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5 Things That Make You Happy

I have been listening to podcasts for the last several months and with the New Year a lot of them are reviewing 2018 and setting intentions for 2019. Last week I was listening to one (I believe it was Rachel Hollis’ Rise podcast) and one of the things she said to do was list 5 things that make you happy. When was the last time you asked yourself that question? I don’t think I have ever asked myself that question so I started to try to list stuff. It is really hard! I am still working on this list a week later and I haven’t gotten too far. So I got to thinking that we as a society (or maybe it is just me) focus on all the things that we “have” to do that we forget about the things that make us happy. So in 2019 I am committing myself to doing more of the things that make me happy and saying no to more of the things that don’t serve me. With this being said I realize that there are things that we sometimes have to do that we don’t want but that doesn’t have to be the majority of the things that we do. So I want to hear from you. What are your 5 things that make you happy?

I love to work and enjoy it so it is one of my 5 things that make me happy. Over the last couple of years I have found that my focus is changing and I want to reach more than just the people I come in contact with everyday. One way to do that is through social media. I have been wanting to consistently blog and serve for the last several years and as you can see it hasn’t stuck so this year will be different. I want serve by providing information and inspiration for those of you that are searching. The name of this blog is Get Well. Stay Well. but it will probably encompass lifestyle and my journey. Beware I “squirrel” a lot! Anything shiny distracts me so this blog could be on anything at any given time. Lol! I have so many things that I still want to learn and one of the best to learn is to teach. So bear with me and enjoy the ride!

Motivation vs. Inspiration

Motivation seems to be something that everyone wants and yet we all have a hard time getting it. What is interesting is that people seem to think that motivation and inspiration are the same thing. People seem to think that the two have the same meaning and the two words are often used interchangeably. This is not an accurate assumption.

Let’s look at the meanings of each of these words.

Motivation: (as taken from the Dictionary)

1. the act or an instance of motivating, or providing with a reason to act in a certain way
2. the state or condition of being motivated or having a strong reason to act or accomplish something
3. something that motivates; inducement; incentive

Inspiration: (as taken from the Dictionary)

1. an inspiring or animating action or influence
2. something inspired, as an idea.
3. a result of inspired activity.
4. a thing or person that inspires.

By looking at the definitions you can see that motivation seems to imply that there is a goal to reach. So the goal has a pulling force on the individual creating motivation. The individual has a “motive” to reach that goal, whether it be to lose weight to look good in their swimsuit or have financial freedom to have a retirement home.

Inspiration on the other hand, is more of a process. If something or someone inspires you, it touches you on the inside and connects you to a state of being more excited, productive, purposeful or anything that comes as a result of being inspired.

So, inspiration is something that you feel on the inside, while motivation is something from the outside that compels you to take action. Inspiration is a driving force, while motivation is a pulling force. They both can help propel you forward.