Learning to be happy
Life is full of learning opportunities.
Some we actively seek out, some that just fall in our lap and beg to be taken advantage of. Some are those we want to learn, while some are those we really need to learn so we can move forward.
Whether you enjoyed school or hated it, you’re still a learner. It’s impossible to go through life without learning, we’re wired for it. Formal learning doesn’t suit everyone but curiosity and desire for knowledge will lead you to learn in your own way.
If you’re learning, you’re growing. Trying something new is one of the keys to happiness and the good news is, it doesn’t have to be something big and scary!
New experiences, however small, stimulate and engage us with the world around us. We are surrounded by a never-ending smorgasbord of learning opportunities, any of which could trigger a new obsession and lead us down a completely new path.
Which is really quite exciting!
It can be as simple as trying something new to eat that you haven’t tasted before. Taking a different route to work. Learning how to use a feature on your phone that you didn’t even know was there.
It can be as deep as learning what limiting thoughts are keeping you stuck and what to do about them. Or as frivolous as learning how to tap dance.
Learning gives us feelings of satisfaction and accomplishment. I did it!
If you’re feeling low, experiencing something new can give you a lift. You don’t have to master a new skill, simply trying it is enough to give your confidence a boost. Realising that the benefit is in the having a go, not the outcome, opens the door to all sorts of possibilities.
Who cares if you’re not destined to become a champion figure skater? If you managed to stay upright and make your way once round the rink holding onto the side as if your life depended on it, you can be proud that you accomplished that! You’re one step ahead of those who didn’t even step onto the ice.
Life is an adventure.
The size of the adventure is down to you.
Whether your idea of adventure is strapping on a parachute and throwing yourself out of an aeroplane or learning how to throw at a potter’s wheel, nurture your curiosity, be alert for opportunities and go out there and grab life with both hands.
You’ll be glad you did.