365 Day Blog Post Challenge 2019
190. What is your personal secret of happiness
What is my personal secret to happiness? That’s easy… medication. 🙂
Just kidding… although let’s be honest, for someone that suffers from extreme anxiety, panic disorder and OCD, there are sometimes when medication is what it takes to be able to feel happiness. Although I would prefer to not have to use any form of medication (I hate pills), there are just sometimes when it is necessary.
On a day to day basis, my personal secret for happiness is to keep things in my life organized. Even when things at home or work seem overwhelming, I tend to be a much happier (and more relaxed) person if I have a clear, organized list of what needs to be done.
I notice at work that if I let things go for to long without taking time to stop and reevaluate and reprioritize, I start feeling defeated and slightly depressed. When I get to this point, I need to stop myself and take a few hours to go through all of the pending work that needs to be completed and put things in order by priority and take care of any looming issues that have been lost in the pile of papers on my desk. I not only feel happier when I do this, but much more in control and productive.
On the home front, I am a much happier person when I have my planner (which I use for daily/weekly/monthly tasks and obligations). I am constantly updating it and noting new things that I want to complete. It helps free up my mind when I have everything written in one location. I feel that is the only time that I can release it from my brain and move on to other things. I also find that my memory is just getting worse and worse as I get older so sometimes if I don’t write it down, I simply forget to do it.
I truly believe the reason that organization brings me happiness is that I so often feel out of control. For me, having my life planned and organized is the only way I feel like I have control of what is going on around me. Anxiety tends to yield its ugly head when I feel out of control, which of course, diminishes my degree of happiness.
I have to admit that part of the happiness comes from checking things off of all of these lists when I have accomplished them. There is something so gratifying in knowing that you actually completed something you set out to do.