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    Finding Your Five Factors to Happiness

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    Have you ever thought about what really makes you happy?

    Not what other people do to make you happy, or how many likes and comments you’ve gotten on your last social media posts, but what do you need to do to make sure you’re reaching your genuine happiness?

    I’m creeping up into my mid twenties, and I’m still pretty sure I have myself 55% figured out, if that. And not in the “I’m having a quarter life crises, somebody help me,” kind of a way, but in the way that I’ve acknowledged that there are so many things that I still don’t know about myself, I’m still unsure of everything I love doing, and definitely need to discover a hell of a lot more of things that I’m not even sure I like doing. The fact is, I’m open to discovering new things about myself, all in the quest to achieve self actualization, in other words, I’m ready to discover how to better achieve my full potential and feel great about it.

    Despite being an entrepreneur, I spend a lot of my time doing things I need to do, which takes away from the hours I could be spending trying out new things out and keep learning about myself. Of course, there’s always time to do things you want to do, but what if you don’t know what that is?

    Exactly, this ish gets complicated.

    The overwhelming truth, is that in 2017, passion can be found in hula hooping, acrobatic dancing, or even writing on a typewriter. With so many options, the feeling of discouragement, and anxiety is greater than ever. Shoot, my whole life, I feel like I was trying to find “that thing” I loved and felt like I could do for the rest of my life, my one true talent. In my younger mind, there was never a win-win because I never discovered my one thing. I compared my raspy voice to that of my talented sister’s, no one responded, I compared my chicken scratch drawings to my brother’s eloquent art pieces, no luck there either. I was always trying to chase my happiness based on the idea that I needed one talent that set me apart from other people, until I realized my happiness can never come from just one thing.

    The road to my happiness has always been way more complex than that.

    five factors to happiness

    Jo circa 2010 at a ripe 17 years of age with a driven mentality, but so much more growing to do. Not much has changed, while other things have completely transformed.

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