Everyday Happiness - Finding Harmony and Bliss

488-Why We Want That Happiness Feeling

October 2, 2022

When we are setting priorities we need to be able to go beyond the "why" it needs to get done to the "why" it is a priority for us and our happiness. Tune in to learn some examples of how I do this in my own life. 





Welcome to Everyday Happiness where we create lasting happiness, in about 2 minutes a day,  through my signature method of Intentional Margins® (creating harmony between your to-dos and your priorities), happiness science, and musings about life. 


I'm your host Katie Jefcoat and we’ve been talking about the tactical part of priorities and creating Intentional Margins®, but today, I want to mix in a little of the why - the feeling we are trying to achieve.  


When we look at our calendar, (which we are going to dig into tomorrow), I want to be thinking about how I would feel.  So for me, having order is a high value, having a clean house and not seeing the mess helps me feel more balanced, relaxed, in harmony and happy.  Now, do I like cleaning, of course not, do I want to spend my time cleaning, absolutely not, is cleaning a high priority for me, does it excite me, no.  But I know that having a clean kitchen in particular helps me feel calm and balance and that is important to me so that looks like during the family meeting, which we do at 8:00am every weekday, my husband and I tidy up the kitchen so when I come home from dropping the kids off at school my kitchen is clean, and when my kitchen is clean, it makes me happy I feel like I can tackle the rest of the day.


When my laundry is done on the weekend so all of the children including myself have what we need for the week and my week flows better I feel more balance and I am able to tackle my week without the stress of having to throw in a load of laundry and stay up late to fold those clothes because that cuts into my sleep and sleep is a high priority for me.  Having enough sleep helps me be a happy person and achieve this harmony I’m after.  


I know that if I get to enjoy one cup of coffee in a quiet house and spend some time on this micro-podcast before my family wakes, up I’m a better mom.  It checks the 2 happiness boxes in the scientific happiness equation 1) of doing something I enjoy (sipping a warm beverage) and 2) writing and researching for this podcast (purpose).    


The more you can align your life with your priorities and how you want to feel, I believe the more balance (or harmony) you will feel.


Until next time. 


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