleeping in on a rainy Saturday morning (or any Saturday morning, if we’re being honest). My husband receives happiness from Star Trek (Next Gen, of course…), talking about the double bass, and figuring out new ways to eat Sriracha sauce. Happiness & happiness.
Thankfully, we’re not in the position to have the conversation of happiness v. happiness, right?
So in a world of work, objective writing, taking work home, and working more, how do we determine the sources of our happiness? It would be amazing to say that our work provides us with all the happiness we need, right? Should we continue to glean happiness from outside ourselves (like work) instead of our inside ecosystem?
What if we excluded work from our search for true happiness? Yes – we have obvious passion for our work as music therapists. We must be passionate about our work to some extent to maintain effectiveness, but…. Where do we draw the line on “standard issue happiness”, and make our own?
To me, this is like taking my mum’s brownie recipe, and changing it so it’s gluten free, and much (MUCH) more chocolatey! We’re not breaking the happiness experience, we’re just changing it to fit our specific needs.
So – that’s nice and fancy, but what does it look like in real life? The only way we can make this search for happiness happen is if we are willing to be master observers and witnesses to our personal experiences. We take our skills as observers to keep track of what our internal happiness meter is telling us, and our inner witness to shout out, “hey! In this moment, you’ve found a glimmer of true happiness!” That witness is a super important component to our human experience!
Here’s how YOU can create your own recipe for happiness!
Recipe for Happiness:
- 1/2 c. of make a list of things you *know* or *think* brings you joy
- 3/4 c. of figure out which of those things on your list gives you happiness
- 1/2 c. of try something new
- 2 sticks of commit to repeating these experiences as often as possible
- 1 c. of pick one of these activities, or a handful of sustainable activities to incorporate into your daily life!
- Mix until all ingredients are incorporated, and bake at the speed of happiness until toothpick comes out clean.
Seriously – You are your best happiness advocate, and you deserve to make the most of each and every creatively happy moment. So don’t let anything keep you from making your own recipe for true happiness. I know you can do it, and trust me – your recipe will be better for you than mine can ever be!
So now is the time, my creative friend! Go forth, and make your own recipe for happiness!
Yours in creativity,
Steward, The Music Therapy Marketplace