Musings by an Introvert: What is Happiness?

I am venturing into the unknown and responding to a writing challenge posed by a fellow introvert, Chris, at 61 Musings.

Here is Chris’s challenge in her own words:

Welcome to the Introverts Blog Quietly writing challenge.  Every Wednesday I’ll be creating a new writing prompt so that introverts can write about their quiet worlds.  IBQ is a way for introverts to share all that goes into living a quiet life.  Feel free to be honest, happy, pithy, poignant, cranky, or write a fairy tale if you would like.  It all counts.

Question: What is Happiness?

I find happiness in solitary walks in the woods.

I’m going to steal something I wrote a year or so ago on my About Page.

I see beauty everywhere… emerging seeds, blossoming flowers and falling leaves… goofy children, teenage angst, confused new parenthood, balancing family and work, graceful old age… Life is a joyous adventure, filled with paradox and mystery as well as sense and order, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I believe the key to happiness is accepting everything that life has to offer, good and bad, and finding the treasure in all of it. For example, when my 20-year-old is upset because he didn’t get a job after a fantastic interview, or his tire blows out on the freeway, and he’s two hours away and I can’t help him, I worry and fret for him. I especially understand how uncomfortable these kinds of situations are for him, knowing he is also an introvert.

Then I take a deep breath and realize these challenges are the very things that make up life, and are transforming him into who he is going to be next. Who am I to take those opportunities for growth away from him by “trying to make it better?”  Of course I can console him, but he will develop strength and confidence the more he meets these challenges head on and gets to the other side.

Jan 2012 head down
Taking an introvert recharging moment.

Most of you know me as a bubbly, cheerful, always happy person. But I’ve had years of ups and downs, literally! I’m bipolar. Yet those challenging years of depression and confusion and angst were exactly what got me to this contented state of happiness. I grew to believe that life is meant to be joyful, and since no one else can make me happy but myself, I need to find ways to do just that.

Another part from my About Me page:

Because of an often difficult life I have learned to find miracles in the moment.  When I appreciate I thrive and so when I am in a bad place… as so many of us are from time to time… I look for those tiny miracles.  When I start noticing them, and appreciating them, they multiply!

This blog is a natural expression of finding those beautiful miracles for myself, and then sharing them with others, hopefully inspiring them to find their own. Cultivating joy is a daily practice, and one well worth doing.

So what is happiness for me? It’s riding the thrilling roller coaster of life, braving the terror of going down, yet trusting that it will be going up again.

As always I am so pleased that you visited. Your comments warm my heart and put a smile in my day. :D I would love to know what happiness means to you.


An introvert selfie.

Linking to IBQ: What is Happiness?


14 thoughts on “Musings by an Introvert: What is Happiness?

  1. Thank you for this post, Meghan.
    It really touched me – I’m glad I found your enlightening blog.
    Best wishes to you,
    Emma 🙂

  2. Thanks! I figure it’s a combination of my ‘home’ and my ‘office’ so I want it to be a place I like to come to and invite people into. My favorite new thing is the random post just for you widget.

  3. Thanks so much Y! That photo was taken at our wedding in the woods in Idaho. It’s one of my favorites. (The pic of me was taken by a friend. The woods are my shot and they’ve been photo-shopped together and a glow added.) The wedding actually was in those woods but the photo has a different view in back of it.

  4. Meghan – that first photo of you is so wonderful – has a natural feel – with you laughing and head tilted -a nd all those trees – what aGREAT shot – and the other pics are cool too – nice post for the challenge. 🙂

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