Fatherly Advice: Dont wait for happy to arrive

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You can be happy now.

You don’t have to long for some perfect future to arrive first.

You don’t need to wait for perfection.

Perfection is overrated.

What is it anyway?

Can you really apply it to any part of your life?

If you did get there would you pause for breath or be straight onto the next thing?

Action for Happiness says 40% of our happiness is down to the conscious choices we make.

They say there are 10 steps you can take which “consistently tend to make people’s lives happier and more fulfilling”.

  • Do things for others
  • Connect with people
  • Take care of your body
  • Notice the world around you
  • Keep learning new things
  • Have goals to look forward to
  • Find ways to bounce back from difficulties
  • Take a positive approach
  • Become comfortable with who you are
  • Be part of something bigger that gives you purpose and meaning in life

That’s a good list to start with.

If you are not quite ready for the full doze of happiness then you could try just one.

I like notice the world around you …

I’m looking around now.

I can see a photgraph of my children when they were little more than babies.

It was almost Christmas time and we were trying to get a photo of them all looking at the camera.

It took a long time but eventually the moment came.

Looking at that photo does make me a little happier.


Can you see one thing that makes you just a little bit happier?

I hope so.

If all of this happy talk is too much then an antidote may well lie in the Gerry Rafferty song Baker Street.

I don’t think of it as a happy song.

It’s reflective and sad with a melancholy power that makes it timeless.

I like the line one more year and then you’d be happy but that’s not advice that I think should be followed.

You can spend a lifetime waiting for happy to arrive.

Lyrics to Baker Street are here

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