I'm currently in mentor-mode, editing a manuscript for a new book written by my friend Sue Kelly. It's called "Still Sexy After 60" (stillsexyafter60.com) and trust me, it's going to be a great book!
Sue talks quite a bit about the importance of finding happiness and keeping happiness about you. I totally agree. In fact, one of the many things I learned from writing my book “Why Being Happy Matters” (whybeinghappymatters.com) is to focus on doing the things that you truly like to do. I know, that sounds simple, but it really is beneficial. And let's face it, finding happiness doesn’t have to be rocket science: it’s often the simple things that count.
Here's an example. I love to sing and I’ve been fortunate to join a local band, The Midlandaires. We perform every Friday at the Midland Legion. It’s a volunteer gig and that adds to my happiness (it's been proven that people who volunteer are happier). Between the rehearsing, performing and volunteerism, I'm a happy camper doing this thing that I love.
So, here's the question: are there pastimes in your life that you really enjoyed doing but you've put them aside? If you've found replacements, great. But if not, maybe it's time to re-connect with those habits or games or whatever it was that made you happy.
The lesson's simple: don’t forget to do those things that you love to do more often: you’ll be paid back in happiness!