Tell Me, What Makes You Happy?

Do you know what makes you happy? Do you live in a constant state of happiness? Millions of people in the world go about their daily living…unhappy. They exist in a routine of must dos. Must sleep. Must eat. Must work. Scores of couples divorce everyday because either is not happy, nor can they define what would make them happy. Happiness is an intangible elusive emotion sought but never found by many. To Find Your Voice, Speak Your Truth and Live in Peace – you must be able to define your own kind of happiness.

What do you define as a simple pleasure? What makes you smile? What makes you laugh till you cry? What makes you blush? How can you choose to participate in what would make you happy if you don’t know what makes you happy? What ticks you off? What your sensitive to? What you will not tolerate? What are your emotional fears?

Happiness comes from within. Deep within the core of your being is the definition of what makes you bloom with beauty and expressive joy. Your eyes dance. Your face crinkles. Your voice releases sounds of chuckles and giggles. It’s different from person to person. But to enjoy a full life you must be able to both describe and identify the ever indefinable ‘it’ of happiness.

Whenever my guy friends make the big announcement they’ve decided to pop the question. I always ask two questions – 1. What does she do for you? 2. What makes her bloom? The nature of the relationship is found in his answers. The number of years the marriage will probably last is found in the bets that ensue amongst friends. It never ceases to amaze me how many guys can’t answer question number two. They’ve never given any thought to how to keep their intended happy or how she defines happiness.

I challenge you over the next few weeks to tune your ear to listen for the sound of your own laughter. Make a mental or even a written note of what you find amusing. Then make a list of the trends and come up with a definition for your own kind of happiness. And if you are one of the eighty-percent of couples that got engaged over the holidays, listen for your intended’s laughter and watch for the ever so slight romantic smile. Be sure to make that list and hold on to it for all eternity!  

Let me know your definition of happiness in my comment section below. I’d love to hear it!

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Anita Washington

CEO & Founder at That Anita Live
Anita Washington, M.Ed. & M.B.A., CEO & Founder of That Anita Live, LLC, host of the TV show That Anita Live and The Emotional Happiness Podcast with That Anita Live provides a platform for women to learn, laugh and more importantly heal emotionally by learning from the challenges and successes of others. 

A former school and community agency counselor and creator of the 7-Step Method, Anita’s helped guide people from the ages of eleven to fifty through their own life issues, personal transformations and professional endeavors. With an old soul and a comedic, honest voice. She uses many southern colloquialisms and colorful expressions to unwrap personal stories of surviving a homicidal alcoholic father, a mother in denial and four physically and emotionally abusive brothers and relates them to guiding principles and healing techniques.

Through her powerful and uplifting interviews at ThatAnitaLive.TV and The Emotional Happiness Podcast women get to see and hear real women with resourceful stories living relentless lives after life's most devastating events. Through her charismatic and compelling speaking, Anita helps women use the tools and resources they already have to reveal and release success blockers such as childhood trauma and family dysfunction so they can build self-confidence, boost their self-esteem and feel free to live true to their own personality, spirit and character.

In her newly released ebook, 7 Simple Steps to Beat Emotional Baggage, Anita shares actionable techniques that will walk women through letting go of the past and rising above the glass ceiling to reach higher levels of success and satisfaction in life.

From nine-to-five, Anita is a Senior Acquisition Support Specialist, possessing over nineteen years of performing and administering program management and cradle-to-grave commercial and federal contracting activities for acquisitions ranging from $500,000 to over $2 Billion. She has progressively worked her way up the federal acquisition lifecycle and commercial supply chain through various positions from pre-award and requirements definition to commodities buying to contract close-out. In her career, she has mastered the art of transitioning to level-up.

Anita is a graduate of Limestone College, Virginia State University, and Strayer University with a B.S. in Mathematics, an M.Ed. in Guidance & Counseling, and an M.B.A. in Contracts & Acquisitions. You can find Anita online at, Twitter, Periscope, Instagram and Facebook. Her handle is That Anita Live on all four social media platforms.
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