“Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.” ~Joseph Campbell
Ever notice how therapists, life coaches and self-help gurus seem to have this big fascination about finding your happy place? What do they mean when they say “happy place,” exactly?
“Your happy place can be a physical location or an internal destination,” says certified life coach Angie Atkinson. “It’s all subjective, really. But when you find the place that seems to help you calm down, feel good and even just smile for maybe even no apparent reason – that’s the one. Your happy place makes you feel safe and secure. It feels like your problems are a million miles away.”
How do you find your happy place?
If you don’t already know how to find your happy place, then you haven’t found it yet. Some people create a sanctuary in their homes, whether it’s their bedroom or their family room – or something else altogether. Others choose to find theirs outdoors in nature, and still others will use their happy memories and sort of go to their happy place in their mind.
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What if your happy place isn’t in your home?
As the age of the pandemic drags on, many of us have spent way too much time “sheltering-in-place” (AKA cooped up in our homes). As the stir craziness sets in, finding your happy place (outside of your home) might seem like a thing of the past. You might feel like there’s no point in even considering going outside unless it’s absolutely necessary. But with the right precautions in place, it could just be time for you to ShineBuzz your way to your happy place – somewhere you might not expect!
As one New Yorker teaches us, there are still plenty of ways to get out into nature and stay safe. Here’s more on that story.
I’m a New Yorker — a Manhattanite. After spending four months in my apartment sheltering in place, then witnessing the looting by opportunist and career criminals of businesses that were barely surviving due to being closed, it was time for me to leave my beloved city and get into nature.
It was July 4 weekend, and although Lake Placid had canceled all its events including Ironman, concerts and even fireworks to avoid pulling in crowds, the streets were filled with people — many tourists, all eager like myself to leave their homes, cities and confinement and get to nature, where they could enjoy the freedoms and recreation. Most of the people were wearing masks in the streets, and those who I asked who were not turned out to be visitors.
Where’s YOUR happy place? Let us know in the comments.