In the beginning of the year, there was a prompt in the few pages of my planner asking what is my power mantra. I did not have one in particular. I simply wrote, “I’d rather be happy.”
Now it’s the end of year and I revisit the “what is my mantra” prompt towards the last pages of the planer. Then it asked if it changed since the beginning of the year.
I thought really hard about it and truth is, it has not changed. It looks like “I’d rather be happy” is here to stay.
I believe happiness supersedes everything. For every decision, I always make sure my happiness could weigh on my decisions. All year people have questioned and challenged me that happiness simply can’t be my root motivator — it can’t be everything. Happiness can’t pay the bills and that’s true. All year I confronted these challenges and as I am about to compromise my happiness for “something better”, I come back to find out happiness is the only driver, my only engine in my life. Happiness because:
- It gives me purpose – If something or someone is making me miserable no matter what I do to “fix” it or “fix” me, why should I continue to pursue. There has been plenty of times people has rubbed the (small) negative things in my face that my nose hurts thinking about it because they’re trying to rub this to the ground. There is no way that small thing making my life awful should be my purpose in life. I would rather deflect and pursue things that bring me joy.
- I feel less tired and stressed. Because I am not putting all my energy on the small, negative thing.
- …and it is for the sake of health — Physical health, mental health — all health. I recently decided I will no longer self-martyr to contest I am the hardest worker.
Mantras to put in place for a happier life:
- Be happy. Be bright. Be you.
- Always look on the bright side of life.
- Do more of what makes you happy.
- Find joy in the journey.
- I am charge in choosing how I feel and I choose happiness.
- Happiness can exist only in acceptance.
- If you want to be happy, be