As we continue into an endless summer/beginning of fall. I’m going to ask you to consider some questions.
The only rules are to answer honestly AND pause for three to six seconds after each question to consider your answer.
The great and scary thing about these questions is that only you know the answers.
You never have to say the answers out loud or share them with anyone but I think it’s essential to take stock from time to time to make sure you are on the right path.
This is only the beginning of an long conversation on SissyBeard about happiness.
The quote at the end of the questionnaire by F. Scott Fitzgerald is framed on a wall in my office. With every breath, I know we have a choice as to what direction our life goes. We always have the option to change or stay the course.
Before we we know whether or not anything needs to change in our lives we first need to assess how we feel about our current situation.
That’s the goal in answering the following questions. Just take stock.
Ready, Go (don’t forget to pause after each question):
Are you happy overall with your life? (that’s a big huge one to open with)
(AND NOT, well I should be happy but…)
What makes you feel happy?
Do you think you deserve to be happy?
Are you scared to be happy? (it’s a pretty vulnerable feeling)
Let’s back up: Can you define happiness for you?
When was the last time you felt happy? (you can close your eyes and try to remember)
What makes you laugh?
What do you look like when you’re happy? (are you smiling, laughing, hiding)
What is your happiest memory? (you can close your eyes again and remember)
Was anyone else there? (being alone is wonderful, too)
What were you doing?
Why were you doing that?
Can you do that again?
That’s all for today.
“I have frequently seen people become neurotic when they content themselves with inadequate or wrong answers to the questions of life. They seek position, marriage, reputation, outward success of money, and remain unhappy and neurotic even when they have attained what they were seeking. Such people are usually confined within too narrow a spiritual horizon. Their life has not sufficient content, sufficient meaning. If they are enabled to develop into more spacious personalities, the neurosis generally disappears.”
― C.G. Jung
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