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What I learned about Myself from the 30 Day Happiness Challenge

Posted on September 6, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Every year Summer and I…I am talking about the season of the year here…

Well… we always seem to end up in this hot and heavy love affair.

Summer seduces me with the sweet melody of the birds chirping outside my window, entices me with the perfume of the full bloom flowers, and indulges me with the sweet intoxication of fresh fruits and vegetables that is only available to me this time of the year.


So… it’s now September…And like a thief in the night… Summer has left me. Now sad and broken hearted, Summer has left me with only memories to keep me company. However… Fall…well…he’s standing outside with his suitcase full of Fall clothing, daylight savings, gloomy weather, and that brisk cool air nipping at my noise that lets me know it’s time to bring out the blankets and the comforters.


Normally year after year… my heart would break and yearn for those Summer days and Summer nights.

However…What I learn from our 30 Day Happiness Challenge is that I can be happy in any season, in any situation, in any environment…. “Activity is another name for happiness. Give free, unfettered play to your unique talents, live with the full radiance of your being. This is what it means to be truly alive.” (Daisaku Ikeda)


I was in love with Summer…Summer was a symbol of happiness for me, but the reality is…Summer was not responsible for making me happy. I couldn't believe it...but it was true...I was the one that was making myself happy and Summer was along for the ride…taking all the accolades. Everything that made me happy during the 30 Day happiness challenge was really simple things that I did by myself…for myself. Of course, I enjoyed every moment that I spent with family and friends during my happiness challenge…But I really didn’t have to go out of my way to make myself happy on any particular day.


And I am pretty sure by now… everyone who participated in the 30 Day Happiness Challenge has already figured out their happiness formula. Yes…that’s right…there is a formula to being happy…and most likely you forgot all about this fool proof formula with the hustle and bustle of the world.


Many times we give people or things credit for our happiness…and yes…they are part of the equation…but just part. So I tore down my Berlin wall and I decided to welcome Fall in with open arms... And...As I slowly put away the memories of Summer...Summer becomes a distant memory allowing me to look forward to all the things that Fall has to offer me.

What I’ve learned from this 30 Day Happiness Challenge is... the most important part of this happiness formula... is…Me.

~xoxo Sincerely Yours, Nerisa :)

Acknowledgement: Illustration






Categories: *My (Nichiren) Buddhist World*, 30 Day Happiness Challenge