One thing Iâ€™ve noticed recently is that itâ€™s not that hard to live a happy life, especially for someone like me who was born and grew up in a country like Japan. (Having said that, however, I should point out that there are many, many unhappy people in Japan as well)
What I mean by â€œliving a happy lifeâ€ is similar to living a healthy life, except itâ€™s about both physical health and mental health. I do have worries, big and small, but overall, I feel Iâ€™m OK about my situation and with that feeling I can say Iâ€™m happy.
Iâ€™m grateful and feel lucky about my situation.
I bet most of you who read this post do belong to this group of people who can live a happy life without struggling for real survival.
Just like living a healthy life is a choice, living a happy life is a choice, too. If you want to live a happy life and find your current life not as happy as it could be, then I recommend you to change the way you live your life. Simply realizing somethingâ€™s not working and being honest about it can help you get to a better place.
So, if living a happy life is relatively easy for me and I want to do something more challenging, what can I do?
I mentioned this in a recent post, but what Iâ€™ve been thinking a lot about these days is what it means to live a meaningful life. â€œMeaningfulâ€ is a tricky concept here. What I have in mind when I think of living a meaningful life is to live a life in which I give values to people and to the world, so I could probably say â€œmeaningfulâ€ here is like â€œvalue givingâ€.
I donâ€™t know how I can do it, but I want to give more and better values to people around me and to the world. This is very general. Nonetheless, itâ€™s a guide I can follow. I have no idea where I will end up, but I know where Iâ€™m heading. Whatever I do to improve myself and to be a better person will be relevant to this aim of giving values in one way or another. Letâ€™s go beyond personal growth for the sake of your own happiness and grow to be a better version of you who enrich lives of others.
On that note, I ask: what values can I or could I give to you?