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 at That Anita Live is a Personal Development Coach helping women become Emotionally Whole, Emotionally Healed and Emotionally Healthy. She teaches women to live unashamed of their secret story with an old soul and a comedic, honest voice. Anita uses many southern colloquialisms and colorful expressions to unwrap personal stories and relate them to principles and techniques. Through her powerful and uplifting interviews at ThatAnitaLive.TV and story packed speaking, you learn how to make tough choices and fight to stay focused in the face of adversity. Anita challenges women to use the tools and resources they already have to reveal and release success blockers such as childhood trauma and family dysfunction to build their confidence and turn adversity into adventure! She’s a Personal Success Strategist, Women’s Empowerment Expert and Inspirational Speaker. 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 and on Twitter, Facebook and Periscope - handle @ThatAnitaLive.
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